Notice Of Environmental Impact Assessment, RBGP3 2000MW Combined Cycle Power Plant, Richards Bay IDZ Zone 1F, Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal

Applicant: Phakwe Richards Bay Gas Power 3 (Pty) Ltd

Proposed Location: The development is proposed on Erf 16820, Erf 16819 , Erf 1/16674 , and Subdivision of Erf 17442, situated within Phase 1F of the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RIDZ) located approximately 5km north east of Richards Bay and 1km north of the suburb of Alton

Proposed Activity: Phakwe Richards Bay Gas Power 3 (Pty) Ltd (PRBGP3) proposes the development of a combined cycle (CC) gas to power plant, with a capacity of up to 2 000MW, on various erven within the Richards Bay IDZ Phase 1F, Richards Bay. The proposed project is to be known as the Phakwe Richards Bay Gas Power 3 CCPP. The project site is located approximately 5km north-east of Richards Bay and 1km north of the suburb of Alton, within the jurisdiction of the City of uMhlathuze Local Municipality and the King Cetshwayo District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Province. The power plant will operate at mid-merit to baseload duty and will include the following main infrastructure:


» A number of gas turbines for the generation of electricity through the use of natural gas (liquid or gas forms), or a mixture of Natural gas and Hydrogen (in a proportion scaling up from 20% H2) as fuel source, operating all turbines at mid-merit or baseload (estimated 16 to 24 hours daily operation). » Closed Fin-fan coolers to cool lubrication oil for the gas turbines
» Exhaust stacks associated with each gas turbine. » Gas generator Lubrication Oil System.
» A number of Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG to generate steam by capturing the heat from the turbine exhaust. » Gas pipeline supply conditioning process facility. Please note, gas supply will be via dedicated pipeline from the proposed Transnet supply pipeline network of Richards Bay (the location of this network has not yet been confirmed) or, alternatively directly from the Regasification facilities at RB Harbour. The gas pipeline will be separately authorized.
» A number of steam turbines to generate additional electricity by means of the steam generated by the HRSG » Site water facilities including potable water, storm water, waste water Fire water (FW) storage and FW system
» The water treatment plant will demineralise incoming water from municipal or similar supply, to the gas turbine and steam cycle requirements. The water treatment plant will produce two parts demineralised water and reject one-part brine, which will be discharged to the R IDZ stormwater system. » Diesel emergency generator for start-up operation.
» Steam turbine water system will be a closed cycle with air cooled condensers. Make-up water will be required to replace blow down. » Onsite fuel conditioning including heating system.
» Air cooled condensers to condensate used steam from the steam turbine. » All underground services: This includes stormwater and wastewater.
» Compressed air station to supply service and process air. » Ancillary infrastructure
» Water pipelines and water tanks for storage and distributing of process water. (Potential sourcing of alternative water outside RB IDZ supply (Municipality)) » Electrical facilities
» Water retention pond Service infrastructure

Application for Environmental Authorisation: An application for Environmental Authorisation (EA) in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) and 2014 EIA Regulations (GNR 326) is being undertaken for the project. The application is being supported by a Scoping and Environmental Impact Assessment (S&EIA) process. The Environmental Impact Assessment Report of the project is available for review and comment from Monday, 06 June 2022 until Friday, 22 July 2022.

To obtain further information on the projects and to register on the project’s database, please submit your name, contact information and interest in the projects, in writing, to Savannah Environmental:

Nicolene Venter / Nondumiso Bulunga at Savannah Environmental

P.O. Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157

Tel: 011 656 3237

Fax: 086 684 0547



Documents for public review are available for download.

If you have already registered your interest click on “View Downloads“.

If you have not registered your interest click on “Register Interest“, fill in and submit the form.

Contact Savannah Environmental

If you would like further details, please do not hesitate to contact any member of
our Environmental team at +27 (0)11 656 3237 / +27 (0)11 656 3256