Great Karoo Cluster of Renewable Energy Facilities

NOTICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT, BASIC ASSESSMENT & PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESSES FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF THE GREAT KAROO CLUSTER OF RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITIES & GRID CONNECTION INFRASTRUCTURE, NEAR RICHMOND, NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

Applicant: Great Karoo Renewable Energy (Pty) Ltd.

Proposed Activity: Establishment of three (3) Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Facilities, two (2) Wind Energy Facilities & grid connection infrastructure comprising a 132kV central collector substation & a 132kV power line to enable the connection of five (5) renewable energy facilities to the national grid for the evacuation of the generated electricity. The connection point to the national grid will be the existing Eskom Gamma Substation. Infrastructure associated with each project includes:

Solar Energy Facilities Wind Energy Facilities Grid Connection Infrastructure
»    Solar PV array comprising PV modules & mounting structures.

»    Inverters & transformers.

»    Cabling between the panels.

»    33/132kV onsite facility substation.

»    Cabling from the onsite substation to the collector substation (either underground or overhead).

»    Electrical & auxiliary equipment required at the collector substation that serves that solar energy facility, including switchyard/bay, control building, fences, etc.

»    Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).

»    Site offices & maintenance buildings, including workshop areas for maintenance & storage.

»    Laydown areas.

»    Access roads & internal distribution roads.

 

»    Wind turbines.

»    Concrete turbine foundations & turbine hardstands.

»    Inverters & transformers.

»    Temporary laydown areas which will accommodate storage & assembly areas.

»    Cabling between the turbines, to be laid underground where practical.

»    A temporary concrete batching plant.

»    33/132kV onsite facility substation.

»    Underground cabling from the onsite substation to the collector substation.

»    Electrical & auxiliary equipment required at the collector substation that serves that wind energy facility, including switchyard/bay, control building, fences, etc.

»    Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).

»    Access roads & internal distribution roads.

»    Site offices & maintenance buildings, including workshop areas for maintenance & storage.

»    Central collector substation which consists of:

*        33/132kV collector substation.

*        Associated equipment, infrastructure, & buildings.

*        Temporary & permanent laydown areas.

»    Distribution Line:

*        A double-circuit 132kV distribution line to connect the central collector 132kV substation to the existing Eskom Gamma Substation will be constructed.

Project Location: The five (5) proposed renewable energy facilities, along with their associated grid connection infrastructure, are located approximately 35km South-West of Richmond along the N1 and approximately 80km South-East of Victoria West along the R63 in the Northern Cape Province, within the Ubuntu Local Municipality, and the Pixley Ka Seme District Municipality.  A portion (approximately 2km) of the grid corridor falls within the Beaufort West Local Municipality which forms part of the Central Karoo District Municipality in the Western Cape Province.

Solar Energy Facilities 100MW Wind Energy Facilities 140MW
Project Property Project Properties
Nku Solar PV Facility »    Farm Rondavel 85 (Portion 0 & 1) Angora Wind Energy Facility »     Portion 11 of Farm Gegundefontein 53

»     Portion 0 of Farm Vogelstruisfontein 84

»     Portion 1 of Farm Rondavel 85

»     Portion 0 of Farm Rondavel 85

Moriri Solar PV Facility
Kwana Solar PV Facility Merino Wind Energy Facility »    Portion 1 of Farm Rondavel 85

»    Portion 0 of Farm Rondavel 85

»    Portion 9 of Farm Bult & Rietfontein 96

»    Portion 0 of Farm Vogelstruisfontein 84

 

Collector Electrical Grid Infrastructure (EGI)
Project Properties
Collector EGI (132kV) »    Portion 0 of Farm Annex Rondavel 86

»    Portion 1of Farm Uit Vlugt Fontein 265

»    Portion 0 of Farm Wynandsfontein 91

»    Portion 1 of Farm Wynandsfontein 91

»    Portion 3 of Farm Vlekfontein 90

»    Portion 0 of Farm Niuewe Fontein 89

»    Portion 0 of Farm Burgersfontein 92

»    Portion 1 of Farm Nieuwe Fontein 89

»    Portion 0 of Farm Rondavel 85

»    Portion 1 of Farm Rondavel 85

»    Portion 0 of Farm Kleinfontein 93

»    Portion 1 of Farm Bult & Rietfontein 96

»    Remaining extent of Portion 3 of Farm Schietkuil

Scoping & Environmental Impact Assessment (S&EIA) & Basic Assessment (BA) Processes:  In terms of Sections 24 & 24D of the National Environmental Management Act (No 107 of 1998), as read with Government Notice R324 – R327, as amended, a S&EIA process is required for each renewable energy facility. Similarly, a BA process is required for the grid connection infrastructure. Savannah Environmental is undertaking the required S&EIA, BA, & public participation processes for these projects.

EIA Reports & BA Report available for review & comment: The EIA Reports for the PV facilities and the Merino Wind Farm are available for download, review, & comment on the Savannah Environmental website (see applicable links in tables above). The 30-day review & comment period of the EIA Reports is from Friday, 13 May 2022 until Monday, 13 June 2022.  The 30-day review & comment period of the BA Report for the grid connection infrastructure is from Friday, 20 May 2022 until Monday, 20 June 2022.  The availability of the EIA Report for the Angora Wind Farm, as well as the 30-day review and comment period will be communicated in due course.

Information Session: Interested and affected parties (I&APs) are invited to attend the Information Session which will take place at Richmond Town Hall on Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 17h00.  The Information Session will start with a poster display at 17h00 after which those that are interested in attending the presentation can attend the presentation which will start at 17h30.  The Information Session will take place in compliance with the current COVID-19 protocols, and I&APs are therefore required to register their attendance.  Please contact Nicolene Venter (details below) to register your attendance.

To obtain further information & register on the project database, please submit your name, contact information & interest in the project to the contact person below:

Nicolene Venter or Nondumiso Bulunga at Savannah Environmental
P.O. Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157
Tel: 011 656 3237
Fax: 086 684 0547
Mobile: 060 978 8396 (including please call me)
Email: publicprocess@savannahsa.com

Documents for public review are available for download.

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

Angora Wind Farm

Merino Wind Farm

Nku Solar PV Energy Facility

Kwana Solar PV Energy Facility

Moriri Solar PV Energy Facility

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

Angora Wind Farm

Merino Wind Farm

Nku Solar PV Energy Facility

Kwana Solar PV Energy Facility

Moriri Solar PV Energy Facility

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

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