Vryburg Solar 1, 2 & 3 Facilities, North West
(DEA REFs: 14/12/16/3/3/1/1939, 14/12/16/3/3/1/1940 and 14/12/16/3/3/1/1941)
Project Names: Vryburg Solar 1, North West Province
Vryburg Solar 2, North West Province
Vryburg Solar 3, North West Province
Applicants: Vryburg Solar 1 (Pty) Ltd
Vryburg Solar 2 (Pty) Ltd
Vryburg Solar 3 (Pty) Ltd
Proposed Amendments: The inclusion of the construction and operation of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) for the authorised Vryburg 1, 2 and 3 Solar facilities, with a capacity of up to 500MW/500MWh into the project description of the Environmental Authorisation (EA). Each BESS will be developed within the authorised development footprint of Vryburg 1, 2 and 3 Solar facilities, within the respective authorised construction compound/laydown area for each solar facility. Each BESS will have an extent of no more than 5ha and will connect to the respective authorised on-site facility substations of the Vryburg 1, 2 and 3 Solar facilities via 22kV or 33kV underground cables.
In addition, the respective applicants are proposing a change in the description included in the Environmental Authorisation for each project pertaining to the on-site substation. The change relates to the addition of collector infrastructure as part of the authorised on-site substation and within the authorised footprint of the substation.
Vryburg Solar 2 (Pty) Ltd is also proposing to correct the wording in the current EA relating to the size in ha of the development footprint. The current EA states that the size in ha of the development footprint is 225ha. This is a typing error that should read 255ha as per the area assessed within the EIA Report.
Project Location: ~10km south-west of Vryburg, within ward 4 of the Naledi Local Municipality and within the greater Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality in the North West Province. The projects fall within the Vryburg Renewable Energy Development Zone (or REDZ 6). Relevant affected properties are as follows:
- The Vryburg Solar 1 facility is located on Portion 2 of Frankfort Farm 672; Remainder of Frankfort Farm 672; Portion 1 of Frankfort Number Farm 672; and Remainder of Rosendal Farm 673. The BESS will be loctaed on Portion 2 of Frankfort Farm 672.
- The Vryburg Solar 2 facility is located on Portion 1 of Retreat Farm 671; Portion 2 of Frankfort Farm 672; Remaining extent of Frankfort Farm 672; Portion 1 of Frankfort Number Farm 672; and The Remainder of Rosendal Farm 673. The BESS will be loctaed on Portion 1 of Retreat Farm 671.
- The Vryburg Solar 3 facility is located on Portion 1 of Retreat Farm 671; Portion 2 of Frankfort Farm 672; Remaining extent of Frankfort Farm 672; Portion 1 of Frankfort Number Farm 672; and The Remainder of Rosendal Farm 673. The BESS will be loctaed on Portion 1 of Retreat Farm 671.
In terms of Condition 5 of the Environmental Authorisations dated 25 July 2019 and Regulation 31 of the EIA Regulations of December 2014, as amended, it is possible for an Applicant to apply, in writing, to the competent authority for a change or deviation from the project description to be approved. The proposed amendments do not in themselves trigger a listed activity. Therefore, a Part 2 Amendment process as detailed in Regulation 31 of the EIA Regulations, 2014 (as amended) will be followed.
Motivation Reports available for review and comment: Savannah Environmental has compiled Motivation Reports in support of the applications for the proposed amendments for Vryburg 1,2 and 3 Solar Facilities. The Motivation Reports are available for download, review and comment on the Savannah Environmental website at: https://savannahsa.com/public-documents/energy-generation/. The 30-day review and comment period for the Motivation Reports is from 30 October 2020 to 30 November 2020. The final date to submit comments is Monday, 30 November 2020.
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