Establishment of Grid Connection Infrastructure for Frontier Power Gas-to-Power Plant, Saldanha, Western Cape Province
Applicant: Frontier Power SA (RF) (Pty) Ltd
Proposed Activity: The development of grid connection infrastructure required to enable the Frontier Power gas-to-power plant to evacuate generated electricity to the national electricity grid. The grid connection infrastructure will consist of a double circuit 132kV overhead power line, a switching station located at the gas-to-power site, a new IPP substation located south of the existing Eskom Blouwater substation, and various Loop-in Loop-out connections to tie the proposed grid connection infrastructure into the existing Eskom network in the area. Access roads and service tracks will also be established along the proposed power line route. The preferred route for the power line is approximately 7.10km long and includes an assessment corridor of 300m wide.
Location: The proposed grid connection infrastructure will be located approximately 7km north east of Saldanha within the Saldanha Bay Local Municipality which falls within jurisdiction of the West Coast District Municipality, Western Cape Province. The proposed grid connection infrastructure will transverse the properties tabled below.
|Grid Infrastructure||Associated Properties|
|Proposed 132kV power line route (Preferred)||Farm 1238 (Erf 16001)||Portion 65 of Farm 127||Portion 7 of Farm 197|
|Portion 8 of Farm 197||Portion 17 of Farm 127||Portion 13 of Farm 127|
|Portion 69 of Farm 127||Portion 5 of Farm 129||Remainder of Farm 127|
|Remainder of Farm 1139||Portion 1 of the Farm 1139||Remainder of Farm 1112|
|Portion 3 of the Farm 1112||Portion 7 of Farm 129||Portion 3 of the Farm 12|
|Remainder of Farm 129||Farm 1132||Portion 5 of Farm 129|
|Remainder of Farm 189|
|Proposed 132kV power line route (Alternative route 1)||Farm 1238 (Erf 16001)||Portion 2 of Farm 129||Portion 17 of Farm129|
|Portion 18 of Farm129||Portion 9 of Farm 195||Remainder of Farm 129|
|Portion 2 of Farm 195||Portion 1 of Farm 195||Portion 11 of Farm 195|
|Farm 1132||Remainder of Farm 129||Remainder of Farm 189|
|Portion 2 of the Farm 189|
|Proposed 132kV power line route (Alternative route 1B)||Farm 1238 (Erf 16001)||Portion 2 of Farm 129||Portion 17 of Farm129|
|Portion 18 of Farm129||Portion 18 of Farm129||Portion 9 of Farm 195|
|Remainder of Farm 129||Portion 2 of Farm 195||Portion 11 of Farm 195|
|Farm 1132||Remainder of Farm 12||Portion 3 of the Farm 129|
|Remainder of Farm 189||Portion 2 of the Farm 189|
|Proposed onsite switching station||Farm 1238 (Erf 16001)|
|Proposed IPP substation||Remainder of Farm 189|
Basic Assessment Process: In terms of Sections 24 and 24D of the National Environmental Management Act (No 107 of 1998), as read with Government Notice R324 – R327, as amended, a Basic Assessment (BA) is required for the Environmental Authorisation of this project. Savannah Environmental is undertaking the required BA and public participation process for the project.
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