Great Karoo Cluster Grid Connection Infrastructure

Notice of Environmental Impact Assessment, Basic Assessment and Public Participation Processes for the Proposed Development of the Great Karoo Cluster of Renewable Energy Facilities and 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 and grid connection infrastructure comprising a 132kV central collector substation and 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 and mounting structures.

»    Inverters and transformers.

»    Cabling between the panels.

»    33/132kV onsite facility substation.

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

»    Electrical and 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 and maintenance buildings, including workshop areas for maintenance and storage.

»    Laydown areas.

»    Access roads and internal distribution roads.

 

»    Wind turbines.

»    Concrete turbine foundations and turbine hardstands.

»    Inverters and transformers.

»    Temporary laydown areas which will accommodate storage and 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 and 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 and internal distribution roads.

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

»    Central collector substation which consists of:

*         33/132kV collector substation.

*         Associated equipment, infrastructure, and buildings.

*         Temporary and 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: Approximately 35km South-West of the town 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.

Solar Energy Facilities Wind Energy Facilities
Project Property/ies Project Property/ies
Nku Solar PV Facility (100MW) »    Farm Rondavel 85 (Portion 0 and 1) – Solar PV Facilities and associated infrastructure. Angora Wind Energy Facility (140MW) »    Farm Gegundefontein 53 (Portion 11), Farm Vogelstruisfontein 84 (Portion 0), Farm Rondavel 85 (Portion 0 and 1) and Farm Bult & Rietfontein 96 (Portion 9) – Wind Energy Facilities and associated infrastructure.
Moriri Solar PV Facility (100MW)
Kwana Solar PV Facility (100MW) Merino Wind Energy Facility (140MW)

 

Collector Electrical Grid Infrastructure (EGI)
Project Property/ies
Collector EGI (132kV)

 

»    Portion 0 of Farm Annex Rondavel 86

»    Portion 1 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 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 8 of Farm Jan Booysens Onder Plaats 94

»    Portion 1 of Farm Bult & Rietfontein 96

»    Remaining extent of Farm 3

 

Scoping and Environmental Impact Assessment (S&EIA) and Basic Assessment (BA) Processes:  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 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, and public participation processes for these projects.

 

Nicolene Venter at Savannah Environmental

P.O. Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157

Tel: 011 656 3237

Fax: 086 684 0547

Email: publicprocess@savannahsa.com

Website: www.savannahsa.com

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