Ummbila Emoyeni Renewable Energy

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESSES FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF THE UMMBILA EMOYENI RENEWABLE ENERGY WIND AND SOLAR PV FACILITIES, AND GRID CONNECTION INFRASTRUCTURE, MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

Applicant:  Emoyeni Renewable Energy Farm (Pty) Ltd

Proposed Activity:  The development of the Ummbilla Emoyeni Renewable Energy Farm with a contracted capacity of up to 666MW of wind energy, 150MW of solar energy, and grid connection solution consisting of a 400/132kV Main Transmission Substation (MTS) and Loop-in-Loop-out grid connection infrastructure. Infrastructure associated with each project includes:

Solar PV Facility Wind Farm  Grid Connection Infrastructure
»    PV modules and mounting structures with a capacity per panel of 350W to 450W and dependent on optimisation and cost.

»    Inverters and transformers.

»    33kV/132kV onsite collector substation.

»    Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).

»    Cabling between project components.

»    Laydown and O&M hub (approximately 300m x 300m):

o  Construction compound (temporary).

o  Maintenance office.

»    Access roads (up to 12m wide) and internal distribution roads.

»    Up to 111 wind turbines with a maximum hub height of up to 200m.  The tip height of the turbines will be up to 300m.

»    3 x 33kV/132kV onsite collector substation.

»    Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).

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

»    Laydown and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) hub (approximately 300m x 300m):

o  Batching plant of up to 4ha to 7ha.

o  3 x Construction compound (temporary), including a site office, of approximately 3ha each (150m x 200m each).

o  3 x O&M office of approximately 1.5ha each.

»    Laydown and crane hardstand areas (approximately 75m x 120m).

»    Access roads of 12 -13m wide, with 12m at turning circles.

»    The grid connection solution comprises a 400/132kV MTS, to be located on a site between Camden and SOL Substations, which will be looped in and out of the existing Camden-Sol 400kV line.

Location:  Approximately 6km southeast of the town of Bethal in the Mpumalanga Province.  The project site is located across the Govan Mbeki, Lekwa, and Msukaligwa Local Municipalities within the Gert Sibande District Municipality. The project site comprises the following farm portions:

Parent Farm Number Farm Portions
Farm 261 – Naudesfontein 15, 21
Farm 264 – Geluksplaats 0, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12
Farm 268 – Brak Fontein Settlement 6,7,10,11,12
Farm 420 – Rietfontein 8,9,10,11,12,15,16,18,19,22,32
Farm 421 – Sukkelaar 2, 2, 7, 9, 9 10, 10 11, 11 12, 12, 22 ,25, 34, 35, 36, 37, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 42
Farm 422 – Klipfontein 0, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Farm 423 – Bekkerust 0, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 2425
Farm 454 – Oshoek 4, 13, 18
Farm 455 – Ebenhaezer 0, 1, 2, 3
Farm 456 – Vaalbank 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Farm 457 – Roodekrans 0, 1, 4, 7, 22, 23, 23
Farm 458 – Goedgedacht 0, 2, 4, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 39
Farm 467 – Twee Fontein 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10
Farm 469 – Klipkraal 5, 6, 7, 8
Farm 548 – Durabel 0

Scoping & Environmental Impact Assessment (S&EIA) 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 and the grid connection infrastructure. Savannah Environmental is undertaking the required S&EIA and public participation processes for these projects.

Scoping Reports Available for Review & Comment: The Scoping Reports for each project are available for download, review, & comment on the Savannah Environmental website (see applicable link in table above). The 30-day review & comment period of the Scoping Reports is from Thursday, 12 May 2022 until Monday, 13 June 2022. The final day to submit a comment is Monday, 13 June 2022.

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

Nicolene Venter or Nondumiso Bulunga of Savannah Environmental
P.O. Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157
Tel: 011 656 3237
Mobile: 060 978 8396
Fax: 086 684 0547
Email: publicprocess@savannahsa.com
Website: www.savannahsa.com

Documents for public review are available for download.

Please click on the “Register Interest” button to obtain the Registration Code to access the project’s documents under the “View Download Page.”

Register Interest

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

Menu