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Banna ba Pifhu Wind Farm and Grid Connection, Eastern Cape Province

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN OF A PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS (PPP) TO BE UNDERTAKEN IN TERMS OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT, 1998 (ACT NO. 107 OF 1998), AS AMENDED.

RE: NOTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF THE DRAFT AMENDMENT RERPORTS FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT FOR THE PART II AMENDMENT OF THE BANNA BA PIFHU WIND FARM AND GRID CONNECTION ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATIONS, EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE

DFFE Reference Wind Farm: 12/12/20/2289; 12/12/20/2289/AM1; and 12/12/20/2289/AM2

DFFE Reference Grid Connection: 12/12/20/2289/1; 12/12/20/2289/1/AM1; and 12/12/20/2289/1/AM2

Banna ba Pifhu Wind Farm (RF) (Pty) Ltd (the Applicant / Developer) intend to amend the valid environmental authorisation (EA) of the Banna ba Pifhu Wind Farm and Grid Connection through a Part II Amendment Application process. BWF are required to follow an Amendment Process in terms of Chapter 5 (Regulation 31 and 32) of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998 – NEMA), as amended due to substantive changes in the project scope. These changes include: (1) amendments to the Wind Farm site layout, design, and generation capacity; (2) turbine specifications; (3) a reduction in the number of wind turbines proposed; (4) inclusion of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS); (5) repositioning of the authorised substation; and (6) re-alignment of the grid connection route.

In terms of locality, the Banna ba Pifhu development is located approximately 3 km south of the town of Humansdorp in the Kouga Local Municipality and Sarah Baartman District Municipality, Eastern Cape Province. Electricity generated by the wind farm will be transferred into the national grid via the on-site substation and 66 kV transmission line (overhead powerline) to the existing 66 kV Melkhout / St Francis overhead powerline which passes through the site.

Invitation to Comment: Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Ltd) Pty (‘Arcus’) has been appointed to act as the project manager to undertake the environmental process. Members of the public, local communities, and stakeholders are invited to comment on the Draft Amendment Reports which are available for public review and comment, from Friday, 10 June 2022 to Monday, 11 July 2022 (both days inclusive), at the Humansdorp Municipal Office and Jeffreys Bay Municipal Office and available for download below. 

Banna ba Pifhu Wind Farm

01 Volume I PART II DAR – Banna ba Pifhu Wind Farm_20220607

02 Volume I PART II DAR FIGURES – Banna ba Pifhu Wind Farm

03 Volume I PART II DAR APPX A EAP CV & DoI – Banna ba Pifhu Wind Farm

Banna ba Pifhu Grid Connection

01 Volume I PART II DAR – Banna ba Pifhu GRID_20220607

02 Volume I PART II DAR FIGURES – Banna ba Pifhu GRID

03 Volume I PART II DAR APPX A EAP CV & DoI – Banna ba Pifhu GRID

04 APPX B – Public Participation Report (applicable to Banna ba Pifhu Wind Farm and Grid Connection)

04_01 Volume I PART II DAR APPX B PP Report

04_02 APPX B PP Report – APPX 1 PP Plan

04_03 APPX B PP Report – APPX 2 Site and Poster Placement Proof

04_04 APPX B PP Report – APPX 3 Newspaper Adv. Proof

04_05 APPX B PP Report – APPX 4 Initial Notification

04_06 APPX B PP Report – APPX 5 I&AP Database_Public

04_07 APPX B PP Report – APPX 6 Original Correspondence

05 APPX C Specialist Amendment Letters / Reports (applicable to Banna ba Pifhu Wind Farm and Grid Connection)

01 Banna ba Pifhu WEF Screening Report

01 Banna ba Pifhu GRID Screening Report

02 Soil Amendment Letter

03 Aquatic Amendment Letter

04 Flora and Fauna Amendment Letter

05 Avifauna Amendment Letter

06 Bats Amendment Letter

07 Visual Amendment Letter

08 Noise Amendment Letter

09 Heritage Amendment Letter

10 Socio Economic Amendment Letter

11 a Civil Aviation and Defense (WEF) EAP Compliance Statement

11 a Civil Aviation (GRID) EAP Compliance Statement

11 b RFI (WEF) EAP Compliance Statement

11 b RFI (GRID) EAP Compliance Statement

11 c Flicker (WEF) EAP Compliance Statement

11 d Traffic (WEF) EAP Compliance Statement

Volume II Environmental Management Plan (applicable to Banna ba Pifhu Wind Farm and Grid Connection)

01 Volume II PART II DAR EMPr 

With reference to this public participation process, please send your comments / queries / questions on the Draft Amendment Reports in writing on or before the 11 July 2022 to the below address. Please also indicate the contact details of any other potential I&APs that should be contacted and registered.

Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Arcus Reference: 3109 Banna ba Pifhu

Via Email: banna@arcusconsulting.co.za

Via Post: 240 Main Road, 1st Floor Great Westerford, Rondebosch

Postal Code: 7700

Via Telephone: +27 21 412 1529 / +27 (0) 72 595 0104

Contact Person: Aneesah Alwie

Following the 30-day public participation, the comments will be addressed and incorporated into the Final Amendment Report, which will be submitted to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment for authorisation.

Please note, regarding the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPI Act 4 of 2013, as amended): If you request to register as an I&AP, your personal information will be made available to an appellant in the case of an appeal, and an applicant/EAP/independent person for purposes of being informed and given access to an audit report.

Correspondence throughout the Application Process will only be distributed to Registered I&APs.  Registration is possible throughout the Application Process.

Thank you for the interest in the project.