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Electrical Grid Connection and Associated Infrastructure for the Highlands North, Central and South WEF

Highlands North Wind Energy Facility (RF) (Pty) Ltd, Highlands Central Wind Energy Facility (RF) (Pty) Ltd and Highlands South Wind Energy Facility (RF) (Pty) Ltd appointed Arcus to undertake the Basic Assessment Process for the proposed Electrical Grid Connection and Associated Infrastructure of the Highlands North Wind Energy Facility; Highlands Central Wind Energy Facility; and Highlands South Wind Energy Facility, 20 km west of Somerset East in the Eastern Cape Province.

DEA Reference Number: 14/12/16/3/3/1/2115

DEA Reference Number: 14/12/16/3/3/1/2116

DEA Reference Number: 14/12/16/3/3/1/2117

In terms of regulation 4(2) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014 as amended, please be advised that the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has decided to grant Environmental Authorisation (EA) to:

  • Highlands North Wind Energy Facility (RF) (Pty) Ltd (the Applicant) on 8 June 2020 for the proposed Electrical Grid Connection and Associated Infrastructure for the Highlands North Wind Energy Facility, near Somerset East in the Eastern Cape Province;
  • Highlands Central Wind Energy Facility (RF) (Pty) Ltd (the Applicant) on 8 June 2020 for the proposed Electrical Grid Connection and Associated Infrastructure for the Highlands Central Wind Energy Facility, near Somerset East in the Eastern Cape Province; and
  • Highlands South Wind Energy Facility (RF) (Pty) Ltd (the Applicant) on 8 June 2020 for the proposed Electrical Grid Connection and Associated Infrastructure for the Highlands South Wind Energy Facility, near Somerset East in the Eastern Cape Province.

A copy of the Highlands North Grid Connection EA; the Highlands Central Grid Connection EA; and the Highlands South Grid Connection EA and reasons for the decision are available for download below.

Appeal Procedures for Highlands North Grid Connection; Highlands Central Grid Connection and the Highlands South Grid Connection: Attention is drawn to Chapter 2 of the Government Notice No. R993, which prescribes the appeal procedure to be followed. An appellant must submit an appeal to the appeal administrator and a copy of the appeal to the applicant, any registered Interested and Affected Party (I&AP) and any organ of state with interest in the matter within 20 days from the date that the notification of the decision was sent to the I&APs by the applicant.

Appeals and responding statement must be submitted in writing to the details below:

Appeals must be submitted to : Director: Appeals and Legal Review, Department of Environmental Affairs

By e-mail : appeals@environment.gov.za

By post    : Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001

By hand   : Environment House, 473 Steve Biko, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083

To obtain the prescribed appeal form and for guidance on the submission of appeals, please visit the Department’s website at https://www.environment.gov.za/documents/forms#legal_authorisations.

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the Environmental Authorisation for the Highlands North Grid Connection; the Highlands Central Grid Connection; the Highlands South Grid Connection; and the National Appeals Regulation 2014, as amended.

National Appeal Regulations 2014 as amended

Highlands North Grid EA 14-12-16-3-3-1-2115

Highlands Central Grid EA 14-12-16-3-3-1-2116

Highlands South Grid EA 14-12-16-3-3-1-2117

Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Contact person: Aneesah Alwie

Tel: +27 (0) 21 412 1529

Postal address: Office 607 Cube Workspace, cnr Long Street and Hans Strijdom Road, Cape Town, 8001

Email: highlands@arcusconsulting.co.za