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Basic Assessment Report for the Proposed Electrical Grid Connection and Associated Infrastructure for the Highlands North, Central and South WEF, for Public Review

WKN Windcurrent South Africa (Ltd) Pty (the Developer) is proposing the Highlands Wind Energy Facilities (WEFs) (separate application process), and Electrical Grid Connection and Associated Infrastructure (this application process), located near the town of Somerset East in the Eastern Cape Province. Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Ltd) Pty (‘Arcus’) has been appointed to act as the independent environmental impact assessment practitioner (EAP) to undertake the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process for Environmental Authorisation under Chapter 5 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998 – NEMA) as amended, for the Proposed Development. The Proposed Development Site is situated within the Cookhouse Renewable Energy Development Zone (REDZ).

For the purpose of obtaining Environmental Authorisation, and bidding requirements in the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the project has been split into three phases: North, Central and South. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) has been set up for each of the three phases.

It should be noted that this application process was previously made available for public review and comment under the application number(s): 14/12/16/3/3/1/1956, 57 and 59. Since, the mentioned application(s) has lapsed. New application(s) is being submitted to the DEA and new application number(s) will be provided. As such, the BAR’s is being made available for a 30 day public review period. Further, all comments received as part of the previous application(s) is included as part of these application(s) and can be found in Volume III.

 

Volume II Specialist Impact Assessment Reports

The following 10 Impact Assessment Reports apply to all three applications related to the Highlands Wind Energy Facilities Electrical Grid Connection and Associated Infrastructure.

Volume II_1 – Soils Impact Assessment

Volume II_2 – Aquatic Impact Assessment

Volume II_3 – Flora & Fauna Specialist Basic Assessment

Volume II_4 – Bird Impact Assessment

Volume II_5 – Bat Impact Assessment

Volume II_6 – Noise Impact Assessment

Volume II_7 – Heritage & Palaeontology Impact Assessment

Volume II_8 – Visual Impact Assessment

Volume II_9 – Social Impact Assessment

Volume II_10 – Traffic Impact Assessment

 

Highlands North Electrical Grid Connection and Associated Infrastructure

Volume I_DRAFT BAR_Highlands North Grid

Volume I_Appx B_Highlands North Grid_Generic EMPr

Volume III_C&R REPORT_Highlands North Grid_20191112

Vol III_Appx 1_I&AP Database

Vol III_Appx 3_Site Notice and Poster Placement

Vol III_Appx 4_Initial_Notification_Advertisements

Vol III_Appx 5_Availability of DBAR

Vol III_Appx 6_Extension of Comment Period

Vol III_Appx 7_Comments and Responses_Initial

Vol III_Appx 7_Original Comments North Grid

Vol III_Appx 8_Occupier Focus Group Meetings

Vol III_Appx 9_Additional comments and requests

Vol III_Appx 10_Availability of FBAR

Vol III_Appx 11_Original C&R_FBAR

Vol III_Appx 12_Notification of Suspension

Vol III_Appx 13_Original Comments on Suspension

Vol III_Appx 14_Notification of Decision

Vol III_Appx 15_Original Comments on Decision on Suspension

Vol III_Appx 16_Notification of Revised BAR

Vol III_Appx 17_DEA Comments on Revised BAR

 

Highlands Central Electrical Grid Connection and Associated Infrastructure

Volume I_DRAFT BAR Highlands Central Grid_20191113

Volume I_Appx B_Highlands Central Grid_Generic EMPr

Vol III_C&R REPORT_Highlands Central_Grid_20191112

Vol III_Appx 1_I&AP Database

Vol III_Appx 3_Site Notice and Poster Placement

Vol III_Appx 4_Initial_Notification_Advertisements

Vol III_Appx 5_Availability of DBAR

Vol III_Appx 6_Extension of Comment Period

Vol III_Appx 7_Comments and Responses_Initial

Appx 7_Original Comments Central Grid

Vol III_Appx 8_Occupier Focus Group Meetings

Vol III_Appx 9_Additional comments and requests

Vol III_Appx 10_Availability of FBAR

Appx 11_Original C&R_FBAR_Central Grid

Vol III_Appx 12_Notification of Suspension

Vol III_Appx 13_Original Comments on Suspension

Vol III_Appx 14_Notification of Decision

Vol III_Appx 15_Original Comments on Decision on Suspension

Vol III_Appx 16_Notification of Revised BAR

Vol III_Appx 17_DEA Comments on Revised BAR

 

Highlands South Electrical Grid Connection and Associated Infrastructure

Volume I_DRAFT BAR_Highlands South Grid_20191113

Volume I_Appx B_Highlands South Grid_Generic EMPr

Volume III_C&R REPORT_Highlands South Grid_20191112

Vol III_Appx 1_I&AP Database

Vol III_Appx 3_Site Notice and Poster Placement

Vol III_Appx 4_Initial_Notification_Advertisements

Vol III_Appx 5_Availability of DBAR

Vol III_Appx 6_Extension of Comment Period

Vol III_Appx 7_Comments and Responses_Initial

Vol III_Appx 7_Original Comments South Grid

Vol III_Appx 8_Occupier Focus Group Meetings

Vol III_Appx 9_Additional comments and requests

Vol III_Appx 10_Availability of FBAR

Vol III_Appx 11_Original C&R_FBAR

Vol III_Appx 12_Notification of Suspension

Vol III_Appx 13_Original Comments on Suspension

Vol III_Appx 14_Notification of Decision

Vol III_Appx 15_Original Comments on Decision on Suspension

Vol III_Appx 16_Notification of Revised BAR

Vol III_Appx 17_DEA Comments on Revised BAR