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New Transmission Lines, Switching Station and Access Roads for the Authorised DA2S WEF, Northern 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 BASIC ASSESSMENT REPORT FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT OF THE PROPOSED NEW TRANSMISSION LINES, SWITCHING STATION AND ACCESS ROAD FOR THE AUTHORISED DE AAR 2 SOUTH WEF, NEAR DE AAR IN THE NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

DFFE Reference: TBC

Mulilo De Aar 2 South (Pty) Ltd (‘Mulilo’) is proposing the construction of transmission lines and a switching station for the evacuation of power generated from the authorised De Aar 2 South Wind Energy Facility (DA2S WEF) (DFFE Ref: 12/12/20/2463/1/AM8). The Applicant is also applying for the development of site access and internal roads. The proposed development is located approximately 15 to 26 km east of the town of De Aar, Northern Cape Province.

Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Ltd) Pty (‘Arcus’) has been appointed to act as project manager and to undertake the basic assessment process for Environmental Authorisation under Chapter 4 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998 – NEMA) as amended, for the Proposed Development.

Invitation to Comment: The Draft Basic Assessment Report (BAR) is available for public review and comment, taking into consideration Chapter 2 Regulation 3 (1); (2) and (3) of the NEMA, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998).

Members of the public, local communities, and stakeholders are invited to comment on the Draft BAR which is available for public review and comment, from Wednesday, 27 July 2022 until Friday, 26 August 2022 (both days inclusive), at the Hennie Liebenberg Library in the town of De Aar and available for download below. 

Volume I: Draft Basic Assessment Report

01 Vol I DBAR DA2S Transmission Lines, SS and Roads_20220726

02 Vol I Appendix A EAP DoI and CV_20220726

03 Vol I Appendix B EMPr for Transmission Lines_20220726

04 Vol I Appendix B EMPr for Switching Station_20220726

05 Vol I Appendix C PP Report_PUBLIC_20220726

Volume II: Specialist Impact Assessment Reports

00 Volume II Cover Page

01 Volume II Soil and Agricultural Impact Assessment Report

02 Volume II Freshwater and Aquatic Impact Assessment Report

03 Volume II Terrestrial Biodiversity and Plants Impact Assessment Report

04 Volume II Terrestrial Animals Impact Assessment Report

05 Volume II Avifauna Impact Assessment Report

06 Volume II Heritage, Archaeology, Palaeontological Impact Assessment Report

07 Volume II SSVR CAA Statement

With reference to this public participation process, please send your comments / queries / questions on the Draft BAR in writing on or before the 26 August 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: 4675 DA2S WEF Associated Infrastructure

Via Email: deaar@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 BAR, which will be submitted to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) 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.