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Paulputs South WEF 132kV Grid Connection

Project Name: The Proposed Paulputs South Wind Energy Facility 132kV Grid Connection and Associated Infrastructure, Northern Cape.

DFFE Reference Number: TBC

Project Description: Paulputs Wind Energy Facility South (RE) (Pty) Ltd (‘Paulputs South’) intend to apply for the construction and operation of the Paulputs South WEF Grid Connection and associated infrastructure – which includes a substation yard and BESS (hereon referred to as the ‘proposed development’). The preferred site layout and technical specifications of this proposed development were assessed by the specialists in the approved 300 MW Paulputs Wind Energy Facility (WEF) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), undertaken by Arcus Consulting Services South Africa (‘Arcus’) in 2019.

As part of the original Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), three alternative Grid Connection options (A, B and C) and three alternative on-site substation options (A, B and C) were assessed. The Competent Authority (CA), DFFE, chose to only issue a favourable authorisation for the preferred Grid Connection option ‘C’ and on-site substation option ‘A’.

To comply with the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bidding requirements, the 300 MW Paulputs WEF is being split into the 150 MW Paulputs South WEF and 150 MW Paulputs North WEF (being split as part of a separate amendment application). The authorised Grid Connection option ‘C’ and on-site substation option ‘A’ will be used for Paulputs North WEF. A new authorisation for additional electrical infrastructure is thus required to connect Paulputs South WEF to the national grid.

Basic Assessment (BA) Process: One Environmental Authorisation Application and One Draft Basic Assessment Report has been submitted to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), under the provisions of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998) (NEMA), as amended, and the requirements of the relevant Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations, as amended.

Invitation to comment: The Draft BA Report is being made available for public review and comment from Monday, 02 August 2021 to Wednesday, 01 September 2021 (both days inclusive). The BA report is subjected to compliance in accordance with EIA Regulations, 2014 (as amended) of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998 – NEMA). The BA report and application have been submitted under Chapter 4. Moreover the processes take into consideration Chapter 2 Regulation 3 (1); (2) and (3) of the NEMA, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998)

The Draft BA Report has been made available at the Pofadder Library, in Hard Copy; and on the Arcus website: https://arcusconsulting.co.za/projects/, in online / electronic copy.

Please click on the links below to access the Draft Basic Assessment Report (DBAR):

Volume I: Draft Basic Assessment Report

01. Paulputs South WEF Grid Connection and BESS_DBAR

02. Vol_I_AppxA_CV

03.1. Generic EMPR OHPL_1of2

03.1. Generic EMPR OHPL_2of2

03.2. Generic EMPR Substation_1of2

03.2. Generic EMPR Substation_2of2

04. Vol_I_Appx C_PPP Report

05. Mapping

Volume II: Specialist Assessments and Verifications

Proposed Amendment Specialist Studies

01. Aquatic_Final

02.Avifauna_Final

03. Ecology_Final

04.Heritage_Final

05.Noise_Final

06.Social_Final

07. Soils_Final

08.Traffic_Final

09.Visual_Final

10. DFFE Screening Tool_OHPL

11 Screening Tool_Substation

12. CAA and Defence Verification Report

PWEF Approved Specialist Reports:

1 Soil Impact Assessment Report

2 Geotechnical Desktop Study

3 Aquatic Impact Assessment Report

4 Fauna and Flora Impact Assessment

5 Bird Impact Assessment Report

6 Bat Impact Assessment Report

7 Noise Impact Assessment

8 Heritage Impact Assessment Report

9 Visual Impact Assessment Report_1of2

9 Visual Impact Assessment Report_2of2

10 Social Impact Assessment Report

11 Traffic Impact Assessment Report

Comment Submission: Should you have any comments, questions, queries, concerns or wish to receive more information about the proposed development at any stage of the impact assessment process, please contact Arcus through the following ways:

Contact          :           Ashleigh von der Heyden

Reference      :          3944 Paulputs WEF Basic Assessment

Post                :          240 Main Road, 1st Floor Great Westerford, Rondebosch, 7700

Telephone      :          +27 21 412 1529

Fax                  :          +27 86 762 2885

Email             :            paulputs@arcusconsulting.co.za