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Part II Amendment of the Paulputs WEF EA, Northern Cape Province

DFFE Reference 14/12/16/3/3/2/1160 and 14/12/16/3/3/2/1160/AM1

Paulputs Wind Energy Facility (RF) (Pty) Ltd (‘PWEF’), a wholly owned subsidiary of WKN Windcurrent SA (Pty) Ltd, was granted environmental authorisation for the 300 MW (75 Turbine) Paulputs Wind Energy Facility (WEF) and its associated 132 kV grid connection on 11 December 2019 by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) (DFFE Reference 14/12/16/3/3/2/1120). The authorised Paulputs WEF, grid connection and substation is located approximately 35 km north-east of Pofadder and approximately 85 km north-west of Kakamas in the Northern Cape Province. Following receipt of the EA, PWEF have conducted a Part II amendment application process of the authorised Paulputs WEF and its Associated Infrastructure due to substantive change in project scope. PWEF are proposing to give permission to Paulputs Wind Energy Facility North (RF) (Pty) Ltd and Paulputs Wind Energy Facility South (RF) (Pty) Ltd to split and amend the Environmental Authorisation (EA).

One Application with three separate Amendment Reports for the amendment of the Paulputs WEF EA, as provided below for contextual purposes, was made available for public review and submitted to the DFFE for decision:

Amendment 1: 150 MW Paulputs WEF South and Associated Infrastructure

Amendment 2: 150 MW Paulputs WEF North and Associated Infrastructure

Amendment 3: 132kV Grid Connection for Paulputs WEF North

The Draft Amendment Reports was subjected to the required 30 day public comment and review from Monday, 02 August 2021 to Wednesday, 01 September 2021 (both days inclusive). The Public Participation Process took into consideration Chapter 2 and Chapter 6 (41, 42, 43, and 44) of GN R. 326 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998) (NEMA) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations, 2014 (as amended), promulgated under Section 24 (5) of the National Environmental Management Act (Act 107 of 1998 – NEMA), as amended. Comments received from the public and organ of states have been incorporated, addressed and responded to in the Final Amendment Report.

Following the 30 day public comment and review period, the Final Amendment Reports has been submitted to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (competent authority) for decision, and is available for the public to view via this Arcus website.

Please click on the links below to access the Final Amendment Report(s) of each Amendment Application and Corresponding Specialist Reports.

Amendment 1: 150 MW Paulputs South WEF

Volume I: Final Amendment Report: Paulputs South WEF

01 Volume I Paulputs South WEF FAR

01_01 Volume I Paulputs South WEF Figures

02 Volume I Appendix A EAP DoI and CV

03 Volume I Appendix B Paulputs South WEF Final EMPr

04_01 Volume I Appendix C PP Report

04_02 Volume I Appx C 1 I&AP Database_Public

04_03 Volume I Appx C 2 Initial Notification

04_04 Volume I Appx C 3_Stakeholder Correspondence

04_05 Volume I Appx C 4 Proof of Delivery

04_06 Volume I Appx C 5 Comment and Responses

04_07 Volume I Appx C 6 C&R Table

Volume II: Specialist Assessments and Verifications

01. Aquatic_Final

02.Avifauna_Final

03.Bats_Final

04. Ecology_Final

05.Heritage_Final

06.Noise_Final

07.Social_Final

08.Soils_Final

09.Traffic_Final

10.Visual_Final

11. DFFE Screening Tool

12. CAA and Defence Verification Report

13. RFI Verification Report

 

Amendment 2: 150MW Paulputs WEF North and Associated Infrastructure

Volume I: Final Amendment Report: Paulputs North WEF

01 Volume I Paulputs North WEF FAR

01_01 Volume I Paulputs North WEF Figures

02 Volume I Appendix A EAP DoI and CV

03 Volume I Appendix B Paulputs North WEF Final EMPr

04_01 Volume I Appendix C PP Report

04_02 Volume I Appx C 1 I&AP Database_Public

04_03 Volume I Appx C 2 Initial Notification

04_04 Volume I Appx C 3_Stakeholder Correspondence

04_05 Volume I Appx C 4 Proof of Delivery

04_06 Volume I Appx C 5 Comment and Responses

04_07 Volume I Appx C 6 C&R Table

Volume II: Specialist Assessments and Verifications

Proposed Amendment Specialist Studies

01. Aquatic

02. Avifauna

03. Bats

04. Ecology

05. Heritage

06. Noise

07. Social

08. Soils

09.Traffic

10. Visual

12 Screening Tool_WEF

13. CAA and Defence Verification Report

14. RFI Verification Report 

 

Amendment 3: 132kV Grid Connection for Paulputs WEF North

Volume I: Final Amendment Report: Paulputs North WEF Grid Connection 

01 Volume I Paulputs North WEF Grid Connection FAR

01_01 Volume I Paulputs North WEF Grid Connection Figures

02 Volume I Appendix A EAP DoI and CV

03 Volume I Appendix B Paulputs North WEF Grid Connection Final EMPr

04_01 Volume I Appendix C PP Report

04_02 Volume I Appx C 1 I&AP Database_Public

04_03 Volume I Appx C 2 Initial Notification

04_04 Volume I Appx C 3_Stakeholder Correspondence

04_05 Volume I Appx C 4 Proof of Delivery

04_06 Volume I Appx C 5 Comment and Responses

04_06 Volume I Appx C 7 C&R Table

Volume II: Specialist Assessments and Verifications

01. Aquatic

02.Avifauna

03. Ecology

04. Heritage

05. Noise

06.Social_final

07. Soils

08.Traffic

09.Visual_Final

10. DFFE Screening Tool

11 Screening Tool_Substation

12. CAA and Defence Verification Report

 

Please click on the links below to access the Original PWEF Specialist Reports Applicable to each Amendment Application above.

Volume II: Original PWEF 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

 

Notification of the EA decision will be distributed to all I&APs upon receipt.

 

With reference to the proposed development, please send any queries to the below address:

Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Arcus Reference : 3944 Paulputs Part II Amendments

Contact Person : Aneesah Alwie

Email: paulputs@arcusconsulting.co.za

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

Telephone: +27 21 412 1529