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Proposed Development of the De Aar 2 South Wind Energy Facility On-Site Substation and Battery Energy Storage System, Northern Cape Province

NOTIFICATION OF DFFE DECISION

DFFE REFERENCE: 14/12/16/3/3/1/2329

Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd (‘Arcus’) was appointed by Mulilo De Aar 2 South (Pty) Ltd (‘Mulilo’) to conduct the Basic Assessment (BA) process, as part of an environmental authorisation application, for a proposed 132 kV on-site substation, Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and associated infrastructure (hereinafter the ‘proposed development’). The proposed development aims to provide the authorised De Aar 2 South Wind Energy Facility (‘DA2S WEF’) (DFFE Ref.: 12/12/20/2463/1/AM8) with energy transmission support via a proposed on-site substation, as well as a stable energy supply for operation via a battery energy storage system (‘BESS’). The proposed on-site substation, BESS and associated infrastructure will be constructed within the DA2S WEF site, at the start of the grid connection connecting to the existing Main Transmission Substation (MTS) known as the Eskom-Hydra Substation, approximately 26 km east of the town of De Aar in the Northern Cape Province.

On the 19 October 2020 initial notice was given in terms of Chapter 6 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 NEMA, 1998, as amended, of the application for Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the Proposed De Aar 2 South Wind Energy Facility On-Site Substation and Battery Energy Storage System, Northern Cape Province.

In terms of Regulation 4(2) of the EIA Regulations, 2014 as amended, please be advised that the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has decided to grant Environmental Authorisation (EA) to the Applicant, Mulilo De Aar 2 South (Pty) Ltd. The EA was issued on 08 November 2021. A copy of the EA and reasons for the decision are available for download below and from Aneesah Alwie at 021 412 1529 / deaar@arcusconsulting.co.za.

Appeal Procedures: An appeal may be filed against this decision in terms of the National Appeals Regulations, 2014. Attention is drawn to Chapter 2 of the NEMA, 1998 (as amended) under GN R 993 in Government Gazette No. 38303 dated 08 December 2014 (National Appeal Regulations, 2014), 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, Mulilo De Aar 2 South (Pty) Ltd, 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 this notification of the decision was sent to the I&APs.

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

To: Director: Appeals and Legal Review

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE)

By email: appeals@environment.gov.za
By hand: Environment House, 473 Steve Biko Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083
By post: Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001

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 or request a copy of the documents at appeals@environment.gov.za. A copy is also available for download below.

EA Decision DFFE REF 14-12-16-3-3-1-2329

National Appeal Regulations 2014 as amended & Guidelines

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

Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Reference : 3945 DA2S WEF Substation and BESS

Contact Person : Aneesah Alwie

Email : deaar@arcusconsulting.co.za

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

Telephone : +27 21 412 1529