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Proposed Development of the up to 400 kV De Aar 2 South Transmission Line and Switching Station, Northern Cape Province

NOTIFICATION OF A NEW BASIC ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Mulilo De Aar 2 South (Pty) Ltd (‘Mulilo’) is applying for environmental authorisation of one proposed transmission line and a switching station (the proposed development), located approximately 15 to 26 km east of the town of De Aar, Northern Cape Province. The proposed development site forms part of the Electricity Grid Infrastructure Central Strategic Transmission Corridor as per Government Notice 113, National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998). The proposed development aims to connect the authorised De Aar 2 South Wind Energy Facility (‘DA2S WEF’) (Ref: 12/12/20/2463/1/AM7) to the existing Eskom Hydra Substation.

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

The draft BA Report (Arcus, September 2020) was subjected to a 30 day comment period from the 19 October 2020 to the 17 November 2020 (both days inclusive). During the public comment period the application process was suspended. The draft BA Report (Arcus, April 2021) has since been updated slightly and is therefore being subjected to another 30 day comment period.

Below are the links to the Draft Basic Assessment Report which is available for public review and comment from the 22 April to the 24 May 2021 (both days inclusive), taking into consideration Chapter 2 Regulation 3 (1); (2) and (3) of the NEMA, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998), at the following locations:

Volume I Draft Basic Assessment Report:

01 Volume I Draft BA Report_De Aar 2 South Transmission Line and SS_20210419

02 Volume I Appendix A EAP DoI and CV_20210419

03 Volume I Appendix B Environmental Management Programmes_20210419

04 Volume I Appendix C Public Participation Report_20210419

Volume II Specialist Impact Assessment Reports:

01 Volume II Soil and Agricultural Impact Assessment Report

02 Volume II Freshwater and Aquatic Impact Assessment Report

03 Volume II Terrestrial Biodiversity Impact Assessment Report

04 Volume II Avifauna Impact Assessment Report

05 Volume II Heritage, Archaeology, Palaeontological Impact Assessment Report

06 Volume II CAA and Defence Compliance Statement Letter

When accessing the Draft Basic Assessment Report at the Site Office in De Aar please note the below protocols:

Protocol for accessing the BAR at the Site Office in De Aar
Opening Hours 09h00 – 16h00 (by appointment only)
Address 19 Van der Merwe Street, DE AAR, 7000
Contact Person Beverley Horak
Contact Number 083 793 9254
COVID-19 Safety Measures Please sanitize before and after use of the BAR

No Mask = No Entry

With reference to the proposed development, please send your comments on the Draft Basic Assessment Report in writing before the 24 May 2021 to the below address:

Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Reference: 3457 De Aar 2 South Transmission Line and Switching Station

Contact Person: Aneesah Alwie

Email: deaar@arcusconsulting.co.za

Post: Office 607 Cube Workspace, Icon Building, Cnr Long Street and Hans Strijdom Avenue, Cape Town, 8001

Telephone : +27 21 412 1529