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Proposed Expansion of the Operational Darling National Demonstration Wind Farm, Western Cape Province

NOTIFICATION OF A NEW BASIC ASSESSMENT PROCESS

FOR THE PROPOSED EXPANSION OF THE DARLING NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION WIND FARM AND ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE (DARLING 1B WIND ENERGY FACILITY), WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

DFFE Reference No.: To Be Confirmed

Darling Wind Power (Pty) Ltd (The Applicant) are applying for environmental authorisation for the proposed expansion of the operational Darling National Demonstration Wind Farm (existing D1 WEF) to include two (2) wind turbine generators (WTGs), and associated infrastructure, including a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) (here-on referred to as the ‘proposed development’). The proposed development site is located on Portion 3 of Farm Slang Kop No. 552, approximately 9.5 km to the east of Yzerfontein and 12 km north west of the town of Darling. The existing Darling National Demonstration Wind Farm is located on the same property and access to the existing facility and proposed development is via the R315.

Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Ltd) Pty (‘Arcus’) has been appointed by the Applicant as the Project Manager responsible for the management of the application process. Ashlin Bodasing has been appointed as the independent environmental impact assessment practitioner (EAP) 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.

An Application for Environmental Authorisation for the proposed development was submitted to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), on Monday, 24 May 2021, for a decision, whether or not to give permission for the development to proceed.  

The Draft Basic Assessment Report is available for public review and comment for a period of 30 days from Tuesday, 25 May 2021 until Thursday, 24 June 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 Basic Assessment Report_20210520

02 Volume I Appendix A EAP DoI and CV_20210520

03 Volume I Appendix B_EMPr_20210520

04 Volume I Appendix C_Public Participation Report_20210520

05 Volume I Appendix D Engineering Report

Volume II Specialist Impact Assessment Reports:

01 Soil and Agriculture Impact Assessment Report

02 Freshwater and Wetlands Impact Assessment Report

03 Terrestrial Ecology Impact Assessment Report

04 Avifauna Impact Assessment Report

05 Bat Impact Assessment Report

06 Noise Impact Assessment Report

07 Visual – Landscape Impact Assessment Report

08 Heritage, Archaeology, Palaeontology Site Verification Assessment Report

09 Socio-Economic Impact Assessment Report

10 Traffic Compliance Letter

11 EAP Civil Aviation and Defense SSV Report

12 EAP RFI SSV Report

13 EAP Flicker Assessment SSV Report

PLEASE NOTE THE PROTOCOLS FOR ACCESSING THE BAR AT THE YZERFONTEIN MUNICIPAL OFFICE:

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 08h30 – 17h00; Friday: 08h30 – 15h45

Office Address: 46 Main Road, Yzerfontein, 7351

COVID-19 Safety Measures: No Mask = No Entry and Please sanitize before and after use of the BAR

Note: CD copies of the BAR is available for collection at the Office

With reference to the proposed development, please send your comments on the Draft Basic Assessment Report using the below platforms in writing / via SMS / or telephone on or before the 24 June 2021 to the below address:

Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Reference: 3361 Darling 1B WEF and Associated Infrastructure

Contact Person: Aneesah Alwie

Email: darling@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 / +27 72 595 0104