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:
- Yzerfontein Municipal Office, Yzerfontein, in Hard Copy and Electronic Copy (CD for collection); and
- Arcus website: https://arcusconsulting.co.za/projects/ (Online Electronic Copy).
Volume I Draft Basic Assessment Report:
Volume II Specialist Impact Assessment Reports:
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
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