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

NOTIFICATION OF DFFE DECISION

DFFE REFERENCE: 14/12/16/3/3/1/2342

On 09 April 2021 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 Expansion of the Darling National Demonstration Wind Farm and Associated Infrastructure (Darling 1B Wind Energy Facility), Western Cape Province.

Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Ltd) Pty (‘Arcus’) was 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.

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, Darling Wind Power (Pty) Ltd. The EA was issued on 05 November 2021. A copy of the EA and reasons for the decision are attached and available on the Arcus website (https://arcusconsulting.co.za/projects/) and from Aneesah Alwie at 021 412 1529 / darling@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 (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, Darling Wind Power (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.

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

To Director: Appeals and Legal ReviewDepartment 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.

Darling 1B WEF EA DFFE REF 14-12-16-3-3-1-2342

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: 3361 Darling 1B WEF and Associated Infrastructure

Contact Person: Aneesah Alwie

Email: darling@arcusconsulting.co.za

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

Telephone: +27 21 412 1529 / +27 72 595 0104