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

NOTIFICATION OF SUBMISSION OF THE FINAL BASIC ASSESSMENT REPORT

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

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

Darling Wind Power (Pty) Ltd (The Applicant) is 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, associated infrastructure, and a Battery Energy Storage System (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 Pty (Ltd) (‘Arcus’) was 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 (BA) 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.

The Draft Basic Assessment Report (Arcus, May 2021) was subjected to the required 30 day public comment and review from Tuesday, 25 May 2021 until Thursday, 24 June 2021 (both days inclusive). The Public Participation Process took into consideration Chapter 2 and Chapter 6 (41, 42, 43, and 44) of GN R. 326 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 National Environmental Management Act (Act 107 of 1998 – NEMA), as amended. Comments received from the public and organ of states have been incorporated, addressed and responded to in the Final Basic Assessment Report.

Following the 30 day public comment and review period, the Final Basic Assessment Report has been submitted to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (competent authority) for decision, and is available for the public to view via this Arcus website.

Volume I Draft Basic Assessment Report:

01 Volume I Final Basic Assessment Report

02 Volume I Appendix A EAP DoI and CV

03_01 Volume I Appendix B1_EMPr

03_02 Volume I Appendix B2_EMPr

04_01 Volume I Appendix C_Public Participation Report_20210812

04_02 Appendix C1 Approved PP Plan

04_03 Appendix C2 Site and Poster Notice Proof

04_04 Appendix C3 Newspaper Advertisements Proof

04_05 Appendix C4 Initial Phase Notification

04_06 Appendix C5 POD Initial Notification

04_07 Appendix C6 DBAR Notification

04_08 Appendix C7 POD DBAR Notification

04_09 Appendix C8 I&AP Database

04_10 Appendix C9.i Initial Notification C&R

04_11 Appendix C9.ii Draft Notification C&R

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

Notification of the EA decision will be distributed to all I&APs upon receipt. With reference to the proposed development, 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