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Revised Final BAR for the Highlands Wind Energy Facilities, Eastern Cape Province

WKN Windcurrent South Africa (Ltd) Pty (the Developer) is proposing the Highlands Wind Energy Facilities (WEFs) (this application process), and Electrical Grid Connection and Associated Infrastructure (separate application process), located near the town of Somerset East in the Eastern Cape Province. Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Ltd) Pty (‘Arcus’) has been appointed to act as the independent environmental impact assessment practitioner (EAP) to undertake the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process for Environmental Authorisation under Chapter 5 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998 – NEMA) as amended, for the Proposed Development. The Proposed Development Site is situated within the Cookhouse Renewable Energy Development Zone (REDZ).

For the purpose of obtaining Environmental Authorisation, and bidding requirements in the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the project has been split into three phases: North, Central and South. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) has been set up for each of the three phases.

The Proposed Development therefore consists of three applications:

  • Highlands North Wind Energy Facility (RF) (Pty) Ltd:
    • Highlands North WEF Phase 1 consisting of up to 14 turbines with a generating capacity of up to 6 MW each (DEA REF: 14/12/16/3/3/1/1955)
  • Highlands Central Wind Energy Facility (RF) (Pty) Ltd:
    • Highlands Central WEF Phase 2: up to 12 turbines with a generating capacity of up to 6 MW each (DEA REF: 14/12/16/3/3/1/1958)
  • Highlands South Wind Energy Facility (RF) (Pty) Ltd:
    • Highlands South WEF Phase 3: up to 15 turbines with a generating capacity of up to 6 MW each; (DEA REF: 14/12/16/3/3/1/1960)

The Revised Final Basic Assessment Reports for the above three applications have been submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs on the 18 November 2019 for a decision.

Volume II Specialist Impact Assessment Reports

The following 10 Impact Assessment Reports apply to all three applications related to the Highlands Wind Energy Facilities.

Volume II_1 – Soils Impact Assessment

Volume II_2 – Aquatic Impact Assessment

Volume II_3 – Flora & Fauna Specialist Basic Assessment

Volume II_4 – Bird Impact Assessment

Volume II_5 – Bat Impact Assessment

Volume II_6 – Noise Impact Assessment

Volume II_7 – Heritage & Palaeontology Impact Assessment

Volume II_8 – Visual Impact Assessment_

Volume II_9 – Social Impact Assessment

VolumeII_10 – Traffic Impact Assessment

Highlands North Wind Energy Facility

Volume I – Revised Highlands North WEF FBAR

Vol I – Appx B – EMPr

Highlands North WEF Volume I Figures:

1 – North WEF Fig 1.1 Site Location

2 – North WEF Fig 7.1 Highlands WEFs Development Plan

2A – North WEF Fig 7.1 Highlands WEFs Development Plan

3 – North WEF Fig 7.2 Highlands North WEF Development Plan

3A – North WEF Fig 7.2 Highlands North Development Plan

4 – Fig 8.1 Slope Analysis Map

5 – Fig 8.2 Land Types and Agricultural Sensitivity

6 – Fig 8.3 Land Use

7 – Fig 10.1 Vegetation types

8 – Fig 10.2 CBA and NPAES

9 – Fig 10.3 Ecological Sensitivity

10 – Fig 11.1 Avifaunal Sensitivity Map

10A – North WEF Fig 11.1 Combined Avifaunal Sensitivity

11 – Bat Fig 12.2

12 – North WEF Fig 13.1 Noise-sensitive Developments

13 – North WEF Fig 15.1 Physiography with 50 m Contours, Fieldwork and Viewpoints

14 – North WEF Fig 15.2 Steep Slopes, Topographic Featuires, Slopes

15 – North WEF Fig 15.3 Protected Environments, Cultural landscapes, Farmsteads with Buffers

16 – North WEF Fig 15.4 Scenic Arterial Routes, Rivers, wetlands and Buffers

17 – North WEF Fig 15.5 Visual Sensitivity

18 – North WEF Fig 20.1 Environmental Sensitivity

18A – North WEF Fig 20.1 Environmental Sensitivity

Highlands North WEF Volume III

Volume III C&R Report Highlands North WEF Part 1

Volume III C&R Report Highlands North WEF Part 2

Appx 1_I&AP Database

Appx 2 – Initial Notification

Appx 3_Site Notice and Poster Placement

Appx 4_Initial_Notification_Advertisements

Appx 5_Availability of DBAR

Appx 6_Extension of Comment Period

Appx 7_Comments and Responses_Initial

App 7_Original Comments North WEF

Appx 8_Occupier Focus Group Meetings

Appx 9_Additional comments and requests

Appx 10_Availability of FBAR

Appx 11_Original C&R_FBAR

Appx 12_Notification of Suspension

Appx 13_Original Comments on Suspension

Appx 14_Notification of Decision

Appx 15_Original Comments on Decision on Suspension

Appx 16_Notification of Revised BAR

Appx 16_Notification of Revised BAR_2

Appx 17

Highlands North AVDS Appendix 18

Highlands Central Wind Energy Facility

Volume I – Revised Highlands Central WEF FBAR

Vol I – Appx B – EMPr

Highlands Central WEF Volume I Figures:

1 – Central WEF Fig 1.1 Site Location

2 – Fig 7.1 Highlands WEFs Development Plan

2A – Central WEF Fig 7.1 Highlands WEFs Development Plan

3 – Central WEF Fig 7.2 Highlands Central Development Plan

3A – Central WEF Fig 7.2 Highlands Central Development Plan

4 – Fig 8.1 Slope Analysis Map

5 – Fig 8.2 Land Types and Agricultural Sensitivity

6 – Fig 8.3 Land Use

7 – Fig 10.1 Vegetation types

8 – Fig 10.2 CBA and NPAES

9 – Fig 10.3 Ecological Sensitivity

10 – Fig 11.1 Avifaunal Sensitivity Map

10A – Central WEF Fig 11.1 Combined Avifaunal Sensitivity

11 – Bat Fig 12.2

12 – Fig 13.1 Noise-sensitive Developments

13 – Fig 15.1 Physiography with 50 m Contours, Fieldwork and Viewpoints

14 – Fig 15.2 Steep Slopes, Topographic Features, Slopes

15 – Fig 15.3 Protected Environments, Cultural landscapes, Farmsteads with Buffers

16 – Fig 15.4 Scenic Arterial Routes, Rivers, wetlands and Buffers

17 – Fig 15.5 Visual Sensitivity

18 – Central WEF Fig 20.1 Environmental Sensitivity

18A – Central WEF Fig 20.1 Environmental Sensitivity

Highlands Central WEF Volume III

Volume III C&R Report Highlands Central WEF Part 1

Volume III C&R Report Highlands Central WEF Part 2

Appx 1_I&AP Database

Appx 2 Initial Notification

Appx 3_Site Notice and Poster Placement

Appx 4_Initial_Notification_Advertisements

Appx 5_Availability of DBAR

Appx 6_Extension of Comment Period

Appx 7_Comments and Responses_Initial

Appx 7_Original Comments Central WEF

Appx 8_Occupier Focus Group Meetings

Appx 9_Additional comments and requests

Appx 10_Availability of FBAR

Appx 11 Original C&R_FBAR_Central

Appx 12_Notification of Suspension

Appx 13_Original Comments on Suspension

Appx 14_Notification of Decision

Appx 15_Original Comments on Decision on Suspension

Appx 16_Notification of Revised BAR

Appx 16_Notification of Revised BAR_2

Appx 17

Highlands Central AVDS Appendix 18

Highlands South Wind Energy Facility

Volume I – Revised Final Highlands South WEF BAR

Vol I – Appx B – EMPr

Highlands South WEF Volume I Figures:

1 – South WEF Fig 1.1 Site Location

2 – South WEF Fig 7.1 Highlands WEFs Development Plan

2A – South WEF Fig 7.1 Highlands WEFs Development Plan

3 – South WEF Fig 7.2 Highlands South WEF Development Plan

3A – South WEF Fig 7.2 Highlands South WEF Development Plan

4 – Fig 8.1 Slope Analysis Map

5 – Fig 8.2 Land Types and Agricultural Sensitivity

6 – Fig 8.3 Land Use

7 – Fig 10.1 Vegetation types

8 – Fig 10.2 CBA and NPAES

9 – Fig 10.3 Ecological Sensitivity

10 – Fig 11.1 Avifaunal Sensitivity Map

10A – South WEF Fig 11.1 Combined Avifaunal Sensitivity

11 – Bat Fig 12.2

12 – Fig 13.1 Noise-sensitive Developments

13 – Fig 15.1 Physiography with 50 m Contours, Fieldwork and Viewpoints

14 – Fig 15.2 Steep Slopes, Topographic Features, Slopes

15 – Fig 15.3 Protected Environments, Cultural landscapes, Farmsteads with Buffers

16 – Fig 15.4 Scenic Arterial Routes, Rivers, wetlands and Buffers

17 – Fig 15.5 Visual Sensitivity

18 – South WEF Fig 20.1 Environmental Sensitivity

18A – South WEF Fig 20.1 Environmental Sensitivity

Highlands South WEF Volume III

Volume III C&R Report Highlands South WEF Part 1

Volume III C& R Report Highland South WEF Part 2

Appx 1_I&AP Database

Appx 2 Initial Notification

Appx 3_Site Notice and Poster Placement

Appx 4_Initial_Notification_Advertisements

Appx 5_Availability of DBAR

Appx 6_Extension of Comment Period

Appx 7_Comments and Responses_Initial

App 7_Original Comments South WEF

Appx 8_Occupier Focus Group Meetings

Appx 9_Additional comments and requests

Appx 10_Availability of FBAR

Appx 11_Original C&R_FBAR

Appx 12_Notification of Suspension

Appx 13_Original Comments on Suspension

Appx 14_Notification of Decision

Appx 15_Original Comments on Decision on Suspension

Appx 16_Notification of Revised BAR

Appx 16_Notification of Revised BAR_2

Appx 17 Highlands North AVDS

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