On 26 September 2019, both San Kraal Wind Power (Pty) Ltd (‘San Kraal’) and Phezukomoya Wind Power (Pty) Ltd (‘Phezukomoya’) lodged amendment applications with the DFFE in respect of the EAs issued on 28 June 2018 for the San Kraal Wind Energy Facility (San Kraal WEF) and the Phezukomoya Wind Energy Facility (Phezukomoya WEF). The proposed amendments sought to split the original EAs issued for the San Kraal WEF and Phezukomoya WEF, into two WEF facilities. The amendments, each subject to a separate report, assessment and application, had the following detail:
- San Kraal WEF (up to 217 MW) consisting of up to 35 turbines with a generating capacity of up to 6.2 MW each (DFFE Reference 14/12/16/3/3/2/1029/1/AM1);
- Hartebeesthoek East (up to 124 MW) consisting of up to 20 turbines with a generating capacity of up to 6.2 MW each (DFFE Reference 14/12/16/3/3/2/1029/2/AM1);
- Phezukomoya WEF (up to 217 MW) consisting of up to 35 turbines with a generating capacity of up to 6.2 MW each (DFFE Reference 14/12/16/3/3/2/1028/1/AM1); and
- Hartebeesthoek West (up to 74.4 MW) consisting of up to 12 turbines with a generating capacity of up to 6.2 MW each (DFFE Reference 14/12/16/3/3/2/1028/2/AM1).
The DFFE approved the abovementioned amendments and issued the amended EAs to Phezukomoya, San Kraal and Hartebeeshoek Wind Power (Pty) Ltd on the 25 March 2020 and 08 June 2020, respectively
On the 30 July 2020, the Appeals Directorate received an appeal from Noupoort Wind Farm (RF) (Pty) Ltd (‘Noupoort’) against the approval of the amendment applications authorised above.
A decision on the appeal against the approval of the amendment applications was reached by Minister Barbara Creecy – Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment – on 07 June 2021 and the amendment applications of 25 March 2020 and 08 June 2020 were set aside. Directions of the ruling giving by the Minister read as follows:
Clause 2.56 “In the present matter. I have taken note of the wake impact analysis reports, in respect of the amendment applications, albeit outside of the EIA process. In light hereof, the appropriate remedy is to direct, as I hereby do, the applicant is to subject the wake impact analysis reports dated 01 July 2020, to a public participation as contemplated in the 2014 EIA Regulations. Any comments received from I&APs, as well as responses thereto by the applicants, must be incorporated into the final Amendment Reports, for submission to the Department for reconsideration of the amendment applications. In this regard, the timeframes prescribed by the 2014 EIA Regulations must be adhered to.”
Application Process: The revised final amendment reports are subjected to a Part II Amendment Application Process.
Nature and Location of the Activity: In terms of the ruling above, San Kraal Wind Power (Pty) Ltd and Phezukomoya Wind Power (Pty) Ltd intend to once again amend and split the authorised San Kraal WEF and Phezukomoya WEF. These reports were subjected to a public participation process from Friday, 11 June 2021 to Monday, 12 July 2021 (both days inclusive), in line with Chapter 6 of the 2014 EIA Regulations, and included the updated Wake Impact Analysis Report.
The proposed development site is located south east of the town of Noupoort in the Umsobomvu Local Municipality (ULM), which forms part of the Pixley ka Seme District in the Northern Cape Province. A small portion of the development site falls within the Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality, within the Chris Hani District of the Eastern Cape Province. The town of Middelburg and Colesberg are located approximately 25 km and 58 km to the south and north-east of the site, respectively.
Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Ltd) Pty (‘Arcus’) has been appointed to act as the project manager and environmental services provide to undertake the environmental process for Environmental Authorisation under Chapter 5 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998 – NEMA) as amended, for the Proposed Developments.
The Revised Final Amendment Applications have been submitted to the DFFE for consideration on 14 July 2021.
Please find the links below to the respective application documents as submitted:
Volume I: Phezukomoya Split 1 WEF Final Revised Amendment Report
Volume I: Hartebeesthoek West WEF Final Revised Amendment Report
Volume II: Specialist Amendment Reports / Letters for the Phezukomoya WEF and Hartebeesthoek West WEF Amendment
Volume I: San Kraal Split 1 WEF Final Revised Amendment Report
Volume I: Hartebeesthoek East WEF Final Revised Amendment Report
Volume II: Specialist Amendment Reports / Letters for the San Kraal and Hartebeesthoek East WEF Amendment