Project GMS code: 0695823
Project Scope: Environmental Resources Management Southern Africa Pty Ltd (ERM) was appointed by Energy Team Pty Ltd (hereafter ‘ET’) to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed establishment of the Hugo and Khoe wind energy facilities (WEFs) and associated infrastructure near De Doorns in the Western Cape Province. This Project requires an Environmental Authorisation (EA) from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (Act No. 107 of 1998), as amended (NEMA). The proposed Hugo WEF will comprise up to 48 turbines with a maximum output capacity of up to 360 MW, while the Khoe WEF will comprise up to 38 turbines with a maximum output capacity of up to 290 MW. Each WEF will comprise various buildings, access roads, a battery energy storage system (BESS), and a substation hub (with a capacity of up to 132 kV) with associated electrical grid infrastructure such as a 33 kV overhead / underground transmission powerline connecting the WEF to the national electrical grid network. The proposed Project triggers the following Listed Activities:
- Listing Notice 1 (LN1): 11(i), 12(ii)(a)(c), 14, 19 (i), 24(ii), 28(ii), 56(i)(ii)
- Listing Notice 2 (LN2): 1, 15
- Listing Notice 3 (LN3): 4 (i)(ii)(aa), 12(i)(ii), 14(ii)(a)(c)(i)(i)(ff), 18(i)(ii)(aa)
“Based on the project understanding, the project triggers listed activities of Listing Notice 2 and is therefore subject to a full Scoping and Environmental Impact Assessment (S&EIA) Process.”
Two separate S&EIA processes will be undertaken for each of the two WEFs. This notification serves to announce the commencement of the S&EIA processes. The EA Applications and respective Reports will be submitted to the competent authority, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), for a decision. Notification of submission of the Draft and Final Reports, and any other correspondence required to be included as part of the Public Participation Process (PPP), will be sent to all registered Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs). The Draft reports will also be made available for public review and comment once completed (exact date and location of availability to be confirmed in notification to all registered I&APs).