Integrated Water Use Licence Application for the Kruisvallei Hydroelectric Power Generation Scheme
Project Name: Kruisvallei Hydroelectric Power Generation Scheme
Applicant: Zevobuzz (Pty) Ltd
Proposed Activity: The construction of the Kruisvallei Hydroelectric Power Generation Scheme within the Ash River will comprise of the Lower Kruisvallei Scheme with a development footprint of ~8.98ha and the Middle Kruisvallei Scheme with a development footprint of ~20.4ha. The Scheme will have a total generating capacity of 4.7 MW and will consist of the following infrastructure:
» Canal ~590m in length at the Lower Kruisvallei Scheme, consisting of an inlet sill, headrace canal, powerhouse and tailrace canal.
» Canal ~445m in length at the Middle Kruisvallei Scheme, consisting of a headrace canal, powerhouse and tailrace canal.
» Associated infrastructure including access roads, temporary coffer dam, laydown areas and batching plant.
» A 22kV power line to connect the Kruisvallei Hydroelectric Power Generation Scheme to the national grid (i.e. existing Eskom Node Substation) for the evacuation of the generated electricity forms part of the overall infrastructure, but does not require environmental authorisation.
During the operation phase of the Scheme, water will be diverted from the Ash River, through the headrace canal. The diverted water will then be diverted through the power house back into the Ash River. For the construction phase, the Scheme will abstract 750m3 of water from the Ash River for a duration of 18 months. During the operation phase, up to 200m3 per annum will abstracted. In order to facilitate the Water Use License Application Process an Integrated Water Use License Application has been compiled for the Project in support of the water uses as contemplated in Section 21 of the Nation Water Act (Act 36 of 1998).
Location: The development will take place on the Ash River and will be located within Farm Kruisvallei 190 and Farm Middelvallei 130 in the Dihlabeng Local Municipality and within the greater Thabo Mofutsanyane District Municipality, Free State Province.
Water Use Licence Application Process: Zevobuzz (Pty) Ltd is the applicant and project company that will own and operate the Kruisvallei Hydroelectric Power Generation Scheme, and is in the process of conducting a Water Use License Application Process in terms of Section 40 of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act 36 1998). The following water uses require authorisation from the Department of Water and Sanitation:
» Section 21(a) – Taking water from a water resource;
» Section 21(c) – Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse;
» Section 21(g) – Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;
» Section 21(h) – Disposing in any manner of water which contains waste from, or which has been heated in, any industrial or power generation process; and
» Section 21(i) – Altering the bed, banks, course or characteristics of a watercourse.
Water Use Licence available for Review: The Integrated Water Use Licence Application is available for review and comment. The report is available for download from 14 May 2018 – 13 June 2018 on our website. The due date for written comment is 13 June 2018.
To obtain further information and register on the project database, please submit your name, contact information and interest in the project to:
Gabriele Stein of Savannah Environmental
Post: P.O. Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157 , Johannesburg
Tel: 011 656 3237 | Fax: 086 684 0547
Documents for public review are available for download.
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