DEVELOPMENT OF THE MUTSHO POWER PROJECT AND ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE NEAR MAKHADO (LOUIS TRICHARDT), LIMPOPO PROVINCE
Project Name: Mutsho Power Project
Applicant: Mutsho Power (Pty) Ltd
Proposed Activity: The construction, and operation of a new 600MW baseload coal-fired power station and associated infrastructure, including:
- Power generation units utilising Pulverised Coal (PC) (with Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD)), or Circulating Fluidised Bed (CFB) boiler technology.
- Dry cooling methods.
- Dry ash disposal.
- Coal to be sourced from the Makhado Colliery, to be developed approximately 20km south-east of the project site and transported to site either via a new 22km rail loop, proposed for development between Makhado Mine and the existing Huntleigh railway siding, or via road transport.
Project Location: Two properties have been identified for the development of the proposed project:
- Remainder of the Farm Du Toit No. 563
- Remainder of the Farm Vrienden No. 589
The possibility exists that the proposed project may be developed in its entirety on either of the abovementioned properties, or alternatively portions of the project may be developed on both. The properties are approximately 7km south-west of Mopane and approximately 20km north-west of the Makhado Colliery, in the Musina Local Municipality, of Vhembe District, Limpopo Province.
Application for Environmental Authorisation:An Integrated Application for Environmental Authorisation (EA) in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) and a Waste Management License (WML) in terms of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act (No. 59 of 2009) is being undertaken for the project. A full Scoping and Environmental Impact Assessment (S&EIA) process is required in support of this application process. The S&EIA process will support future applications for an Atmospheric Emission License (AEL) in terms of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (No. 39 of 2004) (NEM:AQA), and Water Use License (WUL) in terms of the National Water Act (No. 36 of 1998) (NWA).
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