Castle Wind Energy Facility (WEF)

Castle Wind Energy Facility, Northern Cape Province (DEA Ref.No.:  14/12/16/3/3/2/278)

Project Name: Castle Wind Energy Facility (WEF) and Associated Infrastructure, Northern Cape Province.

Applicant: Castle Wind Farm (Pty) Ltd

Proposed Amendments: Castle Wind Farm (Pty) Ltd is requesting the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to amend the turbine specifications, in the environmental authorisation dated 8 May 2015 (as amended), as follows:

Increase the turbine specification:

Component Approved Proposed amendment
Rotor diameter up to 150m between 110 to 200m
Hub height up to 130 m between 90 to 150m
Generating capacity per turbine up to 4.5 MW up to 7.9MW

The overall generation capacity of the WEF will remain 118MW and the number of turbines will not increase from 31 turbines.

Project Location: The project site is located in the Emthanjeni and Renosterberg Local Municipality, Pixley ka Seme District Municipality, Northern Cape Province on the following properties:

  • Portion 12 of Farm 165 (Vendussie Kuil);
  • Portion 13 of Farm 165 (Vendussie Kuil); and
  • The Remaining Extent of Portion 0 of Farm 8 (Knapdaar).

In terms of Condition 5 of the Environmental Authorisation dated 8 May 2015 and Regulation 31 of the EIA Regulations of December 2014, as amended, it is possible for an applicant to apply, in writing, to the competent authority for a change or deviation from the project description to be approved.

Revised Motivation Report available for public review and comment:  Savannah Environmental has compiled a Revised Motivation Report in support of the Amendment Application.  The Revised Motivation Report is available for public review and comment between Friday, 20 September 2019 and Monday, 21 October 2019. The Revised Motivation Report can be downloaded from Savannah Environmental’s website ( The due date for written comment is Monday, 21 October 2019.

To obtain further information, please submit your name, contact information and interest in the project, in writing, to Savannah Environmental:

Nicolene Venter at Savannah Environmental
P.O. Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157
Tel: 011 656 3237
Fax: 086 684 0547

Documents for public review are available for download.

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