Geelstert 1 and Geelstert 2 Solar PV Facilities, and Geelstert Grid Connection

Notice of Basic Assessment and Public Participation Process for the Geelstert 1 and Geelstert 2 Solar PV Facilities, and Geelstert Grid Connection near Aggeneys, Northern Cape Province

Proposed Activity:  The development of two (2) separate solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities, each with a contracted capacity of up to 125MW. The facilities will be connected to the Aggeneis MTS via a collector substation and an overhead power line with a capacity of up to 220kV.

Location: ~11km south-east of Aggeneys within the Khâi-Ma Local Municipality and the Namakwa District Municipality.  The projects fall within the Springbok Renewable Energy Development Zone (or REDZ 8) as well as the Northern Strategic Transmission Corridor.

Applicant: Project Name: Affected Property/ies:
Geelstert Solar Facility 1 (Pty) Ltd Geelstert 1 (solar PV facility) Remaining Extent of the Farm Bloemhoek 61
Geelstert Solar Facility 2 (Pty) Ltd Geelstert 2 (solar PV facility) Remaining Extent of the Farm Bloemhoek 61
ABO Wind renewable energies (Pty) Ltd  Geelstert Grid Connection Remaining Extent of the Farm Bloemhoek 61

Remaining Extent of the Farm Aggeneys 56

Portion 1 of the Farm Aggeneys 56

Portion 2 of the Farm Aggeneys 56

Portion 12 of the Farm Aggeneys 56

Portion 13 of the Farm Aggeneys 56

The following infrastructure will be developed for the PV facilities and grid connection:

  • Solar PV Panels;
  • Centralised inverter stations or string inverters;
  • Cabling between the panels, to be laid underground where practical;
  • Main access roads and internal access roads within the PV panel array areas;
  • Temporary laydown areas;
  • Operation and Maintenance buildings.
  • On-site facility substation;
  • A collector substation and an overhead power line to connect the facilities to the Aggeneis Main Transmission Substation (MTS).

Basic Assessment Process:  In terms of Sections 24 and 24D of the National Environmental Management Act (No 107 of 1998), as read with Government Notice R324 – R327, as amended, and GN R114 (February 2018), a Basic Assessment is required for each Solar PV Facility as well as the Grid Connection.  Savannah Environmental is undertaking the required environmental assessment and public participation process for the projects.  A separate application for each project has been lodged with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) as the competent authority.

To obtain further information and register on the project database, please submit your name, contact information and interest in the project to:

Nicolene Venter at Savannah Environmental

P.O. Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157

Tel: 011 656 3237

Fax: 086 684 0547

Email: publicprocess@savannahsa.com

Website: www.savannahsa.com

June 2020

Documents for public review are available for download.

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our Environmental team at +27 (0)11 656 3237 / +27 (0)11 656 3256

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