Development of a Thermal Power Dual Fuel Facility to Form Part of a Hybrid Generation Facility Together With the Authorised Hyperion 1 & 2 Solar PV Energy Facility, Near Kathu, Northern Cape Province
Applicant: Hyperion Solar Development (Pty) Ltd.
Proposed Activity: The development of a hybrid generation facility consisting of a dispatchable, dual fuel (liquid or gas) thermal generation plant that will work in combination with the authorised Hyperion PV Solar Energy Facility (SEF) complex. The power generated by the thermal facility and authorised Hyperion PV facility complex will connect via an overhead 132kV power line to the existing Eskom Kalbas substation. The thermal generation plant will include the following infrastructure:
» Gas turbines or Reciprocating Gas Engines
» Access road
» Truck entrance and parking facility
» Regasification plant and fuel preparation plant
» Dry cooling system for operating oils/chemicals
» Fuel off-loading facility
» Fuel storage facility
» Water demineralisation plant
» Substation, cabling, O&M building, fencing, warehouses and workshops
Location: The proposed thermal power facility and associated infrastructure are located approximately 22km north of Kathu within in the Gamagara Local Municipality which falls within jurisdiction of the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality, Northern Cape Province on the Remainder of the Farm Lyndoch 432 and Portion 1 of Farm 464. The proposed thermal power facility is to be located within the authorised Hyperion 1 & 2 PV SEF site.
Environmental Impact Assessment Process: In terms of Sections 24 and 24D of the National Environmental Management Act (No 107 of 1998), as read with the EIA Regulations, GNR 982-985 of 4 December 2014, as amended, a Scoping and EIA process is required to be undertaken for the proposed 75MW Thermal Power Dual Fuel facility and its associated infrastructure. A separate Basic Assessment process is required to be undertaken for the associated 132kV Transmission infrastructure.
Scoping Report Available for Review: A Scoping Report is available for review and comment. The report can be viewed at https://www.savannahsa.com/public-documents/energy-generation/hyperion-thermal-power-storage/ from 17 October 2020 – 17 November 2020. The due date for written comment is 17 November 2020.
Public Participation Process: Savannah Environmental (Pty) Ltd has been appointed as the independent environmental consultant responsible for undertaking the EIA and Public Participation processes in support of these applications for EA. To obtain further information on the projects and to register on the project database, please submit your name, contact information and interest in the project as per the details below.
Consultation Meetings: Consultation meetings will be held with relevant I&APs and stakeholders via an appropriate forum during the review period. Should you wish to be included in these meetings or receive further information on the project please contact us as per the details below: