AMENDMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION
(DEA Ref.: 14/12/16/3/3/2/322)
Please note the Application for Amendment and Draft Motivation report for the Zen Wind Energy Facility in the Western Cape Province issued on 03 November 2016.
The following amendments are being applied for:
- Reduction in the number of turbines from 46 to 27;
- Increase rated power of turbines from 3 MW to up to 6 MW per WTG
- Increase rotor diameter from 122 m to up to 165 m;
- Increase hub height from 110 m to up to 140 m;
- Increase in the overall capacity of the wind energy facility from 140 MW to up to 147 MW;
- Potential increase to dimensions of the crane pad and laydown area (storage area per turbine) from 2400 m2 to 5500 m2;
- Increase in the concrete foundation from 20m x 20m x 4m to 25m x 25m x 6m;
- Update of the layout; and
- Change the holder of the EA
It is also requested that the property description be updated as 3 properties have been consolidated since the Environmental Authorisation was issued in November 2016.
The proposed amendments in themselves are not listed activities and do not trigger any new listed activity as the proposed amendments are within the original authorised development footprint and do not change the scope of the EA.
In terms of Condition 5 of the Environmental Authorisation and Chapter 5 of the EIA Regulations, 2014 (as amended on 07 April 2017), 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. A Draft Motivation Report in support of this amendment application has been compiled and submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs.
Savannah Environmental has prepared a Motivation Report in support of this Amendment Application on behalf of Zen Wind Farm (Pty) Ltd. The Motivation Report is available for public review and comment from Wednesday 13 November 2019 to Friday 13 December 2019 and can be downloaded from Savannah Environmental’s website (https://www.savannahsa.com/public-documents/energy-generation/khai-ma-wind-energy-facility/) – the Release Code required to download the Report and its Appendices can be obtained from the Public Participation Office (details below). The due date for written comment is Friday, 13 December 2019.
All comments received will be included in the final Motivation Report which will be submitted to the DEA for review and decision-making.
Our team welcomes your participation and looks forward to your involvement throughout this process. We also welcome you to share this information with any others that you feel will have a stake in the project and should be part of this process (such as occupiers of directly affected or surrounding properties, interest groups, community groups etc.).
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