Establishment of Grid Connection Infrastructure for the 400MW Gas-to-Power located in RBIDZ Zone 1F, KwaZulu-Natal Province
Applicant: Richards Bay Gas Power 2 (Pty) Ltd
Proposed Activity: The development of an overhead power line and switching station to connect the authorised RBGP2 400MW gas-to-power facility to the national grid. The power line will be constructed at 132kV or 275kV (and operated at 132kV) and will connect to the Eskom substation via a 132kV switching station to a feasible connection point to the south of the power plant site. Two alternative power line corridors are being considered in the EIA process, each approximately 8.5km in length. Both alternatives include an assessment corridor of 200m. Only one feasible location for the switching station has been identified. Where existing roads along the power line servitude and to the switching station sites are not available, new access roads will be required to be constructed.
Location: The proposed grid infrastructure will be located in Alton, Richards Bay. The project site is situated in the City of uMhlathuze Local Municipality which falls within the jurisdiction of the King Cetshwayo District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Province. The following properties are affected by this proposed project:
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Impact 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, a Scoping & EIA process is required to be undertaken in support of the application for the Environmental Authorisation of this project. Savannah Environmental is undertaking the required EIA and public participation process for the project.
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/grid-infrastructure/ from 13 November 2020 – 14 December 2020. The due date for written comment is 14 December 2020.
Public Participation Process: Savannah Environmental (Pty) Ltd has been appointed as the independent environmental consultant responsible for undertaking the EIA and Public Participation process in support of this application for EA. To obtain further information on the project 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
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