NOTICE OF AN EXTERNAL COMPLIANCE AUDIT
(SECTION 54) AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS:
DORPER WIND FARM DEVELOPMENT, MOLTENO, EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE
Notification of Submission of Section 54(A)(3) Audit Reports to the Competent Authority
As a registered Interested and Affected Party for the Dorper Wind Energy Facility, please be advised that in terms of Section 54(a)(3) of the EIA regulations (GNR 326, 7 April 2018), Savannah Environmental (Pty) Ltd has undertaken an external environmental compliance audit and prepared an external environmental compliance audit report assessing Dorper Wind Farm RF (Pty) Ltd’s compliance with the EMPr applicable to the project.
Dorper Wind Farm RF (Pty) Ltd received authorisation for the Dorper Wind Energy Facility in May 2011 (DEA ref: 12/12/20/1778). The authorisation for the first phase of the Dorper Wind Farm project was received following an amendment to the authorisation (i.e. splitting of the project into phases) in November 2012 (EIA Ref No: 12/12/20/1778/1). This wind energy facility comprises 40 wind turbine generators with a total capacity of 100MW, a substation with a 33kV/132kV yard footprint and associated infrastructure. Construction commenced in January 2013 and commercial operation date (COD) was achieved in August 2014. The wind energy facility is currently operating. The Dorper WEF is located within the jurisdiction of the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality, occupying the following properties:
- Portion 1 & 3 of Farm Uitkeyk 67;
- Remaining extent of Farm 68;
- Portion 3 and 4 of Farm 68;
- Portion 5,6 and 7 of farm Cypher Gat 69; and
- Farm 96;
In terms of Section 54(A)(3) of the EIA Regulations 2014 of GNR 326, an independent external compliance audit (“S54 Audit”) is required to verify compliance towards the Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) for the project. This notification hereby notifies all potential and registered interested and affected parties, including organs of state with applicable jurisdiction as well as the competent authority, of the submission of the external compliance audit reports to the competent authority. These reports are available at https://www.savannahsa.com/public-documents/other/ for 14 days from date of this notification.
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- Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Legal Authorisations and Compliance Inspectorate
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