Excelsior S54 Audit Report

Excelsior Wind Farm, Power line and Water Courses Environmental Authorisation & EMPRs, Swellendam, Western Cape Province

As a registered Interested and Affected Party for the Excelsior 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 Excelsior compliance with the Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) applicable to the project.

Excelsior Wind Farm (Pty) Ltd received authorisation for the Excelsiour Wind Energy Facility (WEF) September 2011 (Wind Farm 12/12/20/1798; Power Line 14/12/16/3/3/1/1478; Water Courses 14/12/16/3/3/433 & 14/12/16/3/3/1/433/MP1, and all subsequent amendments thereto.  The Excelsior WEF authorisation has subsequently been amended for various reasons, all of which are detailed below:

The audit reports are detailed below:

Wind Farm Authorisation (DEFF Ref: 12/12/20/1798):

  • Section 54 audit report and associated appendices for the EMPr of this project;
  • Section 54 audit report and associated appendices for the Environmental Authorisation (EA) of this project;

Power Line Authorisation (DEFF Ref: 14/12/16/3/3/1/1478):

  • Section 54 audit report and associated appendices for the EMPr of this project;
  • Section 54 audit report and associated appendices for the Environmental Authorisation (EA) of this project;

Water Courses Authorisation (DEFF Ref: 14/12/16/3/3/1/279):

  • Section 54 audit report and associated appendices for the EMPr of this project;Section 54 audit report and associated appendices for the Environmental Authorisation (EA) of this project;

Excelsior Wind Energy Facility, located within the Swellendam Local Municipality, comprises 13 Wind Turbine Generators (WTG) with a total capacity of 32.5MW, a substation and related 132kV power line, access and internal roads and other associated infrastructure.  Construction of the facility and associated infrastructure started in September 2018 and is expected to continue for ~18 months.  Properties associated with this facility are as follows:

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, as applicable, to the competent authority of the above-mentioned EAs and EMPRs. These reports are available at https://www.savannahsa.com/public-documents/other/ for 14 days from date of publication.

Please direct any queries, information requests or comments to the DEA compliance directorate, at the following email address:

Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Legal Authorisations and Compliance Inspectorate E-mail: compliance@environment.gov.za

Kind regards

Nicolene Venter

Public Participation and Social Consultant

Email:  publicprocess@savannahsa.com

Documents for public review are available for download.

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