NOTICE OF AN EXTERNAL COMPLIANCE AUDIT
(SECTION 54) AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS:
MALABAR 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 Malabar 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 Malabar Wind Farm (Pty) Ltd’s compliance with the EMPr applicable to the project.
Penhoek Pass Wind Farm (Pty) Ltd received authorisation for the Penhoek Pass Wind Energy Facility (WEF) on the 2nd November 2012 (DEA ref: 12/12/20/1778/3), following an application for splitting of the Dorper Wind Farm EA (DEA ref: 12/12/20/1778). This Penhoek Pass WEF authorisation was subsequently amended, in particular by renaming of the wind farm to be called the ‘Malabar’ Wind Energy Facility, and changing the holder of the EA to that of Malabar Wind Farm (Pty) Ltd. The Malabar WEF has subsequently further been amended, all amendments and EAs of which are detailed below:
- 12/12/20/1778/3 (2012): Original EA issued for Penhoek Pass Wind Energy Facility (after splitting the Dorper WEF EA);
- 12/12/20/1778/3 (2013): Turbine specifications (hub height and rotor diameter) amendments to the Penhoek Pass WEF;
- 12/12/20/1778/3 (2014): Name change and EA holder amendment from Penhoek Pass to Malabar Wind Energy Facility;
- 12/12/20/1778/AM2 (2015): Validity extention of the EA;
- 12/12/20/1778/AM3 (2016): Validity extention of the EA;
- 12/12/20/1778/AM4 (2018): Validity extention of the EA;
The Malabar Wind Energy Facility includes a maximum of 81 wind turbine units with concrete foundations, underground electrical distribution cabling between the turbines, a shared substation (between the five phases of the Dorper WEF), internal access roads of ~60km long and 6m wide, a small office and workshop, laydown areas of approximately 0.5ha and an overall generation capacity of 202.5MW, comprising a development area of approximately 2324.8ha. Malabar WEF comprises the following property:
- Portion 1 and 6 of the remaining extent of Farm Cypher Gat 69;
- Highlands 72;
- Portion 1 and 4 of Farm Tol Kop 84;
- Farm 96; and
- Highlands Farm 72.
In terms of Section 54(A)(3) of the EIA Regulations 2014 of GNR 326, an independent External Compliance Audit (‘a S54 Audit’) is required to verify compliance towards the Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) for the project. This letter serves to notify 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 report to the competent authority. This report is available at https://www.savannahsa.com/public-documents/other/ for 14 days from date of this notification.
Please direct any queries, information requests or comments to the DEA compliance directorate, at the following:
Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Legal Authorisations and Compliance Inspectorate
Public Participation and Social Consultant
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