Albany Wind Energy Facility - Grahamstown

Albany Wind Power (Pty) Ltd. plans to develop, construct and operate a Wind Energy Facility (WEF) approximately seven kilometres east of Makhanda in the Eastern Cape Province. The project site is situated in Makana Local Municipality (LM) which forms part of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality (DM). According to the data recorded by Albany Wind Power in the area, this project site appears to have favourable wind conditions to operate a wind farm.

The proposed Albany WEF will consist of up to 66 turbines each capable of generating approximately 4.5 Mega Watts (MW) of power. The WEF will also include a short powerline and switching station in order to connect the WEF to the existing Eskom substation (this powerline will be applied for in a separate environmental application process which will run parallel to WEF application). The current layout allows for a maximum generating output of up to 297 MW, but the final design may be reduced dependant on the outcome of the specialist studies undertaken during this Environmental Impact Assessment Process. The turbine footprints and associated facility infrastructure (internal access roads, substations, construction compound, batching plant and operations building) will cover a maximum area of approximately 46.19 ha (post rehabilitation) depending on the final layout design should the project proceed to the construction phase.

CES has been appointed by Albany Wind Power as the Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) to conduct the necessary EIA Process and secure the required Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the project in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA, Act No. 107 of 1998 and subsequent amendments) EIA Regulations (2014 and subsequent 2017 amendments).

In summary the Albany WEF includes:

  • Up to sixty-six (66) turbines with a generation capacity of up to 4.5 MW each resulting in a nominal power output of up to 297 MW;
  • The proposed WEF will include turbines with a rotor diameter of up to 170 m, a hub height of up to 130 m and blade length of up to 85 m;
  • Internal access roads of between 8 m (during operation) and 14 m (during construction, to be partly rehabilitated) wide to each turbine;
  • Existing roads will be used as far as possible. However, where required, internal access roads will be constructed between the turbines;
  • Three (3) connecting substations (switching stations):
    • Two (2) Switching stations to connect the WEF to the powerline (powerline to be assessed in separate application); and
    • WEF IPP 132/33 kV Substation.
  • Foundations with an area of up to 550 m2 for each turbine;
  • A primary laydown area of approximately 3 900 m2 adjacent to each turbine;
  • Temporary infrastructure including a site camp and a laydown area of approximately 30 m2 per turbine (all to be rehabilitated post construction);
  • A 25 m2 area for switchgear and/or transformer at each turbine;
  • Medium voltage cabling between turbines and the switching stations, to be laid underground where technically feasible;
  • An up to 100 000 m2 for the substation, battery storage and site office area; and
  • Batching plant, temporary laydown area and construction compound area of approximately 90 000 m2.




DEA Scoping Decision Albany WEF Application Form Albany WEF Draft Scoping Report Albany WEF Final Scoping Report Albany WEF Final Scoping Report Appendix A Albany WEF Final Scoping Report Appendix B Albany WEF Layout Map ...back to public documents

Review period:The Albany WEF Final Scoping Report has been submitted to DEA for decision making purposes. DEA has 43 days in which to provide feedback.
Contact Person: Caroline Evans
Tel: 046 622 2364

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