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:
Published: 14 June 2019
Review period: The Albany WEF Draft Scoping Report is available for public review from the 14th June 2019 until the 19th July 2019.