Boulders Wind Farm EIA

Vredenburg Windfarm (Pty) Ltd is proposing the development of a commercial wind farm and associated infrastructure on a project site located 14km north of Vredenburg in the Saldanha Bay Local Municipality and the greater West Coast District Municipality of the Western Cape. A project site considered to be suitable for the development of a wind farm, with an extent of approximately 5084 hectares, was identified by the project developer, Vredenburg Windfarm (Pty) Ltd.

The project site identified for the development will include up to 45 wind turbines (described as a wind farm) with a contracted capacity of up to 140MW. The project site is the area for which an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is being undertaken in order to obtain Environmental Authorisation for the development.

The project site being assessed has a total extent of approximately 5084ha, and comprises the

following ten properties, all of which are privately owned: ND FARM

  • Boebezaks Kraal 2/40
  • Boebezaks Kraal 3/40
  • Boebezaks Kraal 5/40
  • Frans Vlei 2/46
  • Schuitjes Klip 3/22
  • Schuitjes Klip 1/22
  • Davids Fontyn 9/18
  • Davids Fontyn 7/18
  • Het Schuytje 1/21
  • Uitkomst RE/6/23

The proposed development footprint, to be located within the project site, will accommodate both the wind turbines as well as the associated infrastructure which is required for such a facility including, but not limited to: 1) Up to 45 wind turbines, with a maximum hub height of up to 120m. 2) The tip height of the turbines will be up to 165m; 3) Concrete foundations to support the turbines; 4) Cabling between the turbines, to be laid underground where practical; 5) An on-site substation of up to 200m x 200m in extent to facilitate the connection between the wind farm and the electricity grid; 5) An overhead 132kV power line, with a 32m servitude, to connect the facility to the electricity grid; 6) A transformer station for each wind turbine; 7) Access roads to the site and between project components with a width of approximately 6m; 8) Laydown areas, crane hardstand pads, administrative buildings and offices.

It is the developer's intention to bid the Boulders Wind Farm under the Department of Energy's (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) Programme. The power generated from the project will be sold to Eskom and will feed into the national electricity grid. The development of the project will also assist with the achievement of the electricity goals as set out in the Integrated Resources Plan.

The scoping process focused on identifying and assessing the local level issues associated with the siting of the planned wind farm and delineated areas of potential sensitivity within the broader development site. This was then used to design a layout of the wind turbines that would minimise social and environmental impacts. This layout was then assessed by the specialists in the EIA phase and an additional amended layout was developed and assessed to further minimize the potential negative impacts.
Information to the Public:
Notice of submission of Final EIR, EMPr and appendices.

Published: 13 September 2019
Review Period: Not relevant at this stage – EIA process has now been completed. IAPs will be informed of the outcome when this is received by CES.

Contact Person: Louise van Aardt and Maura Talbot
Email: and
Tel: Louise van Aardt 046 622 2364 | Maura Andrew 021 045 0900
Fax: +27 (0) 86 410 7593

Appeal decisions by the Appeal Board Reference LSA 191558

The decisions on all the appeals against the Boulders Wind Farm


The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), previously the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), decision to issue an Environmental Authorization and the NEMA Appeal Regulations

Environmental Authorisation 14 January 2020 NEMA appeal regulations Vredenburg Wind Farm(PTY) LTDs response to appeals against the issuing of an Environmental Authorisation


Final Environmental Impact Report, Specialist Studies, Environmental Management Plan Report and Appendices



Final Environmental Impact Report


List of Appendices for Volume 1

A. Project Maps

Project Maps Including: 1. Locality 2. Layout 3. Layout with combined sensitivities and 4. All the individual specialist sensitivity maps


B. Impact tables

1. General Impacts 2. Specialist Impacts


C. Feasibility study letters from stakeholders

Feasibility study letters from stakeholders


D. Other documents

1. Client Pre-feasibility study report on alternatives 2. CES Visual Impact Assessment



List of Appendices - IA - Impact Assessment

A. Agriculture and Soils IA B. Avifaunal IA C. Bat IA D. Ecological IA E. Freshwater IA F1.Heritage IA F2.Archaeological IA F3.Palaeontology IA G. Noise IA H. Economic, Tourism and Property IA I. Social IA J. Traffic IA K. Visual IA



Final Environmental Management Programme - EMPR



Public Participation Appendices

A. I and AP database B. Notices sent out to I and APs C. Adverts and site notices D1. Focus Group Meetings-schedule, invitations, minutes and attendance registers D2. Focus Group Meeting Invitations Only D3. Focus Group Meeting Attendance Registers E. Proofs of distribution of hard copies of Draft EIR to Authorities F1. Proofs of submissions received Authorities and Paternoster IAPs F2. Proofs of submissions received Britannica Heights F3. Proofs of submissions received BH, St Helena Bay petition F4. Proofs of submissions received Petitions continue F5. Proofs of submissions received Petitions cont. Farmers and others F6. Proofs of submissions received from other IAPs F7. Correspondence with IAPs G1. All papers and articles submitted by IAPs D. Brand and G. Shleger G2. All papers and articles submitted by IAPs M. Ralph G3. All papers and articles submitted by IAPs P Pickford-A Jenkins review G4. All papers and articles submitted by IAPs P Pickford-A van der Spuy (AVDS) review



Comments and Response Report - CRR



Appeal Decision April 2019 Boulders Wind Farm



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