Eskom Kudu Oranjemund Deviation

(DEFF Reference Number 14/12/16/3/3/2/977).

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. require application of a Part 2 Amendment for the proposed change in a tower’s position where the new Oranjemond – NamPower (Obib) 400 kV line crosses the Orange River. The standard process for environmental authorisations for transmission line projects does not normally call for specific tower locations for approval. The project had tower locations preliminary determined to assist the EA process in the highly sensitive environmental zone. In 2017 there were two 400 kV lines designed to exit Oranjemond substation crossing the Orange River and into Namibia. The line lengths were approximately 2 km each. Environmental Authorisation (Ref: 14/12/16/3/3/2/977) was granted in 2017. Shortly after that a Part I Amendment was granted in November 2017 (Ref: 14/12/16/3/3/2/977/AM1) which covered the removal and rewording of conditions and the validity period of the EA.

Since then, the technology suggested in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has changed with more modern structures available with different dimensions to that in described in the original EIA. Due to the highly sensitive nature of the project site, specialists were required to determine the potential impacts to the receiving environment as a result in the change of structures (number of towers and height). Micro siting was also required for those towers 1 – 7 at the request of the DFFE during the pre-application meeting held on the 3rd June 2021.

The following specialist studies were completed to inform the impacts and micro siting:

  • Avian;
  • Wetland; and
  • Ecology.

Published: 20 January 2022
Review Period: N/A

Contact Person: Ms. Brooke Mason
Tel: +27 (0)10 045 1376 (Cape Town)

Construction Environmental Management Programme-EMPr

Construction EMPr


Application for Environmental Authorisation for the Eskom Kudu-Oranjemund Powerline Deviation (Ref: 14/12/16/3/3/2/977)

Oranjemund-NamPower 400kV line-tower changes motivation letter


Appendix A: Environmental Authorisation

Appendix A: Environmental Authorisation Proposed Eskom Kudu Power Station


Appendix B:Specialist Reports

Appendix B1: Avifaunal statement Appendix B2: Botanical assessment Appendix B3: Freshwater specialist statement


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