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Proposed Waaihoek Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and reservoir, located near the town of Utrecht, in the eMadlangeni Local Municipality, Amajuba District, in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province

Waaihoek Wind Farm (Pty) Ltd,  a subsidiary of South Africa Mainstream Renewable Power Developments (Pty) Ltd, are proposing to develop a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), associated infrastructure and water reservoir within the authorized Waaihoek Wind Energy Facility (WEF) project site (14/12/16/3/3/2/655 and 14/12/16/3/3/2/654), located near the town of Utrecht, in the eMadlangeni Local Municipality, Amajuba District, in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province of South Africa.

The 2 ha Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and associated infrastructure for will connect to the authorised Waaihoek WEF onsite substation. The need for a BESS stems from the fact that electricity is only produced by the WEF while wind is blowing, while the peak demand may not necessarily occur during the daytime. Therefore, the storage of electricity and supply thereof during peak-demand will mean that the facility is more efficient, reliable and electricity supply more constant.

The proposed reservoir will store up to 400m3 of water which will be used to meet the water demands during the construction of the authorized Waaihoek WEF.

CES was appointed to conduct the Basic Assessment Process for the above mentioned development.

Published: 13 November 2020
Review Period: 13 November - 13 December 2020

Contact Person: Ms. Caryn Clarke
Email: c.clarke@cesnet.co.za
Tel: 087 830 9804

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