PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF PULIDA BESS FACILITY AND ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION IN TERMS OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT 107 OF 1998, WATER USE LICENCE IN TERMS OF THE NATIONAL WATER ACT 36 OF 1998, AND HERITAGE PERMIT AS WELL AS AVAILABILITY OF THE HERITAGE IMPACT ASSESSMENT REPORT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT IN TERMS OF NATIONAL HERITAGE RESOURCES ACT NO. 25 OF 1999 FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF PULIDA BESS FACILITY AND ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE SITUATED ON FARM KLIPDRIFT NO 20 REM IN THE LETSEMENG LOCAL MUNICIPALITY, XHARIEP DISTRICT, FREE STATE PROVICE

DFFE REFERENCE NO: 14/12/16/3/3/1/2574

FULL PROJECT TITLE: PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF PULIDA BESS FACILITY AND ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE SITUATED ON FARM KLIPDRIFT NO 20 REM IN THE LETSEMENG LOCAL MUNICIPALITY, XHARIEP DISTRICT, FREE STATE PROVICE

Project Details

The applicant is proposing to develop A Battery Energy Storage System.

An application for environmental authorisation will be lodged with the competent authority to undertake listed activities 11, 12, 14, 19, 27 and 28 in listing notice 1 (GN. R983, as amended) and activity 12 in listing notice 3 (GN. R985, as amended) which will require the investigation, assessment and communication of potential impacts following a basic assessment process as prescribed in regulations 19 and 20 of GN.R 982 (as amended). This entails conducting a basic assessment report (BAR), environmental management programme (EMPr) and relevant specialist studies in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) and the 2014 EIA Regulations (as amended).

A Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) is designed to save and store excess electrical output as it is generated. This can later be released into the grid as and when required. The Battery system is able to provide to the grid ancillary services as well.

In this scenario the BESS system is housed inside containers or similar housing structures with a footprint of up to 4ha in extent. Both Lithium-ion and Redox-flow technology are being considered for the project, depending on which is most feasible at the time of implementation.

Roughly 4ha in size.

  • A Substation with a maximum height of – HV bus-bar up to 10 m max and an HV Building up to 4 m max
  • Potentially access road to the BESS (6m wide road surface with ditch drainage on each side of the road) branching off of the existing roads, and internal roads (up to 8m wide) within the footprint of the BESS, as needed.
  • MV Cabling (underground or overhead) between the BESS and the MV/HV substation.
  • HV Cabling (underground or overhead) between HV/MV BESS substation and the HV substation (connection to Eskom network).
  • Fencing around the BESS system and the substations for increased security measures.
  • Temporary laydown area within the 4ha footprint of the BESS.
  • Recommended firebreak around the BESS facility, to be located within the 4ha BES footprint

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS

The draft BAR and related documentation is available to the public to review here – ncc-group.co.za/public-participation

Any interested and affected parties (I&APs) are invited to register as an I&AP and submit comments related to the project.

All comments received will be captured, considered, and incorporated into the relevant impact assessment reports.

Note that this is a public process, and your name and comments will be published in the draft Basic Assessment Report. While your contact information will not be made public in this report, this information will go to the DEA&DP with the final report.

Registered I&APs will be notified of all comment periods and availability of information within the process and have the right in terms of NEMA to comment on these documents.

If you would like to register as an I&AP, please complete the Registration and Comment Form and return it by no later than 26th July 2022 to the contact person below.

Nick Gates
NCC Environmental Services (Pty) Ltd
26 Bell Close, Westlake Business Park, Westlake, Cape Town
Tel: 021 702 2884
Fax: 086 555 0693
Email: ppp@ncc-group.co.za

Role Players

ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTITIONER (EAP): NCC Environmental Services (Pty) Ltd (NCC)
APPLICANT: Pulida Energy (RF) (Proprietary)
COMPETENT AUTHORITY: Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE)

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD