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Change in layout and footprint of the Mogalakwena 120MW Photovoltaic Solar Energy Facility for the Mogalakwena Mine





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Part 2 Amendment Application for the change in layout and footprint of the Mogalakwena 120MW Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy Facility (SEF) for the Mogalakwena Mine on the remainder of Portion 3 of the farm Armoede 823 LR within the Mogalakwena Local Municipality, Limpopo Province.


NOTE: This upload has been changed from a Basic Assessment application (assigned SAHRIS case ID was 19521) to a Part 2 Amendment Application after the LEDET advised that an amendment process must be followed instead of the BA process. The updated motivation is therefore as follows: The Mogalakwena Mine solar photovoltaic (PV) project, initiated by Mogalakwena Mine Solar Power (Pty) Ltd. to supply electricity to Mogalakwena Mine, underwent an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and on 09 December 2021 (ref. no. 12/1/9/2/-W89) was granted an environmental authorisation (EA) to construct a PV solar energy facility (SEF). The EA authorised a project footprint of 273 ha. The project is located on the Remainder of Portion 3 of the Farm Armoede 823 in the Limpopo Province. The proposed site is located east of the N11 main road, 27 km outside of the town Mokopane in the Limpopo Province, as illustrated in Figure 1. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process conducted for this project identified a critical biodiversity area (CBA) 1 near the proposed project footprint. While the layout designs at the time endeavoured to remain outside of this sensitive area, the applicable listed activities to develop within this area were applied for and, subsequently, approved as part of the EA. Mogalakwena Mine Solar Power (Pty) Ltd appointed Pele Green Energy (PGE) and EDF Renewables, a consortium known as PGE-EDFR as the Independent Power Producer (IPP) to develop the proposed project. In order to meet the energy demand of the mine, PGE-EDFR has provided a design that changes the authorised project footprint for the development. The reasons for this are: ► The local community’s expanding settlement footprint encroaches into the authorised area. This occurred after the initial EIA process was undertaken; ► The initial proposed footprint was split into three sections (north, central and south) to avoid drainage lines and other sensitivities. PGE-EDFR proposes to develop all project infrastructure only on the central section; and ► The remaining available footprint is not sufficient to accommodate a 120MW design. The only technically suitable area available for expansion is in the CBA east of the authorised layout. The proposed area of expansion outside the authorised footprint is approximately 24.9 ha, including 18 ha of the CBA 1. The remaining extent is categorised as an Ecological Support Area (ESA) 1. Condition 4 of the EA excludes the CBA from the development footprint, as this area did not form part of the original footprint that was applied for. Since the revised footprint proposes to develop a portion of a CBA, this amendment application seeks to remove condition 4 from the EA to accommodate the proposed revised footprint. The amended layout will have a total footprint of approximately 215 ha. Since this change in footprint is expected to result in an increase in ecological biodiversity impact, it needs to be authorised through a substantive amendment process under Part 2 (Regulation 31) of Chapter 5 of the EIA Regulations.


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