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Revised Schedule of Fees for Applications made to the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA)

HIA for the Boston Hydro Power Plant Project, Free State Province





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Heritage Impact Assessment for the Boston Hydro Power Plant Project, Thabo Mofutsanyane District Municipality, Free State Province


Boston Hydro is a 5MW run-of-river hydro power project located on the Ash River near Clarens. Power will be evacuated via a 22kV overhead powerline from Boston to the Eskom Node substation via the Stortemelk hydropower plant. The power evacuation scope, assessed in another HIA Study, will include the construction of a new 2.3 km long overhead powerline from Boston to Stortemelk and upgrading of the existing powerline from Stortemelk to Node over distance of 9km. The 22kV Boston - Stortemelk OHL powerline will therefore be 11.3 km in total length, utilizing Chickadee conductor, built on wooden pole structures with H-pole and double wood structures, and include ADSS for fibre communications. The following properties fall within the project: - Boston 40 The Boston Hydropower Project is a proposed 5 MW run-of-river hydropower plant, located on the Ash River approximately 10km north of the town of Clarens in the Free State Province, South Africa. This location is approximately 3.5 km downstream of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) outfall into the Ash River. Access to the site is available off the existing S217 District Road. The site was subdivided from the local farm and Boston Hydro hold an option agreement to purchase the subdivided portion. The weir (earth embankment) extends some 136 m onto the neighbouring property (Farm Kruisvallei 190, Bethlehem). There has been no previous physical development on the main portion of the site. The neighbouring farm, Kruisvallei 190, is currently being used for commercial agriculture in the form of Soya production. The project has a footprint of approximately 2ha on a site of approximately 13ha. Part of the proposed infrastructure comprises a 10 m high concrete diversion weir which diverts the flow into a 270 m long concrete lined canal flowing into a headpond. A penstock conveys the water from the headpond into the power station located on the Western bank of the Ash River. The power station draft tube will be orientated to discharge the water back in line with the river channel to minimise erosion of the banks. A reject structure will be provided at the end of the canal, upstream of the headpond, in order to allow for the return of the water in the canal back to the river in case of a sudden load rejection. The preferred turbine technology for the small hydropower scheme includes a double regulated Kaplan turbine of 5 MW capacity. Electricity will be evacuated via a 22 kV powerline. Water for construction will be sourced from the river. Gravel will be purchased from a local licensed supplier. A septic or conservatory tank will be required to cater for ablutions. It is anticipated that 100-150 employment opportunities will be created during the 18-month construction period, two during operation and 20 during decommissioning. No onsite housing has been proposed. An Environmental Authorization process was first initiated 2010 and the then Free-State Office of SAHRA (the Provincial Manager) issued a letter requesting heritage assessment. An HIA was conducted in 2011 and the HIA was provided to the Free-State Office of SAHRA. Documentation pertaining to this first submission are attached to the Case. At the time, a SAHRIS Case was not created and a Record of Decision was not issued by the Free State SAHRA Office. Cognizant of this, the new SAHRIS application aims to obtain a comment from SAHRA for the project.


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