Draft Basic Environmental Assessment for the construction of 132kV distribution lines from Melkhout to Patensie, Cacadu District.



New 132 kV overhead transmission powerlines are proposed to strengthen and upgrade the grid supply in the Patensie, Humansdorp and Kareedouw area, Eastern Cape, in order to support the recent and planned growth and development in the area.


An upgrade of the existing electrical distribution network is therefore required to accommodate the new supply. This involves the construction of new 132 kV infrastructure, new substations as well as the decommissioning of certain facilities. The construction of new and upgrading of existing substations will further aid in strengthening of the local network.  The total length of the proposed powerlines amounts to approximately 90 km.

Melkhout to Dieprivier, Cacadu District

Melkhout to Patensie, Cacadu District (this project)

Dieprivier to Kareedouw, Cacadu District

 Any comments on the final BAR are to be submitted directly to the DEA case officer listed at the following address:

Postal address:
Ms Toinette van der Merwe
Department of Environmental Affairs
Integrated Environmental Authorisations
Private Bag X 447

Street address:
Fedsure Building
315 Pretorius Street

Please provide the application reference number as follows: 
NEAS Ref: DEA/EIA/0001212/2012
DEA Ref: 14/12/16/3/3/1/573

Please submit your comments to the DEA within 21 days of the date of this notice:
Date of Notice: 22 November 2012



 Environmental Authorisation
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Final Basic Assessment ReportFinal Basic Assessment Report1.49 MBDownload
Appendix ASensitivity, site and route layout maps1.07 MBDownload
Appendix BPhotographs631.01 KBDownload
Appendix CFacility illustrations902.55 KBDownload
Appendix D1Avifauna Assessment Report1,002.71 KBDownload
Appendix D2Vegetation Assessment Report8.85 MBDownload
Appendix D3Heritage Assessment Report1.69 MBDownload
Appendix D4Wetland Assessment Report1.80 MBDownload
Appendix D5Archaeological Impact Assessment5.05 MBDownload
Appendix D6Palaeontological Impact Assessment5.46 MBDownload
Appendix EPPP & CRR9.51 MBDownload
Appendix E2. Response to ECHPRA189.18 KBDownload
Appendix FDetailed Impact Assessment560.13 KBDownload
Appendix GEMPr1,002.57 KBDownload
Appendix HEAP declaration of interest and expertise378.90 KBDownload
Appendix ISpecialists' declaration of interest688.90 KBDownload