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Proposed Eskom Powerline

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE:

APPLICATION FOR THE PROPOSED RE-CONFIGURATION OF THE PORT EDWARD SUBSTATION WHICH WILL INCLUDE A COMMUNICATIONS TOWER, AS WELL AS THE ERECTION OF TWO POWER LINES FROM EROS SUBSTATION IN HARDING TO THE PORT EDWARD SUBSTATION RUNNING ON TWO SEPARATE ROUTES TROUGH PARTS OF KWAZULU NATAL AND THE EASTERN CAPE
(DEAT ref# 12/12/20/987)

In order to reinforce Eskom’s existing Distribution power line network in the KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape, Eskom Distribution (a subsidiary of Eskom Holdings Limited) is currently proposing the establishment of two power lines from Eros Substation (Harding) to Port Edward Substation, as well as the proposed upgrade of the Port Edward Substation.

In terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations published in Government Notice R385 of 21 April 2006 in terms Chapter 5 of the National Environmental Management Act (No 107 of 1998), Eskom Distribution has appointed SiVEST, as the independent environmental consultants, to undertake the required EIA and public participation for this proposed project.

SiVEST would like to invite you, as an interested and/or affected party (I&AP), to become actively part of the EIA and public participation processes for this proposed project. Included is the project’s Background Information Document which contains information regarding the proposed project as well as the EIA and public participation processes to be undertaken during the scoping and assessment phase of the proposed project.

By completing and submitting the accompanying Registration and Comment Form, you would automatically be registered as an I&AP on the project database.

SiVEST would like to thank you, in advance, for becoming part of the public participation process and is looking forward to receiving your valuable comments relating to the proposed project.

Yours faithfully

Comments

I understand that the proposed route for one of the power lines is via Bizana.

Why is that fact not mentioned above?

Would that be to supply power to the Xolobeni mineral sands project?

Yes, the proposed route could possible go trough Bizana. When investigating the proposed route options, a corridor of approximately 200-300 metres is proposed and the Power Line Servitude can currently fall anywhere in the proposed corridor. SiVEST will submit as Scoping Report to DEAT to state out findings for the corridor and Eskom will then have to do the construction on the basis of DEAT's comments. It is therefore easier for me to send you a map with the proposed corridors, please note that note of them is final.

As for supplying power to the Xolobeni mineral sands project, SiVEST can unfortunately not give you an accurate answer. The best would be to contact Eskom and enquire with them. It needs to be taken into account, that the Xolobeni mineral sands project has not been approved.

Hope this helps.

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