South Africa: Mulilo Plans to Develop 2 x 200MW Wind Projects in Newcastle, Kwazulu Natal

  • South African IPP, Mulilo, has been a leading competitor in South Africa’s REIPPP programme since its inception, with two solar PV projects under Round 1, two Solar PV projects and two wind projects under Round 3 operational. 
  • They have two new EIA wind project applications lodged for the Newcastle Wind Energy Facility (WEF) Complex in the Newcastle Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Province, comprising of Mulilo Newcastle Wind Power WEF (200 MW) and, Mulilo Newcastle Wind Power 2 WEF (200 MW).

Mulilo Newcastle Wind Power WEF will consist of up to 37 turbines with a maximum hub height of up to 140 m and a rotor diameter of up to 200 m, with a total facility output of up to 200MW. The proposed activity will be located on the following land parcels: Portion 1 of Geelhoutboom Farm 3350, Remaining Extent (RE) of Bernard Farm 9447, RE of Cliffdale Farm 9439, RE of Spitskop Farm 16302, RE of Byron Farm 9448, and RE of Geelhoutboom Farm 3350.  The expected WEF footprint will be up to 82 Ha after rehabilitation. Associated infrastructure will include an onsite substation, temporary laydown areas/construction yards, internal access roads (upgrade of existing roads and the construction of new roads), operations and maintenance (O&M) building, and a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). 

Mulilo Newcastle Wind Power 2 WEF will consist of up to 37 turbines with a maximum hub height of up to 140 m and a rotor diameter of up to 200 m, with a total facility output of up to 200MW. The proposed activity will be located on the following land parcels: Remaining Extent of Farm 17421, Farm 8831, Farm Paardeplaat B 9390, Farm Franzhoek 8800, Farm Glendower 2901 and Farm Paardeplaat A 9389.  The expected WEF footprint will be up to 82 Ha after rehabilitation. Associated infrastructure will include an onsite substation, temporary laydown areas/construction yards, internal access roads (upgrade of existing roads and the construction of new roads), operations and maintenance (O&M) building, and a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).

The Draft Scoping Report will be available for a review and comment period of 30 days 14th September 2022 and will end on 13th October 2022. The documentation can be accessed at: http://www.cesnet.co.za/public-documents 

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