Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
The standard for the development and expansion of power lines and substations within identified geographical areas is in place.
The forestry, fisheries and the environment department announced the adoption of the standard in Government Gazette 47095 in terms of the National Environmental Management Act.
The standard was published for comment in April 2022.
The standard also seeks to exclude the infrastructure from the requirement to obtain an environmental authorization.
The exclusion from the requirement to obtain environmental authorisation will apply in areas “identified by the national web based environmental screening tool as being of medium or low environmental sensitivity and confirmed to be such for identified environmental themes” within identified strategic transmission corridors.
The standard and the exclusions will not apply where any part of the infrastructure occurs on an area for which the environmental sensitivity for any environmental theme is identified as being very high or high by the national web based environmental screening tool and confirmed to be such through the application of the procedures in the standard or where the greater part of the proposed infrastructure falls outside any strategic transmission corridor.