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Standard on Expansion of Power Lines and Substations Drawn Up

April 11, 2022

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

A standard for the development and expansion of power lines and substations within identified geographical areas is on the cards.

The forestry, fisheries and the environment department published the proposed standard in Government Gazette 46209 for comment in terms of the National Environmental Management Act.

The draft 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.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 46208, the department announced the adoption of the Generic Environmental Management Programme for development projects within the Atlantis urban area.

Identified activities listed are excluded from the requirement to obtain environmental authorization prior to commencement in Atlantis.

According to the department, environmental authorisations issued prior to the date of publication of the notice for an activity falling within the scope of the notice remain valid.