Residents get their way with Mooiplaats power line Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 April 2011 17:40
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The Mooiplaats power line and substation will follow the route suggested by residents.

After deliberating for months, the City of Tshwane Electricity Division announced that the final preferred route and substation locality will be in line with the Magalies-Bronberg Property Owners Association's (MBPA) proposal. Some of the original planned routes for the power line would have run over existing residential houses and next to the Pienaars River.

According to Stephanie Webber from Seedcracker Environmental Consulting, the firm dealing with the project's public participation process, all other alternative routes and substation localities have been scrapped.

Stephanie said that the route suggested by Wolf Snyckers, MBPA chairman, in January 2010 was adopted. The power line will run parallel to the existing power lines on Hazeldean farm from the Wildebeest Infeed station in the north, an AC receiving station located within a kilometre from the existing Eskom AC power line. The line will terminate at the Mooiplaats substation on Hazeldean farm.

The draft environmental impact assessment application for the proposed new route for the overhead power line and substation will be made available for public review in May. The report will be available for review for 40 days.

Objections
In The Bronberger's March 2010 edition we reported that Mooiplaats residents' suggested alternatives, such as solar technology or underground cables, were considered to be too expensive. It was also said that existing lines couldn't be used for the new project.


The black lines indicate the route of the Mooiplaats power line, running parallel to the existing power lines on Hazeldean farm. The Wildebeest Infeed station is the pink block at the top and the Mooiplaats substation is at the bottom

Objections to the proposed 132 KV Mooiplaats overhead power line and one hectare 132/11KV Mooiplaats substation were formally answered during a follow-up public participation meeting held in February 2010.

As a community, Mooiplaats residents were asked to approve a project for development that might only reach their area in a decade and they were told that they might have to deal with legal consequences if they deliberately slowed down the process.

Residents heard that the Mooiplaats power line project was part of a bigger plan for future energy provision in the area, which was not yet indicated on any formal spatial development framework (SDF) at that stage.

Jannie Gous of the City of Tshwane Primary Electricity Development Division mentioned that 7 500 houses will be supplied by the proposed 120 MVA Mooiplaats substation. At the moment there aren't 7 500 houses in the study area, which means that the substation will be providing capacity for new development to come into the area.

Area
Because Nokeng and Kungwini will soon form part of the Tshwane Metro Council, the City of Tshwane Primary Electricity Development Division has been licensed by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to supply electricity outside of the municipality's current areas of jurisdiction.

The current, temporary power supply to the Mooiplaats, Zwartkoppies, Pienaarspoort, Donkerhoek and Barendshoek areas from other substations will be discontinued, leaving the area with no power supply.

The power is currently supplied from the Waltloo and Wapadrand 11 kV overhead power lines. These lines are not reliable, as the supply of electricity over long distances is most suitably supplied by 132 kV power lines. Power outages are frequent and there is no dedicated substation for the Mooiplaats area.

Draft
Since last year's public participation meetings, a draft 2011 SDF has been compiled for the area. According to ward two councillor, André van der Walt, the framework indicates land use for future planning. He said that Kungwini has compiled an environmental management framework (EMF), which is an objective environmental study that takes into account environmental, socio economic and historical factors. Kungwini is also busy with an electricity, sewerage and roads master plan for the next five to ten years.

The new ward committee for ward 101 will see to it that these plans become available to the public.

For more information about the Mooiplaats power line's draft environmental impact assessment application, contact Stephanie Webber from Seedcracker Environmental Consulting at 082- 626-4117 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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