EIA, EMP and WULA for a 60 Year Ash Disposal Facility for the Kusile Power Station

Project Details

Client Eskom Holdings SOC Limited
Location Mpumalanga
Project Value R10 million
Completed October 2016

Project Description

Kusile Power Station is a coal-fired power station which Eskom is presently constructing between Bronkhorstspruit and Emalahleni in Mpumalanga as part of the expansion of its power generation fleet.

Kusile power station will consist of six 800 megawatt (MW) generating units with a total of 4 800 MW. The first generating unit is scheduled for completion by third quarter of 2016, followed by the completion of an additional unit every eight months.

Kusile power station currently has environmental authorisation for an ash disposal facility. This facility was authorised as part of the authorisation for the power station itself. However, when considering the power station operations for the next 60 years, a larger ash disposal facility is required for the power station operations.

The EIA identified, proposed and assessed feasible sites for locating the ash disposal, different technologies for the managing of ash disposal and various possible designs for disposal facilities.

A WULA has been undertaken, completed and submitted to the Department of Water and Sanitation. A Decision on the WUL is expected towards end of 2016.

Scope of Services

  • Project Management and Administration
  • Identification and evaluation of alternatives, including the Waste Hierarchy Evaluation and eventual site selection
  • Preliminary, conceptual, and detailed engineering designs for the waste facility
  • Stakeholder engagement (focus group and one on one meetings)
  • Identification, management and conducting of specialist studies
  • Assess the environmental, economic and social impacts on the construction, operation and decommissioning of the proposed substation
  • Compile an Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Management Plan
  • Compilation of Water Use Licence Application (WULA).