Shoney Wind completed an ornithology services contract for the Inyanda Roodeplaat proposed wind farm, Eastern Cape, South Africa for Inyanda Energy Projects (Pty) Ltd.
In collaboration with Ecology Consulting, Shoney Wind completed a review of baseline data and data collection methods, and carried out quantitative collision risk modelling as part of an ornithological impact assessment for the client. The key species of concern were Verreaux’s Eagle and Martial Eagle. The team drew on international experience to assess different layout proposals and advised on future ornithological monitoring methods of the project. The client was extremely satisfied with the outputs of the work which pulled together a variety of historical survey and impact assessment reports on the project, identified data uncertainties and advised on how to plug those gaps going forward.
Nathalie Stevenson said ‘This was a challenging contract as it included due diligence on the previous work carried out for the project. Shoney Wind could not simply repackage previous consultants survey results and produce another impact assessment which challenged the previous findings. Instead we carried out site visits with the former consultants and worked with the previous consultants to delve deeply into their raw field data to extract valuable information gathered in the field but not included in previous reports. Shoney Wind and Ecology Consulting utilised internationally recognised assessment practices, including those of Birdlife South Africa to produce a comprehensive report ready for submission to regulators.’
Hylton Newcombe the client project manager gave feedback of 10/10 for the services and stated ‘Inyanda Energy Projects (Pty) Ltd were duly impressed with SWL’s professionalism and knowledge base toward investigating and providing well researched objective responses to the study at hand. A field which is new in South Africa surrounding the renewable industry, hence SWL’s expertise were highly sought after.’