“Not solely specializing in the underside line but additionally incorporating softer, strategic targets clearly paid off“
Mines on the continent are beginning to embrace hybrid energy vegetation, in response to the most recent version of Mining Elites in Africa.
The energy tasks at two gold mines in Mali and at Ivanhoe’s Kamoa-Kakula copper improvement within the DRC have been chosen within the annual publication as stand-out examples of creating an actual distinction within the business, and particularly of how mining firms are more and more creating their very own, greener sources of much-needed electrical energy.
Mining Elites in Africa 2021 launched this week and is revealed by a sister publication of ESI Africa, Mining Review Africa, main journal and digital platform within the African mining business.
“This yr we selected to give attention to mining firms who, by means of an especially troublesome time, have made a distinction, for their very own sustainability and on an excellent larger stage, to the international locations wherein they function and the economies they contribute to,” says Laura-Jane Cornish, Editor-in-Chief of Mining Review Africa.
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Why mines are more and more adopting renewable vitality
Industry specialists agree that the African mining business rose to the event throughout 2020 with many firms implementing pro-active responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, whereas others impressed with revolutionary technological feats that not solely assisted within the longevity of their operations, but additionally to their contribution to the native communities.
“Not solely specializing in the underside line but additionally incorporating softer, strategic targets clearly paid off,” says Cornish.
“Print is much from lifeless”
A 128-page shiny version out there in print and digital format, it options dozens of unique management profiles with business pioneers and challenge updates.
The Mining Elites in Africa 2021 additionally acquired important monetary assist from the business which is a testomony to the publication’s robust model and its personal potential to flourish throughout occasions which have seen many commerce and mainstream media titles go underneath.
“Let it’s recognized”, says Cornish, “that print is much from lifeless, as our Mining Elites in Africa 2021 has confirmed!”
Mali within the lead
In the publication’s class of “Power Design and Delivery,” a deliberate 36MW photo voltaic plant with 92,000 photo voltaic panels will guarantee a extra secure energy provide at B2Gold’s Fekola mine in Mali. The mine ranks as one of many largest gold mines in Africa, producing round 600,000 ouncesof gold in 2020.
It is at the moment primarily powered by three Heavy Fuel Oil turbines. The photo voltaic challenge will embody a big battery storage part of 17MW, is costing roughly $38-million and can lead to one of many largest off-grid hybrid photo voltaic/HFO vegetation on the planet.
Hybrid energy vegetation
According to Mining Elites in Africa, these hybrid energy vegetation on mines on the continent already in existence are prone to be outshone by a brand new hybrid plant on the Syama gold mine, additionally in Mali, which guarantees to be essentially the most subtle and largest but seen at an African mine.
The Resolute Mining challenge will set up one built-in energy answer, combining photo voltaic, battery and thermal technology applied sciences whereas decreasing carbon emissions by about 20%.
Syama mine is extremely automated and produced 243,000 ouncesof gold in FY2019 and is at the moment equipped with energy by a 28MW energy station based mostly on diesel turbines, an answer which is dear and much from perfect from an environmental perspective. The new plant, in contrast, will likely be extremely environment friendly whereas additionally decreasing the mine’s energy prices by roughly 40%.
Power copper manufacturing in DRC
Ivanhoe’s ambition to grow to be the world’s “greenest” copper miner drew nearer with Kamoa-Kakula’s plan to attract its electrical energy from three current hydropower vegetation within the DRC with a mixed capability of 200MW.
The mining challenge close to Kolwezi within the southern DRC may finally grow to be the second largest copper mining complicated on the planet, second solely to…