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15 MW Essakane hybrid plant inaugurated in Burkina Faso

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 The 15 MW Essakane solar plant, in northern Burkina Faso, has been officially opened. The photovoltaic (PV) plant will supply electricity to Iamgold's Essakane gold mine. 

Caterpillar selected to help install solar PV system for Otjikoto

     10th November 2017 Gold producer B2Gold has selected capital equipment giant Caterpillar (Cat) and global industrial company Barloworld to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Otjikoto mine, Namibia, which will provide 7 MW of solar power to the mine. “For many years, B2Gold has relied on dependable,... 

Hybrid solar systems punted as the way forward for sub-Saharan Africa mines

By: Dylan Slater     13th October 2017 Factors such as limited and unreliable energy transmission and distribution grids, across many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, have created a dependency among large industrial and mining houses on diesel and heavy fuel oil (HFO) to provide a reliable energy supply, says renewable-energy... 

Building a landmark solar project in Namibia: B2Gold's story

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2017 B2Gold is moving forward with a landmark solar project which has significant bottom line and social license benefits for this leading gold producer. The 7 MW solar power plant is currently being installed at the company’s Otjikoto mine in Namibia with the aim of reducing the operation’s reliance... 

Barloworld to install 7 MW solar power installation at Namibia mine

By: Anine Kilian     28th August 2017 Gold producer B2Gold has appointed Caterpillar and Cat dealer Barloworld to supply a 7 MW solar power plant at the Otjikoto mine, in Namibia. The full system, including Cat photovoltaic (PV) solar modules and the Cat microgrid master controller (MMC), will be used to reduce reliance on a heavy... 

Wärtsilä to supply gold mine extension to Guinea

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2017 Technology group Wärtsilä is set to supply a power plant extension to AngloGold Ashanti's multiple openpit oxide gold mine in Siguiri, Guinea. The turnkey project will see the connection of three 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 32TS engines running on heavy fuel oil to the existing power plant at site. 

Renewables offer mines bottom line boost, stability

     3rd March 2017 juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin says mining companies can achieve a 2% to 3% gross profit benefit as a result of energy cost savings, should they replace diesel or heavy fuel oil (HFO) with solar power in pure self-consumption mode. 

Mines could reap significant savings by incorporating renewables into their energy mix

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Renewable-energy systems, including solar photovoltaic (PV) power, hold significant benefits for mining operations in sub-Saharan Africa, says renewable-energy solutions company juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin.  

Nersa sticks with maximum price methodology for gas after court victory 

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reports that it will continue to implement the maximum price methodology for piped gas, following a recent court ruling dismissing a move by large industrial gas users to have the 2013 approval of a Sasol Gas application under the methodology... 

Barrick sees ‘perfect storm’ brewing around cost-effective renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2016 Renewable-energy sources have reached the stage where they can reduce energy costs as well as emissions, Barrick Gold’s senior manager of energy and greenhouse gases (GHGs), Russell Blades, tells Energy and Mines. “We are seeing a ‘perfect storm’ brewing around renewables. Solar and energy... 

Power, co-generation and integrated energy solutions specialist

     12th February 2016 Energy will continue to be a highly sought-after commodity in Africa. Many companies help to address the continentís insatiable need for electricity, but not many have the ability to take a holistic approach and integrate their solutions with the electrical infrastructure of mines and other... 

Turkish powerships group says it could inject up to 2 000 MW into SA within 18 months 

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2015 Turkish floating power plant group Karpowership says it has identified several potential sites along South Africa’s coastline where it could berth or moor vessels with generating capacities of up to 500 MW, indicating that the sites are generally located near load centres in the Western and... 

Power generation now a ‘major focus’ for mines as fuel costs soar

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2014 Owing to the increasing cost of conventional fuels in the mining industry such as diesel, power generation is becoming a major focus for mining companies, says renewable-energy solutions company MCD director Manuel Duggal. MCD recently designed and supervised the installation of a new heavy fuel... 

Altaaqa Global Opens East Africa Office

     16th April 2014 The new Nairobi office will serve as a hub for Altaaqa Global’s sales and operations in the East Africa region Dubai-based Altaaqa Global CAT Rental Power, a global provider of temporary power solutions, has recently opened a branch in Nairobi, Kenya to serve the East Africa territory. The office... 

Infrastructure projects will increase future copper production

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th December 2013 The disruption in copper production in Central Africa over the past two years – the result of power failures, owing to the lack of infrastructure in the Copperbelt – has led to the construction of power plants in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, says research and consulting... 

Randgold profit up 80% despite 3% drop in gold price

By: Leandi Kolver     7th November 2013 Africa-focused miner Randgold Resources’ profit increased by 80% quarter-on-quarter to $97.5-million during the three months ended September, despite a 3% drop in the average gold price, owing to strong performance at its flagship Loulo-Gounkoto complex in Mali. However, the drop in the average... 

Expanding Kinross Gold’s Mauritania mine to cost $2.7bn

By: Henry Lazenby     29th April 2013 Canadian gold miner Kinross Gold on Monday released results of a prefeasibility study (PFS) to expand its Tasiast gold mine, in Mauritania, by adding a 38 000 t/d mill at a cost of about $2.7-billion. Kinross said the PFS was based on constructing a new 30 000 t/d mill at Tasiast using heavy fuel... 

Federal government backs Gove plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st March 2013 Federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson gave reassurances this week that the government was committed to assisting mining giant Rio Tinto keep its Gove alumina refinery, in the Northern Territory, operational. The refinery found itself on shaky ground at the end of last year, as a... 

Engen to meet big portion of Moz mining projects’ 300Mℓ/y fuel demand

By: Natalie Greve     14th September 2012 Engen Mozambique has been awarded a significant share of commercial tenders as major new mining projects come on-stream in Mozambique, which, collectively, are expected to consume up to 300-million litres of diesel a year and five-million litres of lubricants a year by 2015. 


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