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Solar PV project construction starts at Burkina Faso gold mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th June 2017 The groundbreaking ceremony of the new 15 MWp photovoltaic (PV) power plant, which will supply power to Canadian midtier mining company Iamgold’s Essakane S.A. gold mine, in Burkina Faso, was held last month at the site. The power plant is owned by global renewable-energy independent power... 

Antimicrobial tech could bolster copper beneficiation

By: Nica Schreuder     2nd June 2017 Nonprofit organisation promoting copper use in Africa the Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) is negotiating the use of antimicrobial copper technology at healthcare clinics in copper-rich African countries, which could aid the continent’s beneficiation goals. The initiative, launched in... 

Wheeling touted as viable option for mines facing electricity supply challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th October 2016 While mining operations require reliable power on a continuous basis, whether in remote locations, or in developed areas, load-shedding, poor quality power and weak grids are forcing mines to consider alternative sources of electrical energy. Consequently, juwi South Africa MD Greg Austin... 

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... 

Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The dramatic fall in the cost of supplying power from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) plants has moved the global electricity supply industry beyond a critical “tipping point”, which leading energy scientist Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz says is irreversibly altering the operating model, with... 

Zambia unlikely to regain copper supremacy until prices recover, power constraints are overcome

By: Ilan Solomons     8th July 2016 Zambia is unlikely to reclaim its position as the largest producer of copper in Africa until prices improve and its power constraint challenges are overcome, says professional services firm KPMG Zambia director Michael Phiri. Zambia produced 711 515 t of copper in 2015 and currently ranks eighth... 

Hybrid power solution aimed at African mining industry

By: Dylan Slater     12th February 2016 Contrary to popular belief, a power solution incorporating renewable-energy solutions and diesel generators does exist and has been developed particularly for the mining industry, especially miners operating in regions with high average solar-peak yields, says renewable-energy solutions company... 

Hybrid power plant reduces mine’s operational costs

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Energy solutions provider Cronimet Mining Power Solutions’ first megawatt-scale, solar-diesel hybrid power plant, at the Cronimet Chrome South Africa Thabazimbi openpit chromium mine, in Limpopo, has significantly reduced the mine’s diesel consumption, allowing for more effective energy... 

In solar for mines size does not always matter Reducing CAPEX with energy efficiency and load shifting

     4th September 2015 Mining companies are constantly gaining interest in solar solutions because frequently solar energy is more cost competitive than conventional energy solutions – above all in remote locations that are not grid connected. CRONIMET Mining Power Solutions GmbH has built a first solar-diesel-hybrid... 

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     21st May 2015 The power crises in South African, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique are tipping the balance towards renewables in many African markets. The energy problems confronting grid-tied mines in Africa are profound and growing. “We don’t think cost will be a problem by the time we implement... 

Renewable energy shown to rein in energy costs at off-grid mines in SA

By: Henry Lazenby     9th May 2014 A study recently published by the Sir Richard Branson-founded Carbon War Room had found that by implementing renewable energy generation solutions into mining and big-industry projects in South Africa, especially at those located off-grid, companies stand to rein in energy costs and hedge against... 

Six Cronimet projects progress to next South African IPP round

By: Henry Lazenby     10th March 2014 Mining and energy solutions firm Cronimet Mining were recently selected to proceed to the next round of approval for independent power producers (IPPs) to bring six 5 MW South African projects on line. Should Cronimet receive approval to bring 30 MW of production capacity on line, and combined... 

Resources-for-energy could help juniors seize renewable power opportunities

By: Henry Lazenby     30th September 2013 A global mining and energy solutions firm is offering miners the opportunity to swap resources for electricity, which could potentially open the door to juniors seizing the opportunity to introduce renewable power at their projects without carrying the burden of financing, engineering,... 

1 MW PV plant to be built at Limpopo mine 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     10th August 2012 South African photovoltaic engineering, procurement and construction company Solea Renewables will start construction of the first off-grid, utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) plant in Southern Africa at a chrome mine near Thabazimbi next week. The 1 MW plant at Cronimet Chrome Mining’s Thaba mine,... 

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