With the energy transition in mining having been topical at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, advisory firm Deloitte participated in discussions such as self-generation opportunities available for mining companies, amid issues of local energy supply.
“The ability to self-generate up to 100 MW is important for mining companies, as it gives them greater reliability of energy supply at a reduced cost, and can also potentially help to reduce their carbon footprint,” says Deloitte energy, resources and industrials leader Andrew Lane.
Self-generation initiatives can be effectively implemented by adequately understanding financial, technical and project management considerations.
Lane tells Mining Weekly that the energy transition was a prevalent topic as mining companies run energy-intensive operations, and produce commodities that are important for the energy transition.
The firm participated in discussions regarding financing the future of energy in Africa, as well as
discussions about battery metals and their role in the energy transition; the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution; environmental, social and corporate governance performance in mining; and recycling in mining.
The firm was a silver sponsor at the Indaba and company representatives spoke on the main stage and facilitated a Ministerial symposium the Sunday before the event.
“Discussion highlights were, for me, the energy transition, the economy and materials of the future. I think the Indaba was a successful endeavour for us; we achieved our aims and we will return next year,” he concludes.