The solar farm and storage system that Centamin wants to install at the Sukari gold mine are following a strategy that mining companies are increasingly relying on: reducing carbon emissions and project operating costs through renewable energy.
Mining company Centamin wants to build a 36 MW solar power plant and install a 7.5 MWh energy storage system at the Sukari gold mine in Egypt. To achieve this, it has awarded engineering, procurement and construction contracts to juwi AG and Giza Systems.
According to details released on May 4 by Centamin, Giza Systems will install the solar power plant to be designed by juwi. The latter will then integrate the solar power plant and the energy storage battery system into the diesel power plant currently in use in Sukari. It should be noted that the investment required for the entire project is estimated at $37 million.
According to Centamin, the solar farm and battery system will reduce 22 million litres of diesel annually, saving $9 million to $13 million. This will also lead to a reduction in CO2 about 60,000 tonnes per year. These various improvements are expected to be initiated with the commissioning of new facilities, scheduled for the end of the first half of 2022.
As a reminder, Sukari produced 104,047 ounces of gold in the first quarter of 2021 and is targeting 400 to 430,000 ounces for the full year.
Source: Agence Ecofin