Chinese inverter solution supplier for renewables, Sungrow, has been contracted by juwi to supply inverters and a battery energy storage system (BESS) for the 36 MW off-grid solar plant at Sukari gold mine operated by Centamin in Egypt.
The battery energy storage system (BESS) will have a 7.5MW energy storage capacity. The company will also supply a 1,500V 6.25MW PV inverter solution.
The project is located near the Red Sea, facing the challenge of scorching heat and high corrosion. The facility will be the largest solar-plus-storage plant located at a mining site, significantly accelerating the energy transition for the minerals sector in the MENA region.
The project is scheduled to be commissioned in the first half of 2022. It will cut the mine’s diesel consumption by approximately 20 to 22 million liters per year and thus offset between 53,000 and 60,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. The solar-plus-storage microgrid installation will enable Centamin to tangibly reduce its mine’s electricity bills, as the operator will partially shift away from fuel, which is often volatile in price.
“We’re excited to support the decarbonization of the mining industry and drive down energy costs for our customers. We are delighted to partner with entities such as Sungrow to unlock long-term benefits for all our stakeholders,” said Amiram Roth-Deblon, Director Global Business Initiatives at juwi AG, the EPC company.
“We would love to provide the best of environmental sustainability with cutting-edge PV and storage portfolio as a pivotal player in the industry. The solar-plus-storage microgrid solution is also an ideal solution for regions with power outages or high power demand,” said Alvin Shi, Managing Director of Sungrow MENA region.
A growing number of mining companies with African operations are making significant headway to cut their electricity costs through deploying renewable energy to meet their energy needs. Mining companies like Zimplats, Gold Fields, Royal Bafokeng Platinum etc. are some of the mining companies that have announced renewable energy projects for their operations. Renewable energy makes sense for miners as it also enables them to reduce the environmental impact of their daily operations.