African focused energy access and renewable energy company, CrossBoundary Energy, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Grande Côte Opérations (GCO), a subsidiary of the Eramet Group for the construction of a 13 MW hybrid solar power station with 8 MW battery storage.
“We are excited to announce this MOU as the start of our long-term partnership with Grande Côte Operations Mineral Sands,” said Matthew Fredericks, Director of Business Development for Mining, CrossBoundary Energy.
CrossBoundary Energy will design, build and operate the plant, which will generate all the renewable energy for GCO through a 15-year distribution contract.
“CrossBoundary Energy’s flexible, fast, all-equity funded approach and implementation partner juwi’s international track record in hybrid power system construction for mines are the ideal combination to deliver this complex project. We look forward to getting to work alongside GCO’s team on the next phase,” added Matthew Fredericks of CrossBoundary Energy.
The hybrid solar system to reduce GCO’s carbon footprint
The hybrid solar energy system will be located at the Diogo industrial site, north-western Senegal. The solar power facility is scheduled to be commissioned in early 2023 and will supply power for GCO’s production of mineral sands. The system is set to help improve GCO’s carbon footprint and reinforce its ISO 50001 approach.
“The clean, renewable and available energy from this hybrid plant will contribute to GCO’s environmental and economic performance. The environmental value of the titanium and zircon raw materials that GCO produces will be positively impacted. This concrete commitment to low-carbon energy reflects the values and ambition of the GCO and Eramet Group teams to provide solutions to the vital climate challenge and to living well together,” said Guillaume Kurek, CEO of Grande Côte Operations.
According to GCO, the development reinforces the company’s commitment to the climate, in line with that of the Eramet Group, which has set itself the objective (Science Based Targets – SBT) of reducing the CO2 emissions (scope 1 and 2) of its activities by 40% by 2035 (based on 2019).