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Client Xstrata Coa

Location New South Wales, Australia

Sectors Mining

The challenge

Extra power to commission the mine on time

What happens when your site is ready but power isn't? This was the problem for Xstrata's latest open-cut coal mine in the Hunter Region of New South Wales. During construction, grid connection fell behind schedule, and generators they'd relied on so far couldn't supply enough power to commission the mine on time. With delivery contracts already in place, they needed extra power as soon as possible to avoid missing crucial deadlines.

Project fact file

16 MW

Baseload power across the project

2 MW

For pumping water from the nearby river

4 MW

Powering motors for coal conveyor system

24/7

Onsite support from our technicians

The solution

Creating a scalable, temporary power plant

We get the job done fast, but we also ask the right questions – so we know we're supporting our customers' businesses in the best way possible. In the case of the Mangoola coal mine, we realised that while extra power was the top priority, they were also going to need a much bigger power source later on. Why not solve both problems together? Instead of just bringing in a few more generators, we brought all the existing power sources together to create one central, onsite power station. The beauty of this was that you could add to it over time, so as the mine grew, the power station would too. It was fast, but also future-proof. And reliable – our technical team was on hand to operate the power plant 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with extra support from the nearby Aggreko depot in Newcastle. 

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We think ahead and take a proactive approach.

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The impact

On time, on budget and prepped for the future

Thanks to the new onsite power station the mine not only opened on time, but cut power costs as well. By centralising control of the power supply, the onsite team could match supply to demand, so the mine had plenty of power at peak times, but saved money when the site was less active. The result was a huge leap in fuel efficiency across the business. 

"Aggreko was highly proactive in bringing a solution that addressed the issues we were facing during the early phases of the Mangoola project. The quality and reliability of the power solution they provided was first class."

Scott Elliot Project Manager ,
Mangoola Coal, Xstrata

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