Client Bisha Mining Share Company / Nevsun
Location Eritrea, Africa
Power a remote mine and lower power costs
Our customer needed to lower their power costs to profitably convert their gold mining operations in copper and zinc. They were happy with the reliability of our containerised, mobile and modular diesel plant but were looking for ways to reduce their fuel costs.
They had been approached by 3rd party solar developers offering a lower cost of energy but they did not want to commit to a 20-year contract. They were also concerned about how solar intermittency could impact the reliability of the power station and who would ultimately be held responsible and accountable for their electricity supply. Having two different power suppliers did not seem ideal.
Project fact file
Footprint of solar station
Solar power capacity
Produced by generators
One-stop for customer’s power, thanks to our solar/thermal integration
We offered our customer an integrated solar / thermal hybrid solution to keep it simple and wrapped everything into a single contract, with added power guarantees for peace of mind. Our customer did not have to find CAPEX to invest in the solar plant: they buy solar energy per kWh. Our unique solar / diesel hybrid solution delivers more than 12% savings on fuel – with around 10,000 litres being saved each and every day.
We provided our reliable solar and thermal power, integrated by our cutting-edge software, to ensure a reliable source of power for our customer – with costs lowered from the very first day.
The Aggreko difference
Reliable power and a cleaner future
Cheaper, reliable power - with lower emissions
With no upfront costs required for the solar plant, our customer can conserve their capital for their mining operation, save on their energy costs by displacing diesel fuel with cheaper solar power and improve their environmental impact by cutting carbon emissions by 10,000 tonnes annually.
“Being in a remote location meant that finding a reliable power supply was a critical factor; however, Aggreko's lead time and modular flexibility fitted with our planning production schedule.”