Democratic Republic of Congo
Powering a remote mine from scratch
The challenge of supplying power to the greenfield land started before any development could happen. Twangiza open pit gold mine in the South Kivu province of DRC is surrounded by a vast expanse of mountains.
Given the annual rainfall level and topography, it was a good spot for a hydropower system. But to avoid such an investment, we were called as a suitable alternative – firstly, to power up the pre-construction camp, then to ramp things up for full construction and ongoing mine operation.
Project fact file
Initial power supply
Final power supply
A power plant that ramped up with the site
Our rental equipment is easy to set up – even if it’s in the middle of nowhere. Given the simplicity, it’s also very easy to scale. Our teams take care of everything. So this is what we did for the Twangiza mine.
We started by supplying a 500 kVA generator to power the first camp on site. It was only a few months long before mine activities were in full swing and they needed a standalone 8 MW power plant, which we supplied in due time.
THE AGGREKO DIFFERENCE
We get to remote locations quickly and come back when you need more power
Paying for the power they need without investing
By renting power from us, Banro started operating the site quickly with a reliable power. Renting eliminates the need for large capital expenditure. And, because our power supply is matched to the mine’s fluctuating requirements over its entire lifecycle, mine operators know they are only ever paying for the power they need.
Another benefit of renting power is that maintenance is built into the contract. Banro could focus on what it does best, leaving the power supply in our safe hands.
"By using a specialized rental power provider such as Aggreko, it allowed us to focus on our core activities, secure in the knowledge our power supply was in expert hands."