Client Gem Diamonds’ Ghaghoo mine
Power the development of a diamond mine
The early name given to Gem Diamonds’ Ghaghoo diamond mine was ‘Gope’, which literally translates as ‘nowhere’. The rich deposit of diamonds in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is surrounded by a vast expanse of sand and scrub.
Being so far from anywhere, it goes without saying that there was no electricity. So we were called in from day one – firstly, to power up the pre-construction camp, then to ramp things up for full construction and ongoing mine operation.
Project fact file
Carats of quality diamonds
Initial power supply
Follow-up power supply
Final power supply
A power plant that grew 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. So this is what we did for the Ghaghoo mine.
We started by supplying a 60 kVA generator to power the first camp on site. Then, as construction of the main camp and mine site began, we increased supply to 360 kVA. It wasn’t long before mine activities were in full swing and they needed a standalone 4.5 MW power plant, which we supplied with no problems.
the aggreko difference
We're fast and responsive in getting power to remote locations.
Only paying for the power they need
By renting power from us, Gem Diamonds always has just the right amount of 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. Gem Diamonds could focus on what it does best, leaving the power supply in our safe hands.
“We chose Aggreko based on their reputation in powering mining across Africa and because we wanted to avoid the capital outlay of buying our own power plant. With power taken care of, we could focus on our core activities.”