Client Bisha Mining Share Company / Nevsun

Location Eritrea, Africa

Sectors Mining

The challenge 

Power a remote mine that’s off the grid

To get to the Bisha mines, head west from the Red Sea and drive a further five hours from Asmara through a dusty and arid landscape until you get to the middle of nowhere. Needless to say there’s not much in the way of a national grid out here. 

But Bisha Mining Share Company (BMSC) had faith that the mine could become a poster child for Eritrean economic growth and development. All they needed was a reliable source of power that could grow with them as they expanded. They gave us a call because they knew we had a reputation for going anywhere, anytime to deliver power.

Project fact file

200 MW

Power supplied

300 km

Distance from the Red Sea

The solution

20 MW of power with flexible capabilities

BMSC bought us in at the ground level to plan their short- and long-term power requirements. We estimated they would need 20 MW of power to support a fully operational site. We did a feasibility study and then designed, mobilised and commissioned the 20 MW power package on their behalf. 

The power package is the only source of power until a permanent supply is established, so our technicians man the site 24 hours a day to ensure steady, reliable power to the mine’s operations.

the aggreko difference

We get to remote locations quickly and work fast to install your power needs.

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The impact

No capital expenditure thanks to rental power

The mine was powered and operational in a short time frame with proceeds flowing back into the economy. Locals benefited not only from a new venture that poured money into their community and infrastructure, but from the opportunity to be employed and trained at the mine. 

By contracting us, BMSC was able to include the power costs as part of the mine’s monthly operating expenses rather than paying for a permanent power package through capital expenditure.

“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.”

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