African Mining and Renewables Summit Launched – July 1-2 Hilton, Johannesburg

Mining operators across Africa are facing severe energy shortages and price hikes and actively exploring new solutions including renewables to power off-grid and grid-connected operations. In this environment, the relevancy and urgency for mining and renewables decision-makers to meet and understand the potential for addressing mining’s power crisis in Africa cannot be understated.

Energy and Mines is delighted to announce the next high-caliber Summit for mining and energy will take place on July 1-2 at the Hilton Johannesburg. Following the tremendous success of last year’s inaugural Renewables and Mining Summit & Exhibition in Johannesburg, this year’s event will have a more pan-African focus and bring together senior mining executives with operations in Southern, Western, Eastern and Central Africa with international renewable energy experts to discuss the sector’s power crisis and next steps.

Hatch and SunEdison are the Principal Sponsors of this Summit and NRG and Siemens are Main Sponsors. “The power crisis for mines in Africa has worsened significantly in the last 6 months and so this is the time for mining and renewables to have an open dialogue about how to address the strategic and operational challenges around power supply and security,” comments Adrienne Baker, Director, Energy and Mines.

With South Africa facing the worst electricity crisis in decades, major mining houses including Sibanye, Gold Fields, AngloGold Ashanti, Anglo American Platinum and ArcelorMittal are looking at renewables options including solar, wind and biomass. Mining operations in Ghana, Zambia, DRC and Tanzania are also looking to secure their energy supplies after being forced to curtail production or, in some cases, close operations due to power shortages.

With low commodity pricing, remote mines are facing increased pressure to reduce operational costs and are moving forward with diesel abatement strategies including renewables integration. New mining operations in the region are also beginning to consider renewables in the design phase when life of mine is not an inhibitor to long-term power contracts. All of these topics will be covered in-depth at the Summit which will provide detailed case studies from remote and grid-tied mines integrating renewables.

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Registration is now open for the Summit.

For further details, contact Energy and Mines at +1 613 627 2787 or adrienne.baker@energyandmines.com