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GoviEx Uranium has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Canadian energy developer Windiga Energy to jointly evaluate the feasibility of powering the company’s flagship Madaouela project using hybrid solar power solutions in Niger.

Initial discussions and collaboration between the two companies will target energy solutions with the intent to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 20,000 tons per annum and provide sustainable, renewable power at approximately 25% lower cost than traditional coal-fired options currently available in the country.

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GoviEx has requested that Windiga determine the feasibility of a solution to power the Madaouela Project and the surrounding local community through a hybrid power plant combining solar PV panels and diesel generators with total installed capacity of at least 20MW.

Under the terms of the MOU, following a favourable result from a feasibility study, GoviEx will have an opportunity to negotiate a power purchase agreement for the priority supply of electricity for an initial term of 21 years, extendible at the request of GoviEx.

The company’s chairman, Govind Friedland, commented: “We are pleased to begin exploring cleaner energy alternatives to power our future development activities in partnership with Windiga. The benefits of renewable, lower-cost energy are obvious, and we look forward to updating our stakeholders on the results of these studies.”