The 36MW solar farm and 7.5MW battery storage system, which will be constructed in Egypt, is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2022. The hybrid power plant will also reduce emissions of the existing diesel power station.
The Cape Town-based subsidiary of German renewable energy specialist juwi, signed an agreement with Sukari Gold Mines to design, supply, build and integrate a solar battery hybrid power plant for Egypt’s largest gold mine.
Centamin owns and operates the mine in partnership with the Egyptian Government.
Dave Manning, Director Global Hybrid at juwi, said: “We look forward to assisting Centamin to reduce carbon emissions and cost of power to the Sukari Gold Mine. This global flagship project highlights significant benefits that African mines can unlock with solar battery hybrid solutions powered with juwi Hybrid IQ.”
The benefits of the hybrid power solution at Sukari include:
- Reducing diesel consumption by an estimated 22 million litres-e per year;
- Lowering carbon emissions by an estimated 60,000 tCO2-e per every year;
- Reduction of all-in sustaining costs;
- Reduced exposure to fuel price volatility; and
- Increased reliability of the power system.
Amiram Roth-Deblon, Director Global Business Initiatives at juwi, comments: “The collaboration with Centamin and its forward-looking expert advisors has been crucial for the closure of the project. We are glad also to work with our Egyptian construction partner Giza Systems to deliver this groundbreaking project.”
Stephan Hansen, COO and board member of juwi, adds: “The mining industry accounts for 10% of the global energy consumption and many minerals play a vital role for the energy transition. We are glad to support the resource industry on their de-carbonisation pathway with our dependable solar, wind and battery solutions”.
With Sukari, juwi will provide a new benchmark of power systems for mines in Africa and internationally.