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(Miningreview.com) Nevsun Resources signs innovative hybrid solar/diesel power contract for Bisha mine

Posted by: Biniam Tekle

Date: Thursday, 04 May 2017


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4 May 2017

Nevsun Resources signs innovative hybrid solar/diesel power contract for Bisha mine

Nevsun Resources as signed a long-term power agreement with Aggreko to supply the Bisha mine in Eritrea with a combination of diesel and solar power.

Aggreko will install a solar plant at site with a capacity of 7 MW to compliment 22 MW of diesel power generation at the Nevsun Resources mine.

The innovative power contract is the first of its kind for Aggreko in Africa and will be one of the largest solar installations in Eritrea. The solar/diesel hybrid combines the benefits of renewable energy with the reliability of diesel to supply power to the Bisha mine.

“Nevsun Resources is pleased to partner with Aggreko on this innovative arrangement in an effort to reduce our ecological footprint in the country while lowering our operating costs and ensuring we maintain a reliable power source given the mine’s remote location,´ comments Nevsun vice-president of corporate social responsibility, Todd Romaine.

“Bisha should begin reaping the benefits of solar power as early as October 2017.”

“We’re delighted to be chosen by Nevsun Resources to power their mining operations in Eritrea,” says Aggreko’s CEO, Chris Weston.

“Technology never stands still, and neither do we. Our mobile, modular power enables us to make a massive difference to the communities and industries we serve, and our solar-diesel hybrid offering is an example of an innovation that brings cost-effective, reliable, uninterrupted power with additional fuel flexibility to customers.”

Aggreko’s solar/diesel hybrid power package combines cost-effectiveness and green renewable energy with the reliability of diesel-generated power to provide uninterrupted power round the clock.

The company has designed innovative power plans for more than five decades, across multiple industries and in diverse locations around the world, and brings this wide knowledge to bear on every new project their project planners are asked to consider.

Feature image credit: Nevsun Resources

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