Gold Fields has opened its $112 million hybrid renewable project at the Agnew gold mine in Goldfields, Western Australia.
Global distributed energy producer EDL has switched on its 23 megawatt power station that integrates four megawatts photovoltaic solar with 16 megawatts gas and three megawatts diesel generation, to power the Agnew mine.
It will also incorporate other renewable energy technologies in stage two of the project.
EDL chief executive James Harman said the two companies are leading the way towards clean, renewable energy to power remote, off-grid mining operations without compromising reliability or power quality.
Gold Fields executive vice president, Australasia Stuart Mathews added the company was hopeful this would enable other companies to consider the options for decarbonising their operations.
“This is a significant milestone for both the Agnew gold mine and the broader Gold Fields Group, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to strengthening our energy security, optimising energy costs and reducing our carbon footprint through the adoption of new technologies,” Mathews said.
The McGowan Government is supportive of mining companies that are embracing renewable energy solutions, particularly when it helps reduce their carbon emissions, according to Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy and Industrial Relations Bill Johnston.
“This innovative, Australian-first project is setting the standard for mine sites throughout Western Australia,” he says.
The second stage of the project, which is backed by a $13.5 million funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, will include 18 megawatts wind generation, a 13 megawatt battery and an advanced micro-grid control system.
This is under construction and due for completion mid-next year. Once completed, the project will provide the Agnew mine with more than 50 per cent renewable energy over the next 10 years.