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Canadian mining company Robex Resources Inc. and Vivo Energy, Shell’s fuel distributor in Africa, have completed the installation of the hybrid solar power plant at the Nampala gold mine in Mali. The project includes a 3.9 MWp solar PV plant and a battery storage unit of 2.6 MWh.
The agreement for the solar and storage plant was signed in October 2020. The newly installed renewable facility will be fully integrated with the existing thermal power plant of the Nampala gold mine. The plant will supply solar power to the mine’s operation for 5 to 15 years.
Robex Resources owns and operates the gold mine located in the Niono Cercle, Ségou region. The plant is expected to reduce the carbon footprint of the mine by 60,000 tons over 10 years while making a material reduction in its cost of energy.
Stan Mittelman, CEO of Vivo Energy, commended the efforts of the team of Vivo Energy, Robex Resources, and Vivo’s EPC contractor, Sterling, and Wilson, who overcame the challenges and logistical complexities due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other socio-political situations, for delivering the project on budget.
Benjamin Cohen, CEO of Robex Resources, said, the company is proud to have introduced solar power into the Nampala mine and continues to contribute to the modernization of mining practices in Africa. The plant will further improve the mine’s profitability, reduce dependency on fossil fuels, and significantly improve the impact on the environment.
Robex Resources and Vivo have also signed an exclusivity agreement to develop a further hybrid solar and thermal power facility in the Kiniero gold mine in Guinea. The mine is owned by Sycamore Mining and is currently in the process of merging with Robex Resources following the completion of closing conditions and necessary approvals.