Impala Platinum has announced its plans to build a solar energy plant with a capacity of over 100 MW at its platinum group metals operations in the North West province.
The company, a subsidiary of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Implats, has invited experienced engineering, procurement, and construction firms to participate in a request-for-information process for the construction and operation of the solar plant at its Rustenburg operations.
The deadline for submissions is July 31, and the plant will be located on land within Impala’s mining lease and will be connected to its electrical network.
This move comes as Impala aims to address power constraints and work towards its commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, with a 30% reduction in carbon emissions target by 2030.
The adoption of renewable electricity will be crucial in achieving these goals and mitigating electricity supply disruptions for the group’s largest consumer, the Impala Rustenburg operation.