Mkango, a rare earth element (REE) mining company, intends to construct three solar photovoltaic (PV) plants with a total capacity of 25 MW at its Songwe Hill project in Malawi, aiming to provide sustainable electricity for mining operations.
The company’s first environmental, social, and governance (ESG) report emphasizes an energy and electricity consumption plan to minimize operational energy needs and mitigate negative impacts.
Mkango’s commitment extends to minimizing fossil fuel usage, as demonstrated in the Songwe Hill project’s lifecycle assessment, revealing that combining on-site acid regeneration with off-peak hydroelectric and solar PV energy yields the lowest global warming potential.
The company’s growth strategy includes the development of Songwe Hill, focusing on rare earth element production to meet the rising demand for electric vehicles and clean technologies.
Additionally, Mkango collaborates with Grupa Azoty Pulawy on an REE separation plant in Poland, emphasizing sustainable practices and exploring green technology opportunities in the rare earth supply chain.