AFDB POWER EXPERT TO EXPLORE POWER ALTERNATIVES
New mining operations in Africa are being discovered in the most remote and isolated regions on the continent where grid power is unavailable – making power one of the biggest constraints to delivering and maintaining sustainable operations in these areas.
With the cost of diesel generator fuel steadily increasing, renewable energy alternatives are becoming increasingly attractive as costs continue to reduce.
the mining industry now finds itself in a position where it has to consider cost-effective, environment-friendly solutions that ensure not only the sustainability of its operations, but improves the mines’ social licence to operate, especially through community infrastructure upliftment, during operations and post.”
The industry is already showing signs of embracing this technology and overcoming challenges to make it work, “a good example is B2Gold’s Otjikoto mine in Namibia successfully delivering a solar power plant and Resolute Mining looking to deliver similar success at its Syama project in Mali.”
The African Development Bank’s Chief Regional Power Systems Officer, Anders Cajus Pedersen has already confirmed his participation in the live expert broadcast, during which the public can engage with the expert panel and ask questions. The webinar is a co-production between the leading mining and energy trade journals and portals