juwi to build world’s largest battery-powered hybrid power plant for Egypt’s largest gold mine
Cape-based subsidiary of German renewable energy specialist juwi AG has signed an agreement with Sukari Gold Mines to design, supply, build and integrate a solar-powered hybrid power plant for Egypt’s largest gold mine. Centamin plc owns and operates the mine in partnership with the Egyptian government. The hybrid plant is expected to be operational in the second quarter of next year, after which juwi will take over the operation and maintenance of the plant.
“We look forward to helping Centamin reduce carbon emissions and the cost of energy from the Sukari gold mine. This global flagship project highlights the significant benefits that African mines can unlock with hybrid solar battery solutions powered by juwi Hybrid IQ, ” Dave Manning, director of Global Hybrid at juwi, said.
The juwi designed solar system maximized production with bifacial photovoltaic modules and a single axis tracking system, taking advantage of the high irradiance at the site. The Juwi Hybrid IQ micro-grid technology will enable the integration of the solar and battery system into the existing off-grid grid and support the operation of the existing power plant. The benefits of Sukari’s hybrid power solution include:
- Reduce diesel consumption by around 22 million e-liters per year;
- Reduce carbon emissions by around 60,000 tCO2-e per year;
- Reduction of all maintenance costs;
- Reduced exposure to fuel price volatility;
- Increased reliability of the power system.
“Our proven track record of hybrid designs and delivering projects to sites with some of the best solar resources in the world enables our customers to reduce cash operating costs with optimized throughput and reliability. The collaboration with Centamin and its forward-looking expert advisers was crucial in bringing the project to a close. We are also happy to work with our Egyptian construction partner Giza Systems to achieve this revolutionary project. I would like to thank the whole team for their contribution, ” Amiram Roth-Deblon, director of global business initiatives at juwi, comments.
“The mining industry represents 10% of global energy consumption and many minerals play an essential role in the energy transition. We are happy to support the resource industry on its path to decarbonization with our reliable solar, wind and battery solutions ”. Stephan Hansen, COO and member of the board of directors of juwi AG, adds.
juwi has already achieved remarkable success for mining customers around the world with the first hybrid battery project at the DeGrussa copper mine. This was followed by Agnew Gold in 2019 and five other large-scale hybrid projects currently under construction: Esperance, Pan African Resources, Jacinth Ambrosia, Jabiru and Gruyere. With Sukari, juwi will provide a new benchmark in electrical systems for mines in Africa and internationally.
Since the company was founded in 1996, juwi has, in total, built more than 5,400 MW of wind and solar projects in more than 25 countries.