Gold Fields to invite solar power tenders for South Deep
Author: Martin Creamer
Gold mining company Gold Fields is to invite tenders for a photovoltaic power installation at its South Deep gold mine, west of Johannesburg.
A report in Energy and Mines states that the JSE- and NYSE-listed company, already out on an expression of interest, will on Monday invite proposals for a 40 MW on-site photovoltaic system with option for energy storage. Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland, in recent presentations at Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg and the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in Sydney, revealed that a study of solar solutions was under way aimed at putting renewable energy at the disposal of the South Deep mine, which has a 50-year horizon ahead of it.
Besides South Deep, its only South African mine, Gold Fields has seven operating mines in Ghana, Peru and Australia and the proposed South Deep solar project is one of the key recommendations of a review of its energy security plans across all its operations, to evaluate the potential for the further adoption of renewable energy.
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