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AEMP and Total Eren team up with Nordgold to build a 13 MW solar + storage power station at its Burkina Faso mines.


22 October 2019

London, United Kingdom, 22 October 2019 - Nord Gold SE (“Nordgold” or the “Company”), the internationally diversified gold producer, has entered into an exclusive agreement with Total Eren, Independent Power Producer (IPP) specialised in renewable energies and Africa Energy Management Platform (AEMP), its strategic development partner (the “Consortium”) to construct a 13 MW Solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant. The new power station will provide 100% renewable energy to Nordgold’s Bissa and Bouly mines in Burkina Faso.

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Nordgold to Build Solar Power Station at Burkina Faso Mines

AEMP and its strategic partner Total Eren have entered into an exclusive agreement with Nordgold to construct a 13 MW Solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant complemented by a Battery Energy Storage System. The new power station will provide 100% renewable energy to Nordgold’s Bissa and Bouly mines in Burkina Faso.

Construction of the power plant will begin shortly, with completion expected in the fourth quarter of 2020. The new Solar PV will provide Bissa and Bouly with power for both mines’ daily operational needs, thereby significantly reducing reliance on the existing thermal power plant. In addition to significantly enhancing the environmental sustainability of the mines, the solar plant will increase security of supply, and reduce costs at both mines.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Consortium will develop, finance, construct and operate the solar PV plant, which is expected to reduce the mines fuel consumption by approximately 6.4 million liters and CO2 emission by approximately 18,000 tonnes per year. The project will also create employment opportunities for the local community.
IAMGOLD’s Essakane solar project wins the prestigious TSM Excellence Award


30th April 2019

The Mining Association of Canada has awarded IAMGOLD’s Essakane Project with its prestigious Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Excellence Awards in recognition of their innovative sustainability projects. The company was presented the awards yesterday at the CIM Awards Gala in Montreal.

Essakane Solar, a project led by IAMGOLD, highlights how miners can form innovative working relationships with like-minded partners to help transform sustainability ideas into action. This project was entirely developed, constructed and financed by AEMP and its strategic partner Total Eren.

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MAC’s 2019 TSM Excellence Award Winners Celebrate Extraordinary Environmental and Community Engagement Initiatives in Canada’s Mining Sector

Given the energy required to source the minerals and metals essential to the products we use every day, Canada’s mining industry has a role to play in focusing efforts on climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Sustainability and mining are not mutually exclusive and there is extensive work currently being completed in the sector to determine how innovation and low carbon technology can go hand-in-hand. While it is easy to recognize opportunities to help the planet, it can be difficult to effectively implement them in practice. The Essakane Solar, a project led by IAMGOLD, highlights how miners can form innovative working relationships with like-minded partners to help transform ideas into action.

The fight against climate change ultimately requires the mining industry to prioritize responsible energy use, improve efficiencies and explore new options for fuel switching and renewables where feasible. That’s why IAMGOLD has sought to strengthen the industry’s response at both the global-level and for its local stakeholders by effectively reducing its carbon footprint. To best support the sector’s transition to lower-carbon technology, IAMGOLD committed to developing an innovative renewable solar energy system at the mine through its Essakane Solar Project in Burkina Faso.

Due to its isolated location, IAMGOLD’s Essakane Mine in Burkina Faso is off-grid and has traditionally relied entirely on a thermal power plant using heavy oil. IAMGOLD decided to put forward an aggressive sustainability agenda by partnering with project sponsor Total Eren, a global renewable energy independent power producer, and AEMP, a developer and independent power producer dedicated to the development of renewable and hybrid projects for industrial sectors in Africa, to add a solar capacity to Essakane’s existing power system. This hybrid solution combines PV with diesel generation to provide a reliable off-grid power source that will supply Essakane with competitive and carbon-free electricity.

Made of 130,000 photovoltaic panels, the Essakane Solar Project currently stands as the world’s largest hybrid solar/thermal plant and is now one of the largest solar facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. The solar project is ensuring that the IAMGOLD can lower costs, improve safety, reliability and improve its sustainability practices over the long-term. Not only has this resulted in a contribution in the fight against climate change, but it has had a significant positive impact on the local community. The project has created 40 permanent new jobs and has had an impact on the local supply chain. It was estimated that the plant will offset approximately 18,500 tonnes of GHG emissions annually from the existing heavy fuel oil plant while saving an estimated 52 million litres of fuel over a 15-year purchase power agreement. However, since commission, for the period ending December 31, 2018, the plant has actually exceeded expectations. Essakane saved approximately 3.9 million litres of fuel and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 12,000 tonnes over seven months of service.

In ensuring a stable and reliable energy supply, the Essakane Solar project has reduced the mine’s carbon footprint, helped the mine and its local stakeholders adapt to climate change, and involved local communities throughout the project development process to ensure the benefits of Essakane Solar are shared.
Inauguration of the largest hybrid solar-thermal PV plant in the world at Essakane gold mine.


16 March 2018

IAMGOLD Essakane SA gold mine, the largest privately held business in Burkina Faso, operates off-grid, and used to rely solely on costly and carbon intensive heavy fuel power.
The Essakane project is located in north-eastern Burkina Faso. Approximately 330 km northeast of Ouagadougou.

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Inauguration of the PV plant at Essakane gold mine





The mine operates off-grid, and used to rely solely on costly and carbon intensive heavy fuel power. Since 16th March 2018, with the connection of a 15 MWp Solar plant to the mine’s existing 57MW thermal plant, Essakane benefits from the largest hybrid power plant in the world. It will decrease the mine’s fuel consumption by approximately 6 million litres per year and reduce its annual CO2 emissions by nearly 18,500 tons, supplying Essakane gold mine with competitive and carbon-free electricity.

The ceremony was attended by his Excellency Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso, Mr Oumarou Idani Minister of Mines and Quarries, Mr Bachir Ismaël Ouédraogo Minister of Energy, Mr. Steve Letwin CEO of IAMGOLD Corporation, Mr. Carol Banducci CFO of IAMGOLD Corporation, Mr. Bruno Lemelin CEO of IAMGOLD Essakane SA, Mr. Richard Duffy CEO of AEMP, Mr. Laurent Coche Director of Origination and Sustainability of AEMP, and other members of the Government of Burkina Faso, as well as representatives of local communities.
Constructed in just over 9 months, made of close to 130,000 photovoltaic panels, the 15MWc solar power plant complements the former 57 MW heavy fuel power plant, creating the largest hybrid PV-diesel plant in the world and one of the largest solar facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.

This project was entirely developed, constructed and financed by AEMP and Total Eren. The construction of the project started in May 2017 and was funded on a full equity basis initially. Limited recourse senior debt for an amount of USD 16,5 million was then provided on competitive commercial terms by BICIAB, the Burkinabe subsidiary of BNP Paribas in November 2017.

During the construction phase, 75 employees were hired from nearby communities and 40 employees will be permanently employed during the next 15 years of operations.
Chint 15MW in Netherlands, Burkina Faso hybrid gold mine, SE Asia solar-battery micro-grid


March 20, 2018
Tom Kenning

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www.pv-tech.org

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The global picture appears comfortable for the next three years but supply growth slows considerably after that, according to Oil 2017, the IEA’s market analysis and forecast report previously known as the Medium-Term Oil Market Report. The demand and supply trends point to a tight global oil market, with spare production capacity in 2022 falling to a 14-year low...
Total Eren, AEMP and IAMGOLD Essakane open 15MW hybrid solar plant in Burkina Faso
Total Eren, AEMP and IAMGOLD Essakane have opened the 15MW hybrid solar plant in Burkina Faso, which will supply power to IAMGOLD Essakane

This plant is considered to the largest hybrid solar/thermal plant in the world. The ceremony was attended by Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, Minister of Mines and Quarries Oumarou Idani, Minister of Energy Bachir Ismaël Ouédraogo and other members of the Government of Burkina Faso, as well as representatives of local communities...
World’s largest hybrid solar / thermal plant switches on


March 19, 2018
Richard Jansen van Vuuren

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www.miningreview.com

Total Eren, AEMP and IAMGOLD Essakane SA are pleased to announce that the grand opening ceremony of Essakane Solar, the world’s largest hybrid solar/thermal plant, was held on 16 March in Northern Burkina Faso.

The new 15 MWp photovoltaic (PV) power plant will supply IAMGOLD Essakane SA with competitive and carbon-free electricity.

The ceremony was attended by his Excellency Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso, Oumarou Idani, Minister of Mines and Quarries, Bachir Ismaël Ouédraogo, Minister of Energy, and other members of the Government of Burkina Faso, as well as representatives of local communities....

Total Eren targets Africa's power-starved mining sector
HOUSTON – Global oil supply could struggle to keep pace with demand after 2020, risking a sharp increase in prices, unless new projects are approved soon, according to the latest five-year oil market forecast from the International Energy Agency.

The global picture appears comfortable for the next three years but supply growth slows considerably after that, according to Oil 2017, the IEA’s market analysis and forecast report previously known as the Medium-Term Oil Market Report. The demand and supply trends point to a tight global oil market, with spare production capacity in 2022 falling to a 14-year low...