Juwi to install 36 MW solar hybrid project for a gold mine in Egypt
Post date: 05/05/2021 - 07:58
German Juwi AG is building a solar park in Egypt with a capacity of 36 MW along with 7.5 MW battery storage. Located at the »Sukari« gold mine, about 30 kilometers southwest of the Egyptian port city of Marsa Alam, the facilities will be integrated into an existing diesel power plant, reducing fuel consumption by 22 million liters per year. According to Juwi, it is »the world's largest offgrid hybrid project in the mining industry.«
Juwi will design the hybrid power plant for the owner of the Sukari gold mine Centamin plc, purchase the components, and supplement the existing power plant infrastructure with its proprietary Juwi Hybrid IQ Controller, a microgrid control platform based on Siemens Sicam. Juwi will also be responsible for technical operations management. The power plant is scheduled to go into operation in the second quarter of 2022. This will »increase the reliability of the power supply and protect the operator against rising fuel prices. This leads to noticeably lower operating costs overall,« says Dave Manning, Director Global Hybrid at Juwi.
According to Amiram Roth-Deblon, Director Global Business Initiatives, Juwi is currently building five more industrial scale hybrid projects: In Australia the »Esperance« project for Horizon Power, »Jacinth Ambrosia« for Iluka Resources, »Jabiru« for the Northern Territory government and »Gruyere« for APA, furthermore a 9.9 MW solar plant on behalf of Pan African Ressources in South Africa to supply power to a gold mine located around 120 kilometers southeast of Johannesburg. The mine operator intends to cover around 30 percent of the Elikhulu mine's electricity needs (we reported).