Mining company to build 55 MW wind and solar hybrid plant to power nickel mining project

Australian mining company Oz Minerals is looking to use wind and solar to provide the bulk of the power needs for a giant new nickel project in a remote part of central Australia near the border of South Australia and Western Australia, some 800 km west of Uluru, according to its 2019 half year financial results. The 55 MW hybrid power plant would look to harness solar and wind energy to provide 70 to 80 percent of the power needs of the West Musgrave project, backed up and balanced by battery storage and diesel generators. Lower cost wind and solar are a crucial part of the decision on whether to go ahead with West Musgrave, which is Australia’s largest undeveloped copper and nickel project, given that power costs would account for around 40 percent of the processing costs, says the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

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