Suntrace and BayWa r.e. to build 30 MW solar hybrid power plant in Mali

German consulting firm Suntrace GmbH, specialising in the development of large-scale solar projects in developing countries, and German BayWa r.e. Renewable Energy GmbH, part of BayWa AG, will assist the Canadian mining company B2Gold Corp. in the planning, procurement, construction and commissioning of its »Fekola« mine in Mali. As reported, the B2Gold Executive Board announced in August that it would install a grid-independent solar system for the mine. Suntrace and BayWa carried out the preliminary feasibility study in order to check the technical and economic basics of the solar battery system for connection to the existing heavy oil power plant. Following the study, B2Gold approved the implementation of the $38 million project. Construction is expected to begin at the end of 2019 and be completed in August 2020. The expansion with a 13.5 megawatt hour battery storage will allow the mine to shut down up to three of its heavy oil generators during the day. The company estimates that the plant will reduce processing costs by approximately 7 percent and will save about 13.1 million liters of HFO per year.
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