HomeEnergyResolute Mining signs 16 year power contract for Syama

Resolute Mining signs 16 year power contract for Syama

Aggreko has signed a 16 year contract with Resolute Mining to deliver a new hybrid power plant at the Syama gold mining complex in Mali.

Aggreko will install, operate and maintain a 40 MW thermal power plant and a 10 MW battery storage system, with a further 20 MW of solar power planned in 2023.

Works on the power plant are due to start immediately, with the first delivery of power being targeted for Q3, 2020.

The new hybrid solution, which will be administered through a Power Supply Agreement (PSA), reduces Syama’s power costs by an estimated 40%.

Read more about energy

Once all the renewable sources are fully installed it will also reduce carbon emissions by approximately 20%.

The initial site infrastructure layout will include space to accommodate a fifth 10 MW Wärtsilä Modular Block, enabling the mine to add additional capacity if needed in the future to support growth or expansion plans. 

Aggreko’s team is already familiar with Syama, having been providing rental power solutions at the site since 2015. Since August 2019, Aggreko rental units have been the primary source of power at the mine.

Read more about gold mining

The thermal element of the project is being implemented in partnership with Wärtsilä, using its new Modular Block technology and design. 

The project marks one of Wärtsilä’s first sales of its pioneering new product, and Aggreko’s first contract to deliver it.

Chris Weston, CEO of Aggreko, says:

“We are very pleased to have reached this pioneering agreement with Resolute, designed to increase efficiency and reduce carbon emissions at the Syama site.

“The project is yet another example of how Aggreko’s mobile and modular approach allows our customers to future-proof their generation technology.

“We optimise their entire generation system and integrate renewables into their energy mix to make power cheaper and cleaner for our customers.”

John Welborn, CEO and MD of Resolute Mining comments:

“Identifying and adopting world class innovative technologies to improve our operations is fundamental to achieving Resolute’s ambitions. We are delighted to be partnering with Aggreko in delivering a lower cost and more environmentally friendly energy solution for our Syama Gold Mine.

“The new Syama hybrid solution will lower our power costs at Syama by approximately 40% while significantly reducing our carbon emissions.

“Having worked together for several years, we know Aggreko is the right partner to support us as we integrate renewable energy into our Syama operation.”