Power solutions and data centre specialist Master Power Technologies (MPT) has supplied two copper mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with stand-alone power generation capabilities totalling around 15 MVA.
Master Power’s partner in the region, FG Wilson, installed the solutions and the company will continue to provide maintenance services to the mines.
Although both mines have rich copper veins to be mined, there is no utility power in the area, and the mines, therefore, had to ensure they were able to generate enough power independently to support the long-term mining of the area.
As a recognised power management solution provider in the area, Master Power was tasked with the project after winning the tender. In partnership with FG Wilson, Master Power delivered a high quality 15MVA power station solution to this remote area of the DRC.
The power solutions were built and the main portion was tested in Caterpillar’s UK facility, and again at Master Power’s headquarters in Strijdom Park, Johannesburg.
The Australia-based client witness the testing prior to the power solution being containerised and transported by road to the DRC from Johannesburg.
At site, FG Wilson and Master Power then reassembled the power solutions and ensured it was performing optimally before the mining operation started.
The process of designing and delivering the solution took less than 5 months, says Master Power.
More than simply supplying the solution, FG Wilson provides the mines with local service and warranty support from local FG Wilson dealers. The system was commissioned on site in the DRC in December 2014 and the mine owners are satisfied with the reliable and stable power supplied by the solution.