BayWa r.e. goes for gold with solar-plus-storage mine project in Mali

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
Image: BayWa.

European renewables developer Baywa r.e. will deploy a solar-plus-storage project for a goldmine in Mali.

Partnering with fellow solutions provider and developer Suntrace, Baywa r.e. has been awarded the US$38 million project by B2Gold, owner and operator of Fekola gold mine in Mali, West Africa.

With solar PV integrated with the site's existing power station which uses heavy fuel oil (HFO) and diesel gensets, batteries will be used to compensate for short-term fluctuations in solar power output during those daytime hours, rather than storing daytime energy for later use. Using 30MW of 'net capacity' in this way, B2Gold hopes it can then switch off up to HFO generators.

B2Gold could then reduce HFO use by as much as 13.1 million litres on the site annually, as well as offering an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions. The mine operator has retained Baywa and Suntrace to continue on with the project as its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partners and to otherwise support the Fekola project, scheduled for completion by August 2020 and set to begin construction before the end of this year.

Baywa r.e. regional manager for Africa Tobias Kriete said that of the project that: “…fuel savings will enable repayment on the investment as well as lower energy costs and cut carbon emissions,” while Suntrace COO Martin Schecht said the plan for Fekola gold mine “is a landmark in terms of battery and PV plant size with respect to an off-grid project .”

Gold mines in particular have long been a popular and economically competitive opportunity for off-grid renewables-plus-storage, being energy intensive but also high value, with Baywa's German rival juwi already executing a sizeable project of that nature in Australia in 2015, while more recently, among several other projects announced and reported by sister publication Energy-Storage.news, another gold mine project in Mali has been announced by developer Ignite Energy and mine owner Resolute Mining to replace a 28MW diesel genset with solar and battery storage.

Read Next

May 11, 2021
Europe’s solar technology specialists may need up to €7 billion (US$8.51 billion) in capital investment in order to scale up domestic manufacturing to be globally competitive, according to a panel of industry leaders.
May 7, 2021
Danish utility giant Ørsted has completed its first utility-scale solar-plus-storage facility in the US.
May 7, 2021
German agriculture group BayWa has said its renewables business saw an “unusually strong” start to the year, driven by high demand for solar modules and the sale of a PV plant in Japan.
May 6, 2021
Norwegian energy company Equinor has secured a 1.6GW solar project pipeline in Poland by acquiring local renewables developer Wento.
April 30, 2021
Software company Accela is joining forces with the US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on a new platform offering faster permitting for residential solar and battery energy storage projects.
April 28, 2021
Renewable energy group BayWa r.e. has opened what it claims is its largest PV warehouse in Europe yet in a bid to expand its distribution network in the continent.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
May 26, 2021
Session 1 - 7:00 AM (BST) | Session 2 - 5:00 PM (BST)
Solar Media Events
June 15, 2021
Solar Media Events
July 6, 2021
Solar Media Events
August 24, 2021