Australian company wants wind, solar to power massive new nickel mining project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australian mining giant Oz Minerals says it 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 800kms west of Uluru.Oz Minerals says a 55MW hybrid power plant would look to harness solar and wind energy to provide 70 to 80 per cent of the power needs of the West Musgrave project, backed up and balanced by battery storage and diesel generators.Oz Minerals says 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 per cent of the processing costs.“Large-scale solar photovoltaic and wind solutions are currently economically viable and technically mature solutions to reduce the project’s reliance on high cost fossil fuels for electricity generation,” the company says in a presentation released on Tuesday along with its half year results. “Baseline data collected over the last year has demonstrated a high quality, consistent solar and wind resource is available, with higher wind velocities at night offsetting the lack of solar power.”Oz Minerals is just the latest of a number of big and small mining groups that are now turning to wind and solar to deflect the soaring costs of diesel or gas generators, the traditional source of supply of mining projects such as this. But this would be by far the biggest installation.More: Mining giant looks to wind and solar to power huge nickel project Australian company wants wind, solar to power massive new nickel mining projectlast_img

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