BHP plans to put in two photo voltaic farms and a battery storage system to energy the Mt Keith and Leinster mines at its Nickel West operations in Western Australia.
The clear vitality sources are anticipated to chop emissions from electrical energy on the two mines by 12 per cent based mostly on its 2020 monetary 12 months ranges.
The Northern Goldfields Photo voltaic Challenge will embody a 27.4-megawatt photo voltaic farm at Mt Keith, and a 10.7-megawatt photo voltaic farm and 10.1-megawatt battery at Leinster to scale back diesel and gasoline energy.
In accordance with BHP Nickel West asset president Eddy Haegel, the challenge marks the primary on-site photo voltaic farm and battery at any of its international operations.
“The Northern Goldfields Photo voltaic Challenge will additional enhance our place as one of many lowest carbon nickel miners on this planet,” Haegel stated.
“It is going to cut back emissions from electrical energy use at Mt Keith and Leinster by 12 per cent, cut back gasoline prices and enhance the reliability of our electrical energy provide with the addition of the battery storage system.
“This announcement follows the nickel provide settlement we signed with Tesla final week. Sustainable low-carbon nickel is important for our battery and electrical automobile clients.”
BHP and its energy associate Goldfields TransAlta will construct the photo voltaic and battery vitality options with development to begin later this 12 months.
The photo voltaic farms and battery will probably be constructed, owned and operated by TransAlta as a part of its energy buy settlement extension with BHP from October 2020.
BHP said development will take 12-14 months to finish and can make use of greater than 100 individuals on web site.
A 540,000-tonne discount in carbon emissions is predicted throughout the first 10 years of operation from the photo voltaic farms and battery, equal to eradicating 23,000 combustion engine vehicles from the street every year.
TransAlta Company president and chief govt officer John Kousinioris welcomed the partnership.
“We’re proud to be supporting BHP’s emissions discount targets and sustainability objectives by way of the growth of our renewable technology footprint into Australia,” Kousinioris stated.
The challenge will advance BHP’s scope 1 and a pair of emissions discount targets and is topic to remaining Western Australia state authorities approvals.