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Sunlight powering Iamgold mine

Renewables could be a major part of all off-grid mining power sources, energy company Total EREN says after opening a solar plant next to Iamgold's (CN:IMG) Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso.

Future Of Mining > Innovation

Sunlight powering Iamgold mine

Renewables could be a major part of all off-grid mining power sources, energy company Total EREN says after opening a solar plant next to Iamgold's (CN:IMG) Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso.

Sunlight powering Iamgold mine

Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré (centre) toured the US$25 million project last week with IAMGold CEO Steve Letwin (on the right)

A Total EREN and Africa Energy Management Platform (AEMP) 90:10 joint venture has built the 15MW peak solar plant, from which Iamgold will be able to source a third of its power at peak times, the rest still coming from its existing 57MW heavy fuel plant.