In a first for Australian mining, Agnew Gold Mining Company, part of the Gold Fields Group, is developing a renewable hybrid microgrid to power their Gold Mine in Agnew, Western Australia.
The Agnew Renewable Energy Microgrid project will see the construction of a hybrid power solution that combines wind, solar, battery, and gas. It is forecast to deliver up to 60% renewable energy to the mine, reducing its carbon emissions by up to 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year – this is equivalent to the average amount of CO2 emitted from approximately 5,000 homes each year.
The project recently celebrated the completion of the first stage of construction of the off-grid power station using solar, diesel, and gas. Onsite worked closely with our electrical, plumbing, and carpentry contractor, Nextgen Building Pty Ltd, to provide the project with a site office, crib room, toilets, amenities and power facilities during this stage of construction. Onsite’s dedicated Kalgoorlie team ensured that the project was delivered safely, on time, on budget.
Now in its second and final stage, Agnew Gold Mining Company has contracted engineering, procurement, and construction services company, Nacap, to assist with the development of a wind farm for Agnew Gold Mine. Nacap will install up to five 110m, 3.57-megawatt (3.57 million watts) wind turbines that connect and export wind energy into the mine’s power station.
Thanks to the success of the phase one, Onsite has again been contracted by Nextgen Building Pty Ltd to provide a dedicated facility for Nacap for this next phase of construction, including two generators, two pumps, and six portable buildings.
The Agnew mine is a very isolated operation, with the nearest town 130km away. Onsite provided a unique turnkey solution to streamline the installation of our equipment, as well as delivering superior end-to-end logistics and supply management within a short period of frame.
All equipment and services were sourced from Onsite’s Kalgoorlie branch. The Kalgoorlie team gives special credit to Christian Crummer, Business Development Manager, for securing this opportunity to support a project that is paving the way for the adoption of renewable energy in the mining sector, and towards Australia’s transition to a clean, renewable future.
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Photos by: Mitch Fragar, Managing Director, Next Gen Building Pty Ltd