Hybrid Solar-Diesel Plant For Niger Mine

Solar Powered Mine In Niger To Produce Uranium For Nuclear Power Generation

Hybrid Solar-Diesel Plant For Niger Mine

The Dasa Project (project site in the picture) in Niger once online will source 35% of its power requirement from renewables with Enernet’s hybrid facility. (Photo Credit: Global Atomic Corp.)

  • Enernet Global has secured contract to build, own and operate a hybrid power project in Niger for a uranium mine
  • It will comprise 16 MW solar, 15 MW battery energy storage and 16 MW back-up diesel generation plant to be connected to Sonichar grid
  • GLO plans to use uranium produced by the Dasa Project for nuclear power generation

US based independent power producer (IPP) Enernet Global will build, own and operate a hybrid power project, comprising 16 MW solar, 15 MW battery energy storage and 16 MW back-up diesel generation plant for Global Atomic Corporation’s (GLO) uranium mine in Niger.

Canada headquartered GLO is currently developing the Dasa Project at Niger’s Dasa region, and the uranium produced here will be used for nuclear power generation.

“We are committed to develop Dasa as the largest and highest grade uranium producer in Africa, and Enernet will help us to become one of the mining industry’s leaders in low emissions,” said GLO’s Chairman and CEO Stephen Roman. “Enernet’s approach will help reduce our up-front capital costs, support Niger by engaging its state-owned utility Sonichar as our primary energy source, introduce solar as a legacy to the region and utilize our own generators as a backup for the health and safety of our workers and to assure our investors that we will be able to operate continuously without interruption.”

The start-up generation is scheduled in 2022, and the hybrid plant is to be delivered in 2023. The IPP has started engineering work on site through its Africa team based out of South Africa.

Once the mine is operational, it will require 12 MW of consistent power supply. With this hybrid arrangement, the mine will secure 35% of its power requirement from renewable energy.

Enernet claims it will ‘one of the greenest operations’ in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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