OZ Minerals initiates collaboration program to unlock value from partnerships, innovation and renewable energy
OZ Minerals has today announced the launch of the Energy and Mining Collaboration (EMC) in an initial collaboration with six other organisations – Adelaide University, CSIRO, the Department of Energy and Mining, the Rocky Mountain Institute, SunSHIFT and the Tonsley Innovation Precinct.
The EMC brings these organisations together into a collaboration platform to investigate renewable energy and demand management related activities on a mine site, with a view to developing and identifying opportunities for an international showcase that optimises electrical and fuel demand and the integration of renewable energy systems. This will be done via the creation of true partnerships around the testing of energy and technology hypotheses to unlock transformational value in mining.
Over the next six months the parties, as the founding collaborators are committed to formalising the partnerships from this collaboration, inviting in other first partnership collaborators and creating a broad and global membership of all those who would like to participate.
The first project as part of this program sees a trial installation of approximately 250 kW hybrid energy solution facility including solar, wind and a battery in the first half of 2020, located at the Carrapateena mine site in an area demarcated for piloting and prototyping. OZ Minerals’ Carrapateena project in South Australia is on track for first concentrate production in Q4 2019, after which the project will ramp up to full production over the following 18 months.
The trial installation will have approximately 250 kW hybrid energy solution consisting of solar, wind, battery storage, connected to existing diesel generators, and have a Smart Grid controller for data access and tracking.