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Solar-plus-storage for Egyptian gold mine

German renewables developer Juwi has announced it is working on an off-grid solar-plus-storage project to help power Egypt’s largest gold mine.

The company is planning a 36 MW solar plant and a 7.5 MW battery storage facility at the Sukari mine, near the Red Sea, which is owned and operated by the Egyptian government and Australian miner Centamin plc.

Juwi said it expects to have the solar-plus-storage plant operational by July next year, when it will begin to reduce consumption at the off-grid mine’s diesel power plant by around 22 million liters of the fuel per year.

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The developer announced the facility in a press release today which stated the solar project would feature bifacial panels mounted on single-axis trackers. Cairo-based Giza Systems was named as construction partner on the project.

Amiram Roth-Deblon, director of global business initiatives at Juwi said: “Our proven track record with hybrid designs and project delivery in locations with some of the world’s best solar resources, enables our clients to drive down cash operating costs with maximized throughput and reliability. The collaboration with Centamin and its forward-looking expert advisors has been crucial for the closure of the project.”

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Source: pv magazine