Energy transition is indeed being witnessed in different sectors of the global economy. In South Africa, Gold producer Pan African Resources Plc (LON:PAF) has selected Juwi South Africa as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for a 9.975-MW solar project at one of its mines.

Orient Energy Review learnt that the Construction of the Evander Mines solar photovoltaic (PV) plant will commence in the first months of 2021.The project will be completed in the third quarter of the same year, Pan African said on Tuesday.

The total investment amounts to ZAR 140 million (USD 9.4m/EUR 7.7m), expected to be paid back in less than five years.

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According to Pan Africa, the solar electricity produced by the park’s bi-facial modules will be enough to meet 30 per cent of the power requirement during daylight hours of Pan African’s Elikhulu mine.

It stated that electricity produced from the renewable energy source will offset more than 26,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in the first year of operation.

Pan African also hinted that it may expand the Evander Mines project to ensure green power supply also for the Egoli Project. The company is also studying a similar PV project at Barberton Mines.

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German renewables developer, Juwi AG, however, disclosed that this will be its first mining project in Africa.

The company’s South African subsidiary has so far installed 207 MW of capacity under the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP).

By Peace Obi

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