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Canadian gold mining company, Kinross is investing $55 million in the construction of a solar photovoltaic power plant at its Tasiast mine in Mauritania. The multi-million-dollar solar investment aligns with Kinross’s overall initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at its mining sites (GHG).
Kinross announced last month that the solar power plant will generate 34 MW of electricity and comprise an 18 MW battery system. Integrated with the mine’s power generation portfolio, the solar plant will supply 20% of its power while reducing GHG emissions by up to 53,000 tons over the mine’s lifespan. Additionally, the project will enable Kinross to save approximately 180 million liters of fuel.
Plant construction will be completed in September 2023, with operations such as geotechnical drilling for the solar panel foundation commencing in Q2 of 2022.
Having set an ambitious target of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050, Kinross aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% for its scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030.
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