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Zimplats Granted Licence To Generate 185 MW Of Solar Power

Zimbabwe platinum group metals mining company Zimplats has been granted a licence to generate 185 MW, which incorporates the generation of its own solar power.
Zimplats is already totally green through the use of hydropower and the solar power will enhance the position of the company and enhance its security of supply, Zimplats CEO Alex Mhembere said in response to Mining Weekly during Tuesday’s Impala Platinum (Implats) media briefing, after debt-free Implats delivered half-year free cash flow generation of R15.1-billion for the six months ended December 31.
The $37-million first-phase solar plant will have a capacity of 35 MW, with commissioning scheduled during the 2024 financial year. Further phased expansion is under study.
“We should be able to go to tender in the next few weeks,” said Mhembere of the solar project, which had, he added, already received board approval from both Implats and Zimplats.
Mhembere expressed the hope that the project would be completed in 18 months and expedite the balancing of the solar and hydro power supplies.
Zimplats was given the go-ahead for a $521-million smelter expansion project and a R496-million base metals refinery project and acid plant commissioning, and the 185 MW will provide enough clean, green energy for the total operational requirements during the day and rely on utility-sourced hydropower at night.
Regarding renewables developments by Implats in South Africa, Implats CEO Nico Muller conceded that Implats was not at the same level of readiness as Zimplats.
“We are evaluating a number of projects. The one that is standing out is the Marula project for 10 MW but as far as the rest are concerned, they are probably in the process of being evaluated.
Implats executive sustainable development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni said that Implats had a number of studies with Marula entering a feasibility stage. *MiningWeekly*
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