Global distributed energy producer EDL is delivering an innovative hybrid renewable energy solution for Gold Fields’ Agnew Gold Mine in Western Australia’s goldfields region. The project received funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency as part of ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program.
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In an Australian first, the project will utilize wind generation as part of a large hybrid microgrid in the mining sector.
Goldwind Australia has entered into an agreement with EDL to deliver the wind farm project. The wind farm will consist of five GW140/3.57MW Goldwind wind turbines at 110 metre hub height and 18 MW generated capacity.
EDL CEO James Harman said the company was proud to be part of this ground-breaking project.
“This project represents a major step in Australia’s journey to sustainable energy and EDL is pleased to be an active contributor in this transition.
“We have leveraged learnings from demonstrated success in other hybrid renewable projects, which will enable us to provide Agnew Gold Mine with greater than 50 percent renewable energy over the long term, without compromising power quality or reliability.”
EDL is delivering the project under a 10-year agreement with Gold Fields in two stages.
Stage 1 is a new off-grid 23MW power station incorporating 16MW gas and 3MW diesel generation and 4MW photovoltaic solar, which is on track for completion in mid-2019. Stage 2 includes the 18MW wind generation, a 13MW battery and an advanced micro-grid control system, with construction recently started
Goldwind, together with NACAP will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services to the project. Goldwind will additionally provide Warranty Operations and Maintenance during the operations period.
“We are extremely pleased to partner with EDL on the Agnew Mine project. Goldwind will deliver the wind farm project using our advanced permanent magnet direct-drive turbines.”
“The project will make a significant contribution towards Australia’s transition to a clean, renewable future,” said John Titchen, Managing Director, Goldwind Australia.
Harman added, “We are looking forward to working with Goldwind and other partners to deliver for Gold Fields.”