mining.com 07 Mar, 2017
IAMGOLD is taking a further step towards diversifying its power needs into renewable energy, with a plan to install at 15-MW-peak solar power plant at its Essakane mine in Burkina Faso, Africa. The company has signed a power purchase agreement to begin developing the solar plant at the gold mine, located about 330 kms northeast of the Burkinabe capital city, Ouagadougou. The 15-year deal is between IAMGOLD Essakane SA, EREN Renewable Energy SA, AREN ENERGY (PTY) and Essakane Solar SAS. The solar plant, expected to be commissioned by the end of 2017.