17/02/2020 - 14:19

Rio Tinto approves $98m solar plant plan

17/02/2020 - 14:19

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Rio Tinto has announced the development of a $US98 million ($A144 million) solar plant at its Koodaideri mine in the Pilbara, which is expected to supply around two thirds of the mine’s average electricity demand once completed.

Koodaideri mine is expected to receive around two thirds of its average electricity demand from the solar plant once it has been constructed. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

Rio Tinto has announced the development of a $US98 million ($A144 million) solar plant at its Koodaideri mine in the Pilbara, which is expected to supply around two thirds of the mine’s average electricity demand once completed.

Construction of the plant, which will be the first wholly owned by Rio Tinto, is expected to begin later this year with completion estimated in 2021.

It will be developed alongside a 12 megawatt hours lithium-ion battery energy storage system, based in Tom Price, which will provide reserve generation capacity to support the network.

According to Rio Tinto, the development of a plant and battery will lower annual carbon emissions by around 90,000 tonnes.

Chief executive Chris Salisbury said the plant’s construction was a milestone for the business and an important step in reducing its carbon footprint in the region.

“We are investigating additional renewable energy options in the Pilbara, as well as other opportunities to reduce emissions across our entire global portfolio, building on the 43 per cent reduction in absolute greenhouse gas emissions since 2008,” Mr Salisbury said.

 

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