EPSA’s Western Australian team has recently signed a contract with Energy Developments Limited (EDL) for an eight-megawatt turnkey expansion at the Sunrise Dam gold mine owned by AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd.
The mine already has a number of Cat®/MWM gas generators and the upgrade will replace two-megawatts of existing diesel generation with the deployment of eight-megawatt (10,720 hp) of high-efficiency medium-speed gas generators. The two four-megawatt Cat CG260 gas generators are the first sold by EPSA in Australia.
EPSA’s Pierre Delport says that site work will commence in March with the generators delivered into Australia at the end of June. Completion is forecast for December.
“This is a fantastic outcome. The recently introduced Cat CG range is designed for maximum efficiency in extended-duty distributed generation applications typically required on mine sites. The fact that the CG range provides superior value by using the very latest gas engine technology was a key reason for the sale.”
In September 2014 EDL announced that it had entered into agreements with AngloGold Ashanti to expand and extend power supply arrangements at Sunrise Dam. Construction of the new power station facilities will occur concurrently with a new gas pipeline that will supply natural gas to the mine, with operation proposed to commence at the end of 2015.
AngloGold Ashanti owns and operates Sunrise Dam, which lies about 220 kilometres northeast of Kalgoorlie. Sunrise Dam produces around 270,000 ounces of gold annually and transitioned to solely underground mining in 2014.