IGO awards Cosmos electrification study to Perenti, ABB collaboration

Perenti and ABB, in collaboration, have been awarded an inaugural contract by IGO Ltd to undertake a study for the full underground electrification of IGO’s Cosmos Nickel Project in Western Australia.

The electrification study is a significant step in IGO’s commitment to continuously improving its sustainability performance by trialling new technologies and decarbonising its operations, helping to create a green energy future, it said.

In November 2022, Perenti signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global technology company ABB to collaborate to develop a service offering that combines Perenti’s mining expertise and technical capability with ABB’s electrical and technological expertise.

The study will see experts from Perenti and ABB work side by side with IGO to provide a pathway for the optimum design of mine electrification at Cosmos. All aspects of electrification will be considered in the study including:

• Mine design optimisation for electric operations
• Production and operating philosophy
• Fleet selection
• Power distribution and electrical infrastructure design
• Electrification system and battery management
• ESG and safety impact analysis, and
• Cost modelling of both Capex and Opex.

“At IGO we believe in a green energy future, and that extends to our underground mining operations where the electrification of our fleets will create a safer, greener, and more productive operation. We are excited about this future and our collaboration with Perenti and ABB to make this a reality,” Chris Carr, IGO Head of Technical Services, said.

“Valuing the environment and enabling the energy transition is one of Perenti’s three key sustainability imperatives and this study demonstrates the capabilities of our electrification collaboration with ABB,” Raj Ratneser, Executive Sponsor of Decarbonisation at Perenti, added.

“Decarbonisation and electrification are critical to the future of mining, and we are privileged to be working with our client IGO on this pioneering study.”

“Congratulations to IGO on taking on such an ambitious project, which combined with their renewable power project will largely decarbonise their Cosmos mining operations,” Max Luedtke, Vice President and Business Line Mining Manager, ABB, said.

“The progress between ABB and Perenti is advancing every day and this study is an ideal opportunity to advance our efforts and collectively drive towards providing electric solutions that effectively decarbonise the mining industry.

“At ABB, we take pride in sharing our eMineTM approach for electrification and automation, spanning from pit to port, through such effective collaborations within the industry.”