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Calidus to incorporate solar power, battery storage into Warrawoona power mix

Calidus Resources has executed an agreement with Zenith Pacific for the construction of a 4 MW solar farm with 3.5 MW battery energy storage system at its Warrawoona gold project in Western Australia.

Zenith is currently constructing the 11 MW gas-fired power station at Warrawoona under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The construction of the solar farm is part of the PPA whereby Calidus purchases power from Zenith.

The solar farm will be constructed in the second half of 2022 and will feed into the distribution line between the power station and accommodation village.

Calidus Managing Director, Dave Reeves, said the decision to proceed with the solar farm and battery storage was in line with the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives.

“Calidus is committed to carbon reduction as part of its ESG policy,” he said. “This renewable microgrid is a cornerstone to our carbon reduction plan which includes the use of LNG, not diesel, and the ability of the LNG gensets to use up to 25% hydrogen.

“We are pleased to extend the relationship with Zenith to incorporate this renewables project, and look forward to its construction in the second half of this year.”

Calidus plans to start mining at Warrawoona in the June quarter of this year, and is forecast to initially produce 105,000 oz/y of gold.

GR Engineering lends gold study expertise to Calidus’ Warrawoona project

Calidus Resources has appointed GR Engineering Services to carry out the prefeasibility study (PFS) on its Warrawoona gold project in Western Australia.

The PFS is scheduled to be completed in the September quarter.

Calidus said: “GR Engineering are an ASX-listed engineering company that has successfully managed 19 gold feasibility studies and the construction of three gold processing plants in Western Australia in the last two years and has an excellent track record of delivering process plants on time and on budget.”

Calidus Managing Director, Dave Reeves, said: “The appointment of GR Engineering to undertake the PFS for Calidus is another step towards development of the Warrawoona gold project.

“Detailed inputs for the study have been collected over the last 12 months to ensure an accurate representation of the economics can be provided to investors on the completion of the PFS and allow discussions to commence with debt financiers.

“With regional drilling of untested anomalies due to commence next month in parallel with the PFS, we believe we are just starting to unlock the true value of this untested greenstone belt in Western Australia.”

Calidus has outlined a resource of 21.3 Mt at 1.83 g/t Au for 1.25 Moz at Warrawoona, which includes a higher-grade component of 14.6 Mt at 2.37 g/t for 1.1 Moz. Around 64% of the resource is classified as indicated.