Adaman Resources’ owned Kirkalocka gold project, in Western Australia, is set to be powered by LNG after the asset owner and EVOL LNG signed a agreement.
The long-term arrangement, between EVOL and Adaman Resources’ wholly-owned subsidiary Kirkalocka Gold SPV Pty Ltd, will see EVOL LNG fuel Zenith Energy’s 14.5 MW power station, with supply planned to commence from September 2019.
The gold mine, around 70 km south of Mt Magnet in the mid-west region of Western Australia, is set to restart operation after more than a decade, with the mine’s new owners refurbishing the processing plant and increasing its capacity to over 2.2 Mt/y.
EVOL LNG and Wholesale Manager, Nick Rea, said the use of LNG as an alternative to diesel will help minimise the mine’s carbon emissions.
“LNG produces 25% less CO2 emissions than diesel, and during the initial six years of operation, the mine will avoid 50,000 t of greenhouse gas emissions by fuelling its power station with LNG instead of diesel. This is the equivalent of keeping around 3,000 cars off the road,” Rea said.
EVOL, part of Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers, will build, own, operate and maintain the on-site LNG storage and vaporisation facility at the mine, it said. “The facility will use EVOL LNG’s modular design which allows for fast installation and expandability to suit the mine’s growing energy requirements,” the company added.
Adaman Resources’ Chief Executive Officer, Craig Bradshaw, said EVOL LNG will provide environmental, financial and economic benefits for the company.
“Utilising LNG as an alternative to diesel-fired generation will significantly reduce our energy costs and exposure to volatile diesel prices. Based on the current diesel price, we estimate our energy costs to be reduced by more than A$13 million ($9 million) during the first six years of operation,” he said.
EVOL’s Rea said Kirkalocka was the company’s third major contract in the mid-west in recent years; he sees huge potential for growth in this region.
“The scarcity of gas pipelines and absence of grid power would otherwise force off-grid mines to use diesel for power generation, but we are able to provide a much better solution with LNG. It’s clean, safe, reliable and lower cost than diesel.
“We have proven ourselves to the mining industry over the last decade, with seven mine sites now powered by EVOL LNG,” he said.