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Westgold signs gas and renewables agreements with Pacific Energy, CEFA

Westgold Resources, in line with its ongoing objectives to enhance profitability and focus on cost optimisation, has executed a new Electricity Purchase Agreement with independent power provider Pacific Energy and a new LNG Supply Agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Australia (CEFA).

These agreements will deliver substantial operating cost savings to Westgold in its 2023-2024 financial years onwards of around A$100/oz ($68/oz) at the current diesel price and supports its commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives that will reduce the company’s long term greenhouse gas emissions, it said.

Under the build-own-operate agreement with Pacific Energy, Westgold will materially reduce diesel consumption by replacing six diesel-fired power stations (two owned and operated by Pacific Energy) with four new, highly efficient gas-fired power stations to incorporate renewable energy options and use solar power and battery storage across the Bryah and Murchison Operations. Critically for Westgold, this transition to a mixed generation platform includes renewables and gas and is expected to reduce carbon emissions from diesel-powered generators by over 57%, due to the higher integration of renewables (34% solar) and cleaner fuel (gas versus diesel), the company said.

Westgold’s first new Pacific Energy power station will be commissioned in July 2023 at the Tuckabianna processing hub, with the three additional new power plants scheduled for commissioning from September 2023.

Westgold has concurrently signed a bulk LNG supply agreement with CEFA. CEFA will supply Westgold from its expanded LNG plant located at Mt Magnet (pictured), 80 km south of Cue. This plant is currently providing LNG to another Pacific Energy power plant in the Murchison region and provides a substantial advantage due to its proximity to Westgold’s operations. CEFA will fund and construct satellite LNG facilities (primarily comprising LNG storage and re-gasification equipment) at Westgold’s project sites, with the LNG trucked direct from its plant at Mt Magnet.

The new gas and solar power station to be commissioned at Westgold’s Meekatharra operations will also serve to simplify power generation by removing smaller diesel fired power stations at the Paddy’s Flat and Bluebird underground mines and providing them power from a larger gas-fired power station via overhead powerlines, according to the company.

Westgold Managing Director, Wayne Bramwell, said: “The transition to a cleaner, more efficient energy platform that utilises renewables and gas in financial year 2023 is strategic for Westgold. It is an important step in meeting our ESG targets but is pivotal to reducing the operating cost of our business.

“Westgold has selected two industry leaders in Pacific Energy and CEFA to work with us in this transition and we look forward to seeing the benefits that integrating renewable power and cleaner energy alternatives can deliver to our business and the communities within which we work.”

MACA extends contract mining relationship with Ramelius Resources

MACA says it has been awarded an open-pit mining contract from Ramelius Resources for load and haul, and drill and blast services at the Tampia gold project in Western Australia.

Tampia is near Narembeen, 250 km east of Perth, and 148 km by sealed roads from Ramelius’ Edna May gold mine where MACA currently provides contract mining services.

The contract is expected to generate A$95 million ($74 million) in revenue for MACA over a 28-month term, commencing in the June quarter, and will employ around 115 people. MACA says its work in hand position as of February 21 now stands at A$3.4 billion.

MACA’s CEO, Mike Sutton, said: “MACA is very pleased to be awarded this contract at the Tampia gold project, and values the long-standing relationship that we have established with Ramelius since commencing works on the Mt Magnet gold project in 2017, and then the Edna May gold project in 2020.”

The Tampia gold project, which Ramelius consolidated 100% ownership of earlier this year, was the subject of a feasibility study in April 2020. This study focused on the option to haul ore to Ramelius’ Edna May processing facility for production of 186,000 oz of gold from the processing of 2.5 Mt of ore.

MACA wins three-year contract extension at Ramelius’ Mt Magnet gold mine

Contract miner MACA has been given an extension to its contract at Ramelius Resources’ Mt Magnet gold mine, with the ASX-listed company set to continue providing mining services at the Western Australia operation for another three years.

The project extension will consist of open-pit mining services including drilling and blasting, and loading and hauling, MACA said.

It is expected the project extension will generate approximately A$130 million ($93 million) in revenue for MACA over the three-year term.

MACA says its total work in hand position now stands at a healthy A$2.3 billion.

Mike Sutton, MACA CEO and Managing Director, said: “We are pleased to continue our relationship with Ramelius Resources at Mt Magnet for a further three years. The services we provide at Mt Magnet and Edna May for Ramelius make up an important part of MACA’s work in hand in the gold sector.”