Western Australia gold mine gets Aggreko’s LNG power plant

Glasgow-based firm Aggreko said it has supplied a liquefied natural gas power station to Ora Banda Mining’s Dayhurst gold mine in Western Australia.

The newly commissioned Dayhurst power station features five LNG generating sets and two diesel generating sets for a combined modular power output of 8.2 MW, according to Aggreko.

Aggreko’s gas-fired power station would enable Ora Banda Mining to reduce CO2 emissions by about 25,000 tonnes during the initial five years of operation, the firm said.

Aggreko Australia Pacific managing director George Whyte said the power station, “is a great example of how a mine which previously operated on diesel wanted to operate on cleaner fuel.”

“Creating a virtual pipeline application is a way to switch from diesel to a cleaner fuel source and reduce carbon immediately without requiring any capital outlay or a physical gas pipeline,” he said.

Ora Banda Mining managing director David Quinlivan said mining operations started on their large land holding in Western Australia in 2019 and reprocessing started again in January 2021.

“As part of the capital works program, we needed to reestablish a power station at Davyhurst and we worked with Aggreko and Evol LNG to build a natural gas-powered station to power all of the site,” Quinlivan said.

To remind, Wesfarmers’ Evol LNG said in September last year it had won a long-term contract to supply LNG to Ora Banda Mining’s Dayhurst gold mine.

Evol loads LNG onto trucks at Kleenheat’s Kwinana production facility south of Perth and delivers the fuel to Dayhurst.

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