Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), a subsidiary of multinational mining company, Anglo American, has evaluated options to implement multiple forms of renewable energy at its mining operations in South Africa.
According to Amplats CEO Natascha Viljoen, the company aims to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030, and achieve zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2040, which were recorded as 3.94-million tons of carbon dioxide in 2020.
The design and construction of infrastructure required for the storage and refueling of hydrogen at its Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in South Africa’s Limpopo province has been completed, with delivery of the haulage truck’s fuel cell expected for the fourth quarter of 2021, following the completion of the hydrogen refueling test and the installation of relevant hydrogen storage capacity. First production of hydrogen is expected by the end of the year, with installation of the mine’s electrolyzer unit currently underway.
Amplats has set goals to generate approximately 100 MW of renewable energy at Mogalakwena by the end of 2023, and to add 220 MW of solar capacity to its proposed hydrogen-powered haul-truck program. The company has also stated that it supports the installation of wind power on its east- and west-coast operations, which will be augmented by solar plants in the country’s Northern Cape province.
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