March 5 (Renewables Now) - Australian minerals explorer Orion Minerals Ltd (ASX:ORN) has contracted a unit of the Juwi Group to assess the feasibility of building a 35-MW dedicated solar and wind power plant for the Prieska zinc-copper project in South Africa.
Under the newly signed collaboration agreement, Juwi Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd South Africa will investigate the possibility of building the hybrid plant at a site located within 20 km (12.4 mi) of the Prieska project in the Northern Cape province, where it will be possible to also establish a dedicated feed via an overhead power transmission line.
Orion’s managing director and CEO, Errol Smart, commented that the region where the project will be executed has the highest irradiance levels in the country and is also very well-suited for wind power production.
“It is already a well-established renewable energy generating region with 190 MW of solar power plants in operation and 240 MW of wind power currently under construction immediately adjacent to our Prieska Project,” he stated.
Juwi’s South African subsidiary has, to date, built five utility-scale solar power plants with a combined capacity of 121 MW and developed the 138-MW Garob wind project, which will soon enter the construction phase. It also has a further 250 MW of solar capacity currently being added in South Africa.