February 19 (Renewables Nows) - Rio Tinto Plc (LON:RIO) is considering using renewable energy sources to provide some of the power for its copper mine in Mongolia, the Anglo-Australian mining group announced on Tuesday.
The company said it is progressing alternative options to coal for a proposed 300-MW project to supply domestic power for the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine, including a renewable power component. According to a feasibility study filed with the government of Mongolia, the project envisages a coal power plant with a cost of about USD 924 million (EUR 855m)
This comes a day after Rio Tinto announced plans for a 34-MW solar park and a battery storage system to support its mining operations in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. Late last year, the company said it was looking at renewable energy solutions in order to further reduce emissions at an iron ore mine in the same state.
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