Works are set to commence this year on the 8 MWp solar photovoltaic power plant at the Tôlagnaro ilmenite mine in Madagascar.
The solar farm will be built and commissioned by energy provider CrossBoundary Energy (CBE), which has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with QMM. The ground-breaking ceremony for the project took place on December 10, 2022.
Long term goals
The facility, which will consist of at least 18,000 panels, will power the site’s operations and reduce its annual carbon dioxide emissions by about 26,000 tons. Upon completion, it will power the site’s operations and contribute to QMM’s carbon neutrality objectives.
After the 8 MWp solar power installation will follow the installation of a wind farm consisting of nine turbines for a capacity of 12 MW, in 2023. The two clean energy facilities will have a combined capacity of 20 MW and will be coupled with an 8.25 MWh lithium-ion battery storage system, which will meet 60% of QMM’s annual electricity needs.
In the long term, these two facilities of the Jakob Stausholm-led mining group will also provide electricity to 80,000 people in the city of Fort-Dauphin. At the same time, CBE’s Madagascar subsidiary will commission a 2.5 MWp solar photovoltaic plant with a 1 MWh battery storage system and 3.3 MW diesel generators to power operations at the Molo graphite mine in Madagascar. The mine is operated by the Canadian company NextSource Materials.