NEVADA – The joint venture between Barrick Gold and Newmont operating in Nevada approved the conversion of its TS coal power plant into a facility that also could produce power from natural gas, which would cut carbon emissions by as much as 50%.
Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) says it is working with Nevada officials on final permitting to allow construction to begin near the end of 2020, with the goal of final commissioning in the second quarter of 2022.
The joint venture is also reviewing the potential to add a 200 MW solar facility with battery storage to the mining development.
Barrick owns 61.5% of NGM and operates the development, which includes the Cortez, Carlin and Turquoise Ridge gold mines.
“Nevada Gold Mines is committed to providing its operations low-cost, secure power generation through northeastern Nevada’s power grid now and into the future. The conversion of NGM’s TS power plant and the potential for an additional solar power facility illustrates this commitment while reducing the state’s carbon emissions,” said Greg Walker, executive managing director of Nevada Gold Mines.
This story originally appeared on www.Mining.com.