NAMIBIA – B2Gold Corp
. of Vancouver is celebrating the opening of its solar power plant at its Otjikoto gold mine. This plant is one of the first fully autonomous hybrid plants in the world.
[caption id="attachment_1003723489" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Otjikoto gold mine produced 191,534 oz. of gold in 2017. (Image: B2Gold Corp.)
Changing the power source to a heavy fuel oil/solar hybrid plant is expected to reduce Otjikoto's fuel consumption by approximately 2.3 million litres and cut associated power generation fuel costs by approximately 10% in 2018.
B2Gold said the development of the new facility reflects its commitment to environmental stewardship. The feasibility for a 7-MW solar plant was begun in early 2016. Approval was given in October that year and full commissioning began in April 2018. Cost of the plant is $8.5 million.
At the end of 2018, the Otjikoto mine had measured and indicated resources of 35.4 million tonnes grading 1.33 g/t gold for 1.5 million contained oz. of gold. Within the M&I, there were 19.5 million tonnes of probable reserves grading 1.71 g/t and containing 985,000 oz. of gold. The project also had an inferred resource of 4.6 million tonnes grading 4.42 g/t gold and containing 251,000 oz.
Learn more at www.B2Gold.com.