The development of the world’s largest high-grade copper deposit (the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)) is now running on power from the DRC’s national grid using a mobile substation recently commissioned by South Africa’s Gauteng-based Zest Energy. The 120/11 kV mobile substation will serve the construction of the planned initial mine at Kamoa-Kakula, a project whose existing mineral resource has been independently verified as Africa’s largest copper find. Kamoa-Kakula’s principal owners are Ivanhoe Mines, Zijin Mining and the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Due to the high cost of running on diesel generators, the mine developers decided to purchase a mobile substation to interface with the network of the DRC power utility SNEL to provide power during the construction phase of the project. Although the substation will not be moved frequently, being mobile allowed for quick and hassle-free construction and commissioning, and gives the mine the added flexibility of deploying the substation to other areas of its operations when needed in the future.
Contact Kirsten Larkan, Zest WEG, Tel 011 723-6000, firstname.lastname@example.org
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