Engineering company achieves 70% energy saving with world's fifth
largest Gold Mine
engineering company Turbo Air has achieved a 70% energy saving
through energy efficient technology for a major
gold-mining group, reports the company.
This comes at a time when mining companies in South Africa need to
recover from the 2009 financial crisis as well as come to terms with
steep electricity tariff increases announced by State-owned power
Turbo Air spokesperson Gerald Nel reports that the project with the
gold-mining group involves the instillation of energy saving
technology on heat pump systems, compressed air systems and water
chilling systems. When running at full capacity, the energy saving
technology can achieve savings of up to 55 MW a shift.
“An added advantage of the technology is that it is a demand side
management project, which replaces power back into the grid and
offers a rebate to companies to employ such technology,” says Nel.
He adds that the contract with the mining company started last year
and has a two-year implementation phase. The first machinery
sporting the technology is expected to be in working order by May.
“The project is unique to the company concerned, however, Turbo Air
has been in contact with other mining companies regarding the
technology. No firm orders have been placed yet; but the technology
has a big future in South Africa considering that energy makes up a
considerable portion of a mining company’s expenses, which are set
to increase with the new tariff increases announced by Eskom,” says
Nel adds that the technology is not limited to the mining industry
and can even be used in domestic heating applications.
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