Re-engineer your mine’s competitiveness with optimum energy efficient solutions
“Electricity provision across most of Sub-Saharan Africa is notoriously unreliable, with the World Bank reporting that African manufacturing enterprises report power outages an average of 56 days a year, and that lack of power is the single greatest source of lost productivity in African businesses”, states Frost & Sullivan African Utility Week Summary Report 2014.
The case of South Africa
South Africa is the second largest economy in Africa, accounting roughly for one third of Africa’s mining sector. Beyond being the world’s largest gold and platinum producer, South Africa has a diversified manufacturing base. However, the country faces severe national energy supply constraints which are posing a real threat to mining operations and industrial progression, costing the South African economy over $4 million annually.
Availability and the rising costs of energy, not only in South Africa but globally, are key challenges to all large power users. Barry Bredenkamp, Senior Energy Efficiency Manager at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), explains that, “it is therefore essential for large power users to influence, or at least assist in balancing the demand-side of the equation and the obvious choices are to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies”.
A quick win for mining and industrial operations
The ISO 50001 serves as a good example of a relatively low-cost energy management scheme that exempts high investments in new technical applications and upgrades. Alf Hartzenburg, Senior Project Manager of the Western Cape Industrial Energy Efficiency Project says that, “any business seeking to remain competitive in the new world of declining energy reserves and seeking a sustainable solution must seriously consider the implementation of the ISO 50001 aligned energy management system”.
Explore the best energy strategy for your mine
Collaboration between private enterprise and public corporation can address energy security concerns to develop innovative alternative energy solutions and effective fiscal policies that maximises economic benefit for all. Join the dynamic discussions at African Utility Week & Clean Power Africa from 12-14 May 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.