Wind turbines and compressed air energy storage to displace diesel at Raglan and Hope Bay
The federal government is investing $4.2 million in two renewable energy projects in Quebec and Nunavut to reduce reliance on fossil fuels at mines in Canada’s north.
Both projects will be managed by Tugliq Energy Corporation, a renewable energy company focused on remote regions.
The projects will be funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program, said Paul Lefebvre, the parliamentary secretary to Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, at the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia’s (AME) Roundup conference in Vancouver on Monday.
“Today’s investments will help reduce reliance on diesel fuel and transform the energy landscape in Canada’s Arctic region,” said Lefebvre. “Nowhere are these investments more important than in the mining sector.”
The Raglan II project will receive $3.9 million to install a second three-megawatt wind turbine and increase battery storage facilities at Glencore’s Raglan nickel mine in northern Quebec. The existing renewable energy infrastructure at the site was installed during the $18-million Raglan I project. Raglan I reduced the diesel consumption at the mine by approximately 10 million litres, or the equivalent of 30,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases since it started operation in 2014.
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