BHP plans to install two solar farms and a battery storage system to power the Mt Keith and Leinster mines at its Nickel West operations in Western Australia.
The clean energy sources are expected to cut emissions from electricity at the two mines by 12 per cent based on its 2020 financial year levels.
The Northern Goldfields Solar Project will include a 27.4-megawatt solar farm at Mt Keith, and a 10.7-megawatt solar farm and 10.1-megawatt battery at Leinster to reduce diesel and gas power.
According to BHP Nickel West asset president Eddy Haegel, the project marks the first on-site solar farm and battery at any of its global operations.
“The Northern Goldfields Solar Project will further improve our position as one of the lowest carbon nickel miners in the world,” Haegel said.
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