Vergnet is currently attending the Ethiopia International Mining Conference 2015, the first event of its kind in the region, aimed at uniting global mining industry executives, development partners, financiers, service providers and other stakeholders to share experiences, build partnerships and discuss strategies to help promote and unlock the full potential of Ethiopia’s minerals sector as the engine for sustainable economic development.
As part of the Powering Mining and Industrial Operations session, Frédéric Chevé, Africa sales manager, Vergnet, presented a session on “Mining as a Pioneer of Renewable Energy Integration” on Thursday 24th September, profiling wind turbine installation projects both within Ethiopia and in the mining sector.
In a significant milestone for energy generation and sustainability in Ethiopia, Vergnet delivered the biggest wind farm installed in sub-Saharan Africa to date, located in Ashegoda near Mekelle in the Tigray region.
This 120 MW wind farm supplies electricity to more than 3 million Ethiopians and enables the national electric company, Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), to produce each kWh at low cost of €0.06 per kWh.
Including the installation of 30 Vergnet GEV HP 1 MW turbines, the major project was completed by over 1,000 workers from 26 different nationalities over a four year period.
With over 25 years’ experience working in challenging and remote locations, Vergnet has also delivered installations specifically within the mining industry and currently has wind turbines in mines in Chile and West Africa.
In addition to providing wind, solar and hybrid energy solutions, Vergnet global solutions also offer Hybrid Wizard®, a patented software based solution which maximises renewable energy generation in real-time, lowering energy costs and ensuring a secure energy supply to ensure clean, reliable energy when it is needed most.