Caterpillar Inc. has announced that B2Gold Corp., one of the fastest-growing gold producers in the world, has selected the company and Cat dealer Barloworld to supply 7 MW of solar power at the Otjikoto Mine in the Republic of Namibia.
The full system including Cat photovoltaic solar modules and the Cat microgrid master controller (MMC) will be used to reduce reliance on a heavy fuel oil (HFO) power plant currently used to power the mining facility.
Barloworld is supplying engineering, procurement and construction services for the project. Installation of the system is underway, with the completion of the project expected in early 2018.
“At B2Gold, we embrace environmental stewardship and social responsibility as key corporate priorities in doing business,” said Mark Dawe, Managing Director and Country Manager for B2Gold Namibia. “As one of the largest solar installations in Namibia, the facility at the Otjikoto Mine will help us to leverage a plentiful, renewable resource while improving the quality of life for nearby communities.”
Caterpillar’s solar PV system is powered by advanced thin-film solar modules that are setting the industry benchmark with improved performance over conventional silicon solar panels.