Webinar: Is hydropower a viable option to support mining operations’ energy needs?

There is a growing need to use Africa’s vast hydro potential — whether pumped storage hydroelectric, run-of-river, or small hydropower systems — to boost reliability of power in remote areas, and specifically for the mining industry.

The potential is there, however, it’s not without its financial, operational and environmental challenges.

The Can hydro power mines? webinar will be broadcast Thursday, April 11 at 8:30 am New York time, 12:30 pm GMT.

This webinar, moderated by ESI Africa editor Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl and Mining Review Africa editor Laura Cornish, will address the commercial and operational value of hydropower at Africa’s mines.

1. How can hydropower development benefit new and existing mining projects in remote parts of Africa?

2. Weighing in on the financial benefits — capex vs. opex vs. traditional diesel power supply.

3. How to incorporate hydropower into organizational corporate social responsibility for communities.

4. A view on environmental impact assessment best practices for hydropower projects.

5. How can hydropower projects mitigate the effects of climate change to remain a relevant source of power for mining operations?

Confirmed panelists are:

  • Robert Greyling, PrEng, Dams Engineer, Knight Piesold. Greyling specializes in dams and hydropower engineering. He has designed all types of dams, ranging from 5 m to 260 m in height. His fields of expertise include flood hydrology, hydraulic design, reinforced concrete design and detailed structural dam design and analysis. He is actively engaged in hydropower and has worked on mini to large hydro installations.
  • Sam Mottram, managing principal, Knight Piesold. Mottram has over 20 years of experience in management, design and development of hydroelectric and mining infrastructure projects around the world. He has direct hydropower and mining project involvement on more than 100 projects in North, Central and South America, Africa, Europe and SE Asia.
  • Rudo Sanyanga, Africa programme director, International Rivers. Dr Sanyanga has more than 20 years’ experience in the freshwater ecology, water and sanitation fields. She previously worked as an aquatic researcher on Lake Kariba, a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, Bindura and later at Whitman College (US); a research manager for the Institute of Water and Sanitation and a senior partner for Water & Environment Consulting Company in Zimbabwe.
  • Corrie Cronje, consulting metallurgist, South Africa. Cronje previously was head of capital and operations for Randgold Resources. His background in metallurgy includes achievements in engineering, power generation and underground mining, as well as the feasibility and design, construction, commissioning and operation of the Kibali Gold Mine processing plant and the hydropower micro-grid and underground vertical shaft. 

Click here to register for the webinar.

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