Renewables in Mining
Rethink, Reconsider, Replay
The financial implications of this blackout were felt strongly by many of the state’s miners, including BHP, who lost in excess of US$100 million in the forced shutdown at their Olympic Dam mine. The long-held assumptions around the reliability of grid-connected electricity over off-grid or ‘behind-the-meter’ solutions were called into question.
Subsequently, this event provided a catalyst for Australian miners, both those with and without assets in the state of South Australia, to take a hard look at their energy management requirements in the short and long term, and in many cases to rethink the place of renewables going forward.
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