Oz Minerals could build standalone renewable power plants to ensure uninterrupted electrical supplies to its copper mines, managing director Andrew Cole said on Tuesday, a move that would protect it from blackouts of the type seen last year.
Cole said he was open to developing independent sources of energy – solar, wind and thermal – to mitigate the uncertainty in price and availability of electricity in South Australia state, which is notorious for sudden power outages.
“We’re certainly looking at those technologies for our current operations, our projects and future projects,” Cole told Reuters. “It makes more sense to use a combination of techniques to give you a sustainable supply of power,” he said.
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