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Oct 30, 2020

Sun Cable to power Walford Creek mining operation

Sun Cable to power Walford Creek mining operation

Aeon Metals is turning to the sun to power its proposed Walford Creek copper-cobalt project in North-West Queensland.

The company has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Sun Cable to provide an energy solution for the operation.

Sun Cable has been hitting the headlines for its $22 billion plan to build the world’s largest dispatchable solar and battery power station in the Northern Territory along with a sub-sea cable to carry power to Singapore.

Aeon said it had been undertaking a detailed assessment of a third-party provided solar-plus-diesel power solution as part of the pre-feasibility study on the Walford Creek project.

The planned energy system would provide solar generation capacity, with an accompanying battery storage facility, alongside full back-up/supplementary diesel generation capacity.

The system is to be delivered by Sun Cable under a Build-Own-Operate (BOO) structure.

Aeon said the benefits of this approach included a substantial reduction in projected carbon emissions, substantial operating and pre-production cost savings, and the assurance of full back-up diesel generation capacity.

Aeon Metals recently reported that metallurgical and process workstreams were now well advanced in the pre-feasibility study for Walford Creek.

Further work was needed on back-end cobalt flowsheet routes to keep capital and operating costs down, it said. Completion of the study is now expected in the first quarter of 2021.

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