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Glencore to harness heat energy from residual flare gas to generate electricity at Lydenburg smelter

21st February 2020 BY: Marleny Arnoldi
Creamer Media Online Writer

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Glencore Operations South Africa (GOSA) on Tuesday signed an energy conversion service agreement with clean-tech company Swedish Stirling.

Swedish Stirling will install, operate and maintain an estimated 9.9 MW facility at GOSA’s Lydenburg ferrochrome smelter.

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The total installation will entail up to 25 PWR BLOK 400-F units in a phased approach. GOSA ferroalloys CEO Japie Fullard tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly that Swedish Stirling will first install three units to determine the final quantity of units to be installed.

PWR BLOK 400-F is a modular container-based solution with Stirling engines which convert heat energy from residual flared gas into electricity.

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At full capacity the 25 units will generate approximately 6% of the Lydenburg smelter’s electricity requirement.

Fullard says the installation will help curb some of its grid dependency, save on electricity costs and reduce carbon emissions by some 80 000 t annually.

Fullard envisions that the agreement’s necessary regulatory approvals and other required conditions will be finalised by year-end, after which construction of the units will start.

GOSA anticipates that the first unit of the energy conversion facility will be commissioned by May, 2021. 

EDITED BY: Chanel de Bruyn Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online
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