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CRONIMET MINING AG constructs solar power stations in South Africa
CRONIMET MINING AG has started its involvement in the energy sector successfully and expands the presence in South Africa:
The first step for the construction of an 1 megawatt (MW) solar plant in Thabazimbi in the province Limpopo was made in August 2012. The photovoltaic plant, with the size of around two hectares, produces up to 1.8 gigawatt hours electricity with 4,170 modules per year since November. This project is the first of this dimension in South Africa and highlights the successful beginning of CRONIMET Mining Energy AG. The subsidiary, which was established in June 2012, offers solutions in the area of energy for construction companies.
“The project represents two things especially. On the one hand, we can see another important step in developing our commitment in South Africa. On the other hand, it emphasises our goal to produce sustainably and environmentally friendly”, so Thomas Heil, CEO of CRONIMET MINING AG.
CRONIMET MINING ENERGY AG performed the construction together with Solea AG, a specialist for development, construction and distribution of solar plants, as general contractor. In the future the plant will provide the industrial mining activities of CRONIMET MINING AG in Thabazimbi network-independently and environmentally friendly with electricity during the day.
South Africa expedites the development of the network-independent energy supply. “With this project we want to make a contribution to the construction of a sustainable and peripheral energy supply in this country. The available diesel generators increase their performance automatically when the weather condition are rather unfavourable and compensate their brief deficits. “We expect to lower the consumption of the mineral oil, which is used for the operation of the remaining diesel generators, by half, as well as remarkably cut the CO2 emission”, said Thomas Heil.
CRONIMET MINING Energy AG, which is located in Switzerland, summarises the energy activities of CRONIMET MINING AG for the industrial mining. The company invests worldwide in the development and the operation, especially in solar plants for mining companies.
About CRONIMET MINING AG
CRONIMET MINING AG, a subsidiary of the family-run CRONIMET Group, is a raw material trading company and a strategic investor of raw material, located in Karlsruhe. The company is active all over the world, with 13 subsidiaries on three continents, as well as raw material storage facilities in South Africa and Armenia and around 3,400 staff members in the area of exploration, production and trading of raw material for the metal producing industry.