Teck Resources, has signed up with AES Gener, a 66.7% subsidiary of AES Corp, for the supply of 72 MW of renewable energy.
The Carmen de Andacollo copper and gold operation in central Chile, which is 90% owned by Teck Resources, has signed up with AES Gener, a 66.7% subsidiary of AES Corp, for the supply of 72 Megawatts (MW) (550 GWh/year) of renewable energy. (Canadian Mining Journal)
Under the long-term PPA, which took effect on September 1, 2020, AES Gener will supply renewable energy from its portfolio of wind, solar and hydro assets to the Carmen de Andacollo mine until the end of 2031. The mine’s working life is estimated to last until 2035.
The shift to renewable energy will eliminate 200,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually, the approximate equivalent of taking 40,000 vehicles off the road, at Andacollo.
“This agreement takes Teck a step closer to achieving our sustainability goals, while also ensuring a reliable, long-term clean power supply for (Carmen de Andacollo) at a reduced cost to Teck,” said Don Lindsay, president and CEO of Teck.
Teck aims to be carbon neutral by 2050. Accordingly, as a sub-goal, it is moving to switch all its power needs in Chile to renewable sources by 2030.
In February, Teck entered a PPA with AES for the supply of 118MW of renewable energy to its Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 (QB2) copper mining project in Chile.
Originally published at Energy and mines