The pre-Summit workshop will provide Non-Conventional Renewable Energy Professionals with a comprehensive understanding of mining industry. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the operational practices pivotal to the mining industry, be able to interpret essential terminology and feel more comfortable interacting with core mining staff by having a clearer understanding of the key concepts involved in mining. This course aims to enhance an understanding of the business of mining for renewable energy professionals.

Course Leader:

This workshop will led by Arnoldus Mateo van den Hurk Mir, PhD

For 29 years Arnold has been as an adviser and professional in geo-mining, renewable energy, company appraisal and financial analysis. He has worked in Europe, South America the Caribbean, Africa and China.

Who Should Attend:

This course will be of particular interest to energy professionals who are currently involved  or would like to be involved in energy for mining projects.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate the significance of energy in the mining industry
  • Understand frequently used terminology
  • Describe the use of energy on open pit and underground mining methods
  • Understand the principles of mine design, planning and optimization
  • The impact of energy on rehabilitation and environmental considerations
  • Understand the production chain from mining from processing to extractive metallurgy
  • Describe the logistics and marketing behind key commodities

Mining introduction and planning




Mine economics and company Structure




Energy uses in mining




Mining, environment and CSR


welcome drinks reception


Exclusive VIP Dinner for Mining Leaders and International Energy Experts


Coffee & Registration


Chair’s Welcome Remarks

Adrienne Baker , Director , Energy and Mines


Opening Keynote: Understand Mining’s Energy Challenge and Potential Solutions

Mike Rossouw , Keynote Speaker , Executive Director, Xstrata Alloys & Thought Leader, Eskom


Keynote Panel: Developing Sustainable and Economic Energy Strategies for Mines

Chair : Grant Pattison , Chairman and CEO , NRG Renew Africa

Barend Petersen , Chairman , De Beers Consolidated Mines

Alastaire Dick , Group Energy Specialist , Gold Fields

Roelof Retief , Manager Process Development , IFM

Steph Van Sittert , Head of Business Development and Technology , Samancor Chrome

The African mining sector is well positioned to be a catalyst for change by investing in electricity infrastructure that enhances social license to operate and secures power supplies and prices for remote and grid-tied operations. This session will bring together senior executives from Africa’s top mines to discuss how current energy challenges provide a context for exploring innovative and socially responsible power solutions that contribute to the long-term sustainability of mining in Africa.

  • Insight on current strategic energy goals and the operational realities driving these aims
  • How can energy investments be a catalyst for responsible and sustainable mining in Africa?
  • How has load shedding impacted energy priorities for South Africa mining operations?
  • What is the effect of low commodity pricing on energy investments and priorities?
  • What role can renewables play in developing sustainable, affordable power solutions for mines?
  • Views on how the mining industry will continue adapt and innovate its energy practices

Networking Break


Keynote Presentation: The Commodity Cycle and Mining’s Energy Strategy

Justin Froneman , Director, Head of Mining South Africa , Credit Suisse


Keynote: Overcoming Hurdles for Financing and Implementing Renewables for Mines

Noel Luhanga , Senior Legal Counsel, South Africa , SunEdison

This presentation will highlight some of the lessons learned from developing power partnerships with mines and the potential opportunities and challenges in the African market.


Session 1: Addressing the Economic Impacts of Load Shedding for South African Mines

Chair: Shaun Nel , Project Director, and Advisor , Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG)

Maxwell Nemutshili , Group Manager Engineering , Exxaro

Wonder Zwane , General Manager , Kalagadi Manganese

Funani Mojono , Chief Executive Officer & General Manager , Imerys South Africa

Mike Levington , Director , Kabi Solar

South African mining operations are facing a serious challenge with increased load shedding by Eskom impacting mine production and profitability. This session will offer insight on the economic costs of uncontrolled load shedding for South African mining operations and the solutions being explored to address the urgent need for security and predictability of energy supply.

  • What has been the impact of load shedding on the mining business in South Africa?
  • Mining leaders’ views on current plans for stabilizing electricity supply – are these adequate?
  • What short-term plans has management put in place to work around load shedding?
  • What critical decisions need to be made now to ensure consistent electricity for mines?
  • How are power disruptions resulting in new energy considerations for the mining sector?
  • Is there are role for renewables to play in addressing load shedding and securing energy supply?
  • How long do mines expect to be operating under constrained electricity supply?
  • What would assist the mining sector in planning for medium and long-term production?


Luncheon Welcome

Ira Green , Managing Partner , GG Energy Holdings


Networking Lunch

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Session 2: Exploring the Feasibility of Renewables for Grid-Tied Sites

All across Africa mines need more energy at affordable prices. South African mines have experienced aggressive load shedding and operations across West Africa are dealing with utilities unable to meet their energy requirements affordably. Supply constraints are often exacerbated by high electricity rates which are driving mines to consider supplementing their power needs with renewables. This session will focus on how alternative energy solutions can play a role in addressing grid supply concerns and the practicalities around implementing these solutions.


Joint Case Study: Analyzing Global Energy Security Plans and the Role of Renewables

Duncan Stevens , Vice President, Group Sustainable Development , Gold Fields

Sean Cleary , Board Member , Carbon War Room

Gold Fields, a globally diversified producer of gold with eight operating mines in Australia, Ghana, Peru and South Africa, is working with the Carbon War Room to review its energy security plans across all sites. The gold leader’s energy strategy calls for 20% renewables for new mining operations and the goal of this review will be to identify opportunities to integrate renewables across all operations.

  • First steps and initial goals in reviewing energy security plans for Gold Fields’ operations
  • What will determine the feasibility and efficacy of renewables integration for sites?
  • What are the ideal outcomes for the mine from this review process?

Case Study: Mining as a Pioneer of Renewable Energy Integration

Marc Rivard , Sales Director , Vergnet

Driven by high energy prices, power constraints and environmental goals, the Mauritanian industry and mining company Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (SNIM) has invested in wind and solar projects to supplement grid power. The mining leader pioneered the country’s first wind farm which is a 4.5 MW, grid-connected project at Nouadhibou and is now exploring the installation of a 3 MW solar plant.

  • Understanding the key drivers and enablers for SNIM to lead on renewable energy investments
  • Operational results from the Nouadhibou wind farm – energy cost and supply benefits
  • Mining as a leader in renewables deployment: What lessons can be applied to other African mining centers?

Interactive Panel Discussion: Securing Power Needs with Renewables

Chair: Egmont Ottermann , Group Energy Manager, PPC & EXCO member , South African Independent Power Producers Association (SAIPPA)

Gerhard Van De Berg , Group Energy Engineer , Anglo American Platinum

Christo Oliver , Principal Electrical Engineer , Kumba Iron Ore

Andile Sangqu , Group Executive, Sustainability and Risk , Impala Platinum

Nic Schoeman , General Manager Technical Services , Acacia Mining

  • Details on plans for addressing power disruptions at these sites and cost implications
  • Insight on energy efficiency targets and costs for grid-tied operations
  • How open are local utilities to integrating renewables to supplement grid-power supplies?
  • Do mines expect to be compensated by the utility if the supplemental power is not used?
  • What are the main inhibitors for moving new energy projects forward?
  • What additional facts and figures could help facilitate renewables integration?
  • What other challenges might mines encounter post-feasibility including surface rights etc.?
  • For South African operations, how is the anticipated carbon tax influencing energy strategies?

Current Energy Challenges for Mining Operations and Potential Solutions

Rob Lydan , Director of Solar and Wind , Hatch

This presentation will offer insight on current energy challenges for African mining operations and the opportunities for developing energy partnerships that directly address the power constraints and pricing concerns miners are facing across the region.


Networking Break


Session 3: Hybrid Solutions for Remote Mining Operations

Even with lower oil prices, the business case for integrating renewables for remote operations is strong with alternative technologies delivering price competitive and sustainable options. This session will highlight the very latest case studies of hybrid projects for mining offtakers and explore the current economics for displacing diesel fuel with renewables


Reducing OPEX with Customized Hybrid Solutions

Jean Charles Brun , Sales Manager Smart Generation Solutions , Siemens

This presentation will offer insight on the business case for and the latest technological innovations of hybrid systems for remote African mines. Ranging from 1-50 MW, these customized solutions can offer significant operational savings over the life of the mine and can meet the financial structures and terms preferred by mines when implemented with a trusted partner.

  • An update on the operational savings hybrid solutions can offer mining operations
  • What fuel-savings guarantees are available to reduce risk for mines?
  • What financial options are available for these projects that meet mining’s investment criteria?

Joint Case Study: Appropriate Energy Technologies for Remote Gold Mines

Ian Fielding , Consulting Engineer , Shanta Gold

Manuel Duggal , Director , MCD International Energy Solutions

Shanta Gold is a junior gold producer with its flagship mine in Western Tanzania. The mine rents a 5MW island power plant that has recently been partially converted from diesel to heavy fuel oil. The mine also operates a fully scalable 64kW pilot photovoltaic power plant and has explored other renewables as a means to reduce energy costs.

  • A review of unit energy costs, pre and post the conversion from diesel to heavy fuel oil.
  • Evaluating alternative power plant technology/power supply from the users’ point of view – coal, solar, hydro and the national grid.
  • Details of the PPA solar pilot plant power agreement Shanta has with Redavia, the solar plant performance and its scalability

Case Study: Analyzing Hybrid Options for an Operating Mine

Wolfgang Conrad , Vice President for Hybrid Solutions , Belectric

Drawing on real world experience, this presentation will look at the process for analysing hybrid solution options for an operating mine.

  • Assessing the design, sizing and technical data for a mine hybrid solution
  • Meeting a mine’s financial expectations with hybrid designs and timelines

Wolgang Conrad, Vice President for Hybrids & Storage, Belectric


Interactive Panel: Unlocking the Potential of Hybrid Solutions for Diesel-Powered Mines

Chair: Jean-Charles Brun , Sales Manager Smart Generation Solutions , Siemens

Ian Fielding , Consulting Engineer , Shanta Gold

Manuel Duggal , Director , MCD International Energy Solutions

Armel Florent Djeunang , Continuous Improvement Specialist , IAMGOLD

Wolfgang Conrad , Vice President for Hybrid Solutions , Belectric

  • Understanding the power profiles, energy cost realities and goals of remote mining operators
  • How does low oil pricing affect the economics of hybrids for remote mines?
  • How much do other factors impact diesel costs– i.e. transportation, taxation, theft?
  • What concerns do mine operators have around the intermittency of renewables solutions?
  • Insight on technical innovations driving pricing and reliability for hybrid systems
  • How do mines see the energy profile of remote operations changing in the near-term?
  • What other social, environmental and logistical benefits come from diesel-abatement?

Drinks Reception


Close of Day 1


Chair's Opening Remarks

Adrienne Baker , Director , Energy and Mines


Session 4: AM Brief: Energy Storage: The Game-Changer for Renewables for Mines

Chair: Gerhard Van De Berg , Group Energy Engineer , Anglo American Platinum

Richard Brody , VP Business Development & Sales , Primus Power

Jonathan Curren , Managing Director , Camco Clean Energy

Ian Curry , Managing Director , Basil Read Energy

  • What are the latest advances in storage technologies that meet mining’s energy profile?
  • Details on the current economics of various storage applications – are they viable yet?
  • What can be learned from the first storage application for mine at Glencore’s Raglan Mine?
  • Have there been other recent storage applications for mining operations?
  • What can be learned from other projects for large industrial users?
  • How are energy storage providers positioning themselves with the mining sector?
  • How and when will the advancement of storage change the game for renewables for mines?

Keynote Presentation: Energy Challenges and Strategies for Junior and Early-Stage Mines

Paul Loudon , CEO , Diamond Corp

Paul Loudon has over 20 years’ experience in managing junior and exploration stage mining companies. As CEO of Diamond Corp., he manages the strategy for the company’s primary asset in South Africa, the Lace Diamond Mine, which has a +25 year mine life expectancy and is powered by electricity provided by Eskom.

  • Insight from an experienced mining leader on energy challenges for junior and early-stage mines
  • What information would be useful for mines to consider renewables at the pre-feasibility stage?
  • What is the preferred business model for renewable energy giving capital constraints?

Keynote Presentation: Exploring Solutions for Securing Power Supplies

Sam Kobina De Souza , Director of Regional Risk Management and Power , Newmont Ghana

Ghana’s electricity shortfall has had a major impact on mining firms which are now shedding over 30% of electricity forcing them to virtually shutdown operations every three days.

  • Details on the impact of the electricity crisis and management strategies for mines
  • What solutions are being explored to secure power supplies for operations?
  • What is the potential role for renewables in addressing supply shortfalls?

Addressing Energy Challenges for Mining Operators

Seetsele Seetswane , Grid Access Unit -Technical & Engineering Manager , Eskom


The Potential Role of Renewables in Addressing Mining’s Energy Challenges

Dennis Seemela , Head of Licensing , South Africa’s National Energy Regulator (NERSA)

  • An update on current licensing and approvals processes for renewables for South African mines
  • How do renewables fit with current strategies for meeting mining’s energy challenges?

Networking Break


The Economics of Different Power Options for African Mining Operations

Gerhard Wernecke , Senior Project Manager , Cronimet

This presentation will examine the economics of different power choices for mining operations in key African markets to provide an understanding of how the price of renewables compares to grid-power and diesel generation for mining operators.

  • Current price comparisons ($/KW/h) of grid electricity and diesel vs. renewables
  • How will these prices change: what should mines be factoring into their 5-year business plans?
  • Understanding the critical factors that will impact the economics of energy for African mines

Developing an Innovative Approach to Microgrids for Mines

Akram Elhenawy , Global Mining Key Accounts Manager , Caterpillar Microgrid - Electric Power Division


Session 5: Building Finance Models for Renewables for Mines

How to structure financing for renewables for mines is one of the critical questions for this growing market. Mines are capital constrained and some are also facing uncertainty from governments and utilities resulting in shorter-term, five-year business outlooks which complicates capital investment. Mining executives are also seeing a wide variation in pricing and finance models for renewables solutions which has created some confusion. For renewables experts, the quality of the offtaker and the life-of-mine can be major stumbling blocks for investment. This session will examine how to overcome these investment obstacles and develop practical finance models for these projects.


Developing Deal Structures to Adapt to Mining’s Cost and Energy Challenges

Jan Dewulf , Senior Investment Officer , International Finance Corporation

  • Current challenges for financing renewables for mines – offtake guarantees etc.
  • The dynamics of non-recourse financing and typical project deal structures
  • Trends inhibiting investment from mines including commodity pricing, downsizing, and long-term offtake agreements
  • Drivers pushing the energy paradigm shift for African mines including load shedding

Interactive Panel Discussion: Developing Project Finance Models for Renewables for Mines

Chair: Emmanuel Ngulube , Director , E&T Global Investments

Rentia Van Toder , Head of Renewable Energy, Power and Infrastructure , Standard Bank

Daniel Goldstein , Co-Founder , GG Energy Holdings

Sakkie Leimecke , Head of Energy, IE&T , Nedbank Capital

Enrique Collado , General Manager for South Africa , SunEdison

  • What are the most common hurdles for financing these projects for African mines today?
  • Insight on the various ownership models for these deals – pros and cons for mines and IPPs
  • How are lenders addressing these issues given the strong interest from mines and renewables?
  • How can you structure a deal around the life-of-mine and project payback discrepancy?
  • How does country risk play into the success or failure of these deals?
  • Examples of innovative finance solutions – 5-year PPAs, leasing arrangements, etc.
  • When a mine owns the asset, what happens if the operation is shutdown or sold?
  • Is it possible to keep the renewables investment as part of operating expenses for the mine?
  • What do project developers need to feel comfortable with the quality of the offtaker?
  • Could the contract-for-difference model work for large grid-connected mines in this market?

Networking Lunch


Session 6: Exploring Community Infrastructure and Development Bank Investment

Chair: Gabriella von Ille , Director , Lifa Communications

Gary Shu , Senior Energy Advisor , Power Africa

Zubair , Senior Investment Manager , KfW DEG

Tsitsi Musasike , Investment Officer , Development Bank of Southern Africa

Jan Dewulf , Senior Investment Officer , International Finance Corporation

How can mines and renewables experts tap into development and community infrastructure funding for financing renewables for mines? This session will bring together leading development banks to discuss their criteria for investing in these infrastructure projects and the finance models these lenders prefer in combination with traditional banks.

  • Insight on the mandates and key investment criteria of leading development banks
  • How do these institutions see their role in financing renewables for mines in developing countries across Africa?
  • How do development banks analyze country risk when assessing infrastructure investments?
  • Which countries and project types are most attractive for these lenders?
  • What is a good starting point for renewables and mining executives to investigate funding options?
  • Examples where these institutions have taken a lead role in financing energy infrastructure projects for mines and other large industrial users

Session 7: The Role of Bioenergy in Solving Mining’s Energy Crisis

When asked by Energy and Mines which renewable technology is most of interest, a number of Africa-based senior mining executives identified bioenergy first. The combination of this technology’s ability to deliver baseload power, offer waste management capabilities and the potential community benefits make it an attractive solution for mining leaders in this region. This session will examine the challenges and opportunities that bioenergy offers African mines with detailed case studies from new projects.


The Economics of Bioenergy for Mines

Dwight Rosslee , Director , Selectra

Selectra led the development of Harmony Gold’s groundbreaking bioenergy project on mine-impacted lands and is now working with a number of mines to develop biomass and biogas projects across Africa.

  • Details on the favourable economics of biomass and biogas for mining operations
  • How can bioenergy reduce power costs and cut emissions for African mines?
  • Exploring the additional benefits including mine remediation and community development

Networking Break


Interactive Panel Discussion: Bioenergy for Mines - Benefits, Challenges and Applications

Chair: Robbie Louw , Director , Promethium Carbon

Rob Cloete , Technical Director , Selectra

Ray Lombard , Director New Product Development , Clarke Energy South Africa

Fanus Van Wyk , Director , Agreenco

  • Bioenergy for mines 101: Insight on the various applications – vehicle fuels, heat and electricity
  • Insight from mining leaders currently exploring biomass projects – key evaluation criteria etc.
  • Understanding the options for bioenergy energy production and crop sourcing
  • What practicalities do mines need to consider when looking to grow energy crops on mine land?
  • What is the energy cost-saving potential for mines and how do the project economics stack up?
  • How can mines access the additional community and economic benefits of these projects?
  • Ideas on how to address the challenge of sourcing affordable and available energy crops
  • What should mines expect in terms of project implementation timelines?
  • Are there alternative sources of funding for bioenergy projects?
  • Understanding the benefits of including these projects as part of mine closure plans

Chair's Closing Remarks


Wrap-up Drinks


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