In line with AECI’s objective to reduce electricity supply risks and prioritise renewable energy alternatives, the company has installed and commissioned a 1MW solar project at Chem Park, its AECI Chemicals manufacturing site in Johannesburg. The Chem Park project marks the first stage of a four-phase solar programme approved by the AECI Executive Committee in 2021. Ultimately, 14.3MW per annum of solar powered electricity will be generated at selected AECI operating sites in South Africa.
The project is in line with AECI’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) and broader sustainability targets, which includes reducing its reliance on fossil fuels and limiting its carbon footprint. In addition, these initiatives strengthen the company’s ability to supply product and services to its customers in South Africa.
Another two renewable energy installations are scheduled for commissioning within the first quarter of 2024 at major production facilities. AECI Mining Chemicals, in Sasolburg, is scheduled to bring 1.5MW online, while AECI Mining Explosives, in Modderfontein, will commission 4MW of energy supply.
“Both sites play key roles in our country’s mining sector value chain. The decrease in the use of fossil fuels contributes to the positive effect on the overall carbon footprint of this industry,” says Holger Riemensperger, AECI Chief Executive.
“Climate change is one of the most complex and pressing issues facing humanity today and global understanding of the phenomenon continues to evolve. It is critical that businesses devise appropriate response strategies. AECI, therefore remains committed to pursuing a greener business footprint and delivering sustainable solutions for a better world,” Riemensperger concluded.
Chem Park Facility – Aeriel view of solar project