Reducing BHP’s Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions at its Leinster and Mount Keith nickel operations
The Northern Goldfields Solar Project was initiated under a power purchase agreement between BHP Nickel West and TransAlta. The goal? To provide fuel savings and reduce BHP’s scope 2 electricity greenhouse gas emissions from its Leinster and Mount Keith nickel mines by 540,000 tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) over the first 10 years of operation. We’re currently working as the project management consultant for TransAlta on the development and execution of two solar farms and a battery energy storage system that will serve this goal.
The project includes a 27.4-megawatt Mount Keith solar farm, a 10.7-megawatt Leinster solar farm, a 10.1-megawatt / 5.4-megawatt-hour Leinster battery energy storage system, and interconnecting transmission infrastructure—all of which will be integrated into TransAlta’s 169-megawatt Southern Cross Energy North remote network.
This renewable energy project is the first solar photovoltaic build in Australia for TransAlta, the first large-scale onsite solar farm and battery that BHP has commissioned, and supports BHP’s emissions reduction targets—delivering lower-carbon, sustainable nickel to its customers.
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