Energyst had to deal with many challenges from the start

Everything kept on changing, except for Energysts dedication

Brendan Moseley, Stage 2 General Manager, Société d’Exploration de Kipoi

Responding to changed requirements.

August 2013, Societe d’Exploration de Kipoi (SEK) invited Energyst invited to a tender clarification session at the copper mine site. There, the Energyst team was informed about a change in the power requirements. Putting their heads together, working through the night to deliver a successful new proposal by the deadline of midday the following day, Energyst’s team of professionals were awarded the tender. Vinesh Surajlall, business unit director Sub Saharan Africa: “We even delivered our proposal before the deadline.” This was just the beginning of the Real Energy that was needed to meet the many challenges on-site…

Energyst had to deal with many challenges from the start.

Johan Botha, Operations Manager at Energyst: “Port Authorities were on strike, which delayed the delivery time to site by three weeks. And then there was a big challenge concerning space: allocated areas were too small for the IPP plant and civil work had to be redone, right in the middle of the rain season,” he remembers.

“Port Authorities were on strike, which delayed

the delivery time to site by three weeks”

Johan Botha

Operations Manager at Energyst Sub Saharan Africa

Professional service around the clock.

The Energyst team brought together the skills, talent, and initiative that allowed them to overcome the many difficulties encountered on the project. The installation team, for instance, adapted to severe restrictions on the space available, using fuel bladders instead of much larger tanks. In general, Energyst’s understanding of mining operations, and of the challenges of local climates and infrastructures around the globe, means that a solution – standard or custom – is always nearby. Also, Energyst is used to servicing on-site and long term, as is required in case of The Kipoi Copper Project is a continuous operation. That is why the Energyst support team provides professional service around the clock: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The complete custom project will be installed in two phases.

Vinesh Surajlall, business unit director Sub Saharan Africa: “The first phase of the Kipoi Copper Mining project comprises a 12 MW power supply that will run during the complete six-year period of the contract. The second phase, which will ramp up the supply by a further 16 MW to 28 MW, will only be realised if the local grid, SNEL, cannot supply the required infrastructure and power in time. In that case, phase 2 will run for the remainder of the six-year contract during which time Energyst will continue to supply all the operational staff.”


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