Orezone Enters Into Life of Mine LNG and Solar Power Contract for Bomboré and Provides Development Update
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Orezone Gold Corporation (TSX.V: ORE, OTCQX: ORZCF) (the “Company” or “Orezone”) is very pleased to announce that it has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) with Genser Energy Burkina S.A. (“Genser”) for the supply of clean energy electrical power for its Bomboré Gold Project, located in Burkina Faso.
- Genser will use liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) as its main fuel, augmented with a staged solar plant. The Bomboré project will be the first mine in Burkina Faso to use LNG to power its operations.
- Fixed rate energy tariff will apply over the life-of-mine (“LOM”) oxide operation with a fixed rate tariff to be negotiated for the additional energy demand upon commissioning of the sulphide processing circuit expected in Year 3 of commercial production.
- The Power Plant will consist of 6 (six) 2.5MW LNG generators with 4 (four) 2.6MW diesel back-up units. This configuration is sized for the initial oxide operation and the planned sulphide expansion.
- A Solar Photovoltaic Plant up to 14MWp to be installed in stages with an 11kV powerline to connect the gas and backup diesel generators, and solar plant.
- Genser will design, permit, finance, and install all power generating equipment and associated infrastructure including LNG storage and diesel storage terminals.
- Genser will be the operator and owner of the power plant facility.
Mr. Patrick Downey, President & CEO stated, “We are extremely excited to be the first mine in Burkina Faso to use a LNG and solar hybrid power supply. Besides being an excellent cost-effective choice for Bomboré, we also see this new power solution as being a very positive step for the Burkina Faso mining and electricity generating sectors. LNG power systems, coupled with solar, will enable energy intensive industries such as mining to reduce fuel consumption, decrease energy costs, and significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions. We are very pleased to partner with Genser, an internationally recognized power provider, in this landmark arrangement. We would also like to thank the Government of Burkina Faso and the Minister of Mines and Energy for their guidance and assistance in this process.
This LOM fixed cost agreement for clean energy from Genser provides power cost certainty over LOM oxide production at Bomboré and provides an excellent platform for project expansion and growth.”
The Honourable Dr. Bachir Ismael Ouedraogo, The Minister of Mines and Energy for Burkina Faso stated, “Having the first LNG plant at a mining operation is a great step forward for the industry and we congratulate Orezone in this regard. As a government, we continue to support clean energy alternatives that provides a platform for sustainable growth and benefits our communities.”
Significant progress has been made during Q1 and Q2 of 2021. Engineering is now approximately 30% complete and on schedule. Design and bulk quantities from this work are trending favorably against the quantity estimates used in the 2019 feasibility study.
Procurement is well-advanced with firm orders placed for most mechanical and electrical equipment with purchase costs generally below budget estimates.
Bulk materials including concrete reinforcing bar and embeds, CIL tank platework, structural steel and platework, HDPE liner, and overland piping have also been ordered with costs also trending within budget.
Off-channel reservoir mining, earthworks for the plant site area and tailings storage facility are rapidly advancing, and the award of the contracts for concrete installation and CIL tank erection and overland piping are imminent. The project remains on track for first gold pour in Q3-2022.
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Genser Energy Holdings Ltd. is an energy solutions provider based in the USA with operations in Ghana and early-stage projects in Burkina Faso. Genser build, own, and operate distributed generation installations and natural gas distribution infrastructure, selling power and natural gas to mines, industries, and utilities. Genser Energy Burkina S.A. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Genser Energy Holdings Ltd.
About Orezone Gold Corporation
Orezone Gold Corporation (TSX.V: ORE OTCQX: ORZCF) is a Canadian development company which owns a 90% interest in Bomboré, one of the largest undeveloped gold deposits in Burkina Faso.
The 2019 feasibility study highlights Bomboré as an attractive shovel-ready gold project with forecasted annual gold production of 118,000 ounces over a 13+ year mine life at an All-In Sustaining Cost of US$730/ounce with an after-tax payback period of 2.5 years at an assumed gold price of US$1,300/ounce. Bomboré is underpinned by a mineral resource base in excess of 5 million gold ounces and possesses significant expansion potential. Orezone is fully funded to bring Bomboré into production with the first gold pour scheduled for Q3-2022.
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