ENERGY Developments (EDL) has entered into conditional agreements with AngloGold Ashanti to expand and extend power supply arrangements at the gold miners Sunrise Dam mine in Western Australia.

EDL’s power station capacity will increase by 6 megawatts to 27MW, with the new agreement extending its current arrangements at Sunrise Dam by ten years to December 2025.

The expansion works include replacing 2MW of existing diesel generation with the deployment of 8MW of high efficiency medium speed gas generators.

EDL will manage the integration with existing gas and diesel powered facilities to minimise disruption to AGA’s operations.

Construction of the new power station facilities will occur concurrently with a new gas pipeline that will supply natural gas to the mine.

Operation of the expanded power station is proposed to start in December next year.

EDL managing director Greg Pritchard said the company and AngloGold Ashanti had worked together for over 20 years.

“We are delighted to secure the expansion and extension of existing arrangements to meet the current and future energy needs of the Sunrise Dam Mine,” he said.

Sunrise Dam, 55 kilometres south of the township of Laverton, began production in 1997 and produces about 270,000 ounces of gold annually.