Energy centre (stage 1) for a Mining and Processing Plant
In 2012, the MKC Group of Companies started cooperation with the largest gold mining enterprise of Russia – Uzhuralzoloto Group of Companies, JSC. In 2013, the first power plant for this facility was built at the mine «Central» in Plast. The electric capacity of the energy centre amounted to 16 MW, the object was erected in record-breaking time – 3 months, and, according to the representatives of OAO IDGC of Urals – branch «Chelyabenergo», became the generating object most correctly linked to the network in the whole territory under their jurisdiction.
With the first power plant's launch the JSC «UGC» reached a new level of power efficiency. The energy savings that the own mini-MPP allowed to achieve became significant: with the launch of a new station the price of electric power for the miners decreased threefold, and heat power, as a by-product, became free of charge. That is why the «UGC» found it possible to share their heat power with the city, «to warm» the Plastovsky orphanage and a Mining and Technical college.
Mini-MPP operates in cogeneration mode (simultaneous electric and heat power generation), thanks to which the total efficiency reached 90%, providing economy-efficient fuel consumption. Natural gas is used as fuel. The energy centre operates in parallel mode with the external network. The payback period of the facility is 3 years.
In 2013 this object became the winner of the International Award «Distributed Power Generation – Great Achievements» in the nomination «Best project in the field of Distributed Power Generation – capacity – 5 MW.»
The first successful experience inspired the JSC «UGC» management to continue the cooperation. Over the next 7 years, the MKC Group of Companies implemented six more projects for the miners. Increased the capacity of Plastovsky mini-MPP to 24,4 MW (three stages). Has built new power plants at the Svetlinskaya Gold Mining Factory (4 MW) and Bereznyakovsky Mining and Processing Plant (8 MW – two stages). The total capacity of the facilities introduced by the MKC Group of Companies for «Uzhuralzoloto Group of Companies» amounted to 54,4 MW.
Main equipment – Caterpillar G3520E 2 MW – 8 units