Vivo Energy and Robex Resources Power Mine in Mali with Solar + Storage

Industry News –Thursday, October 29, 2020

Vivo Energy, marketer and distributor of Shell and Engen-branded fuels and lubricants in Africa, and Canadian mining company Robex Resources Inc announced an agreement for Vivo Energy to supply solar power combined with a battery storage system to the Nampala mine for 5 to 15 years.

Robex Resources operates the Nampala mine in Mali. Vivo Energy Mali has supplied fuels and lubricants to the Nampala mine since it reached commercial production in 2017.

Both companies have committed to increasing energy efficiency and entered into a partnership to produce and store solar energy on site. This hybrid production and supply project, includes a 3.9 MWp solar photovoltaic power plant and a 2.6 MWh battery which, through the energy management system, will be fully integrated with the mine's existing thermal power plant to ensure a continuous supply of power to the mine at all times and at a lower cost.

Commenting on the transaction, Christian Chammas, CEO Vivo Energy said: “This project with Robex Resources is Vivo Energy’s first contract with one of our commercial customers to provide fuel, joined with a hybrid solar energy solution. We believe the benefits of our innovative partnership of bringing a total energy solution to our commercial customers are many and we look forward to expanding our offering to our present and future customer base to help reduce their costs and CO2 emissions.”

Benjamin Cohen, CEO Robex Resources said: “We are proud to introduce solar power into our mining business. This energy will allow us to reduce our carbon impact by around 60,000 tonnes over ten years, to have an additional source of energy to stabilize our electricity production and to reduce our production costs, which are already among the lower in the world. It is expected that this installation will reduce the current cost of mine activities by $ 0.04 per kilowatt.”

Khadidiatou Fall, the new Managing Director of Vivo Energy Mali added: “I am very excited to launch this ground-breaking project for us. Our mining customers are always looking for ways to reduce their operational costs and increase their sustainability. Through this hybrid solar / fuel solution we are helping them achieve both.”

Source & Image: Vivo Energy |

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