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Operations Resume at Nova
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Operations Resume at Nova

Zenith Energy is pleased to advise that mining and processing operations have resumed at IGO Ltd's Nova Operation following a fire which damaged the 10MW power station.

December 22, 2022


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The engine room at Zenith Energy’s power station at Nova

Zenith Energy is pleased to advise that mining and processing operations have resumed at IGO Ltd’s Nova Operation following a fire which damaged the 10MW power station.

Following the incident on 3 December 2022, Zenith and IGO have worked quickly to identify and deploy 14.9MW of new generation capacity to site. This rapid response has minimised disruption to the Nova Operation, and enabled mining activity to recommence on 11 December 2022, and processing operations to resume on 21 December 2022.

IGO’s Acting CEO, Matt Dusci, commented: “I am immensely proud of how our people, with the strong support and commitment of our partner Zenith, have responded to enable a swift and safe recovery from this incident. Their collaboration and professionalism have minimised disruption to Nova and have allowed us to resume operations in a very short time frame.”

The IGO ASX announcement about the recommencement of operations can be viewed here

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

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Liontown Resources signs Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Zenith Energy for largest off-grid renewable hybrid energy power station in Australia
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Liontown Resources signs Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Zenith Energy for largest off-grid renewable hybrid energy power station in Australia

Home News and Blog Liontown Resources Ltd has signed a large-scale renewable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Zenith Energy, which will see the construction of a 95MW hybrid power station at Kathleen Valley in WA’s Goldfields-Esperance region. The PPA for the on-site power station will supply a renewable energy component which includes 30MW of wind […]

December 21, 2022


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An animated impression of the Kathleen Valley project

Liontown Resources Ltd has signed a large-scale renewable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Zenith Energy, which will see the construction of a 95MW hybrid power station at Kathleen Valley in WA’s Goldfields-Esperance region.

The PPA for the on-site power station will supply a renewable energy component which includes 30MW of wind capacity, a 16MWp fixed axis solar PV array, and 17MW/19MWh battery energy storage system (BESS); and a thermal power component comprised of 27MW of gas generation, and 5MW of diesel standby generation. The PPA is for an initial period of 15 years from construction completion.

Zenith Energy will be incentivised to operate what is expected to become the largest off-grid renewable energy hybrid power station in Australia, in a manner which maximises renewable power.

The Liontown Resources ASX announcement can be viewed here.

We’re very pleased to have signed the PPA with Liontown Resources, which enables the partnership to move forward with the next stage of delivery of this industry leading, highly innovative, secure, low carbon emissions hybrid power solution to the Kathleen Valley project. Zenith Energy is proud to continue to play a lead role in the energy transition and to provide our partners with a glide path to net zero.” Hamish Moffat, Managing Director and CEO

Liontown Resources CEO, Tony Ottaviano said the signing of the PPA marked another important construction milestone for the Kathleen Valley Project and helped to achieve the company’s ESG commitments to reduce the carbon footprint. “When fully constructed, this hybrid power station will enable Liontown to exceed our target of achieving at least 60% renewable energy at project start-up and beyond.

Zenith Energy’s commitment to deliver a high-capacity hybrid power solution includes incentives to produce renewable power over thermal power and, together with a renewable energy guarantee, sets us up to meet our renewable energy target of 60 per cent at start up.”

Zenith Energy has progressed the necessary planning, legal, engineering and design works, as well as placing orders for long lead items, each of which is required to facilitate the delivery of the Hybrid Power Station in line with the Kathleen Valley Project schedule.

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Significant Milestones at Zenith Energy

Significant Milestones at Zenith Energy

Last month Zenith Energy made two key announcements that have put a spotlight on our growth ambitions while also highlighting our ability to make strategic decisions to position our company at the forefront of Australia’s energy transition.

October 10, 2022


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Last month Zenith Energy made two key announcements that have put a spotlight on our growth ambitions while also highlighting our ability to make strategic decisions to position our company at the forefront of Australia’s energy transition.

We proudly confirmed the acquisition of Peel Renewable Energy as our first non-resources asset and announced Zenith as the recipient of a Letter of Award from Liontown Resources to Build, Own and Operate what is expected to become the largest remote off-grid renewable energy hybrid power station in the country.

Both announcements represent forward steps on our journey to Net Zero, highlighting our commitment to increasing the proportion of renewable generation in our portfolio and further assist our clients in their journey to decarbonise.

The Liontown Award will enable us to demonstrate our innovation, flexibility, and expertise in delivering low-carbon hybrid power solutions, while also once again raising the industry benchmark in renewable energy integration.

Furthermore, with the thermal components of the power station designed to operate in ‘engine off’ mode at various times, it’s another opportunity for Zenith to showcase the ability of renewables to deliver reliable, continuous supply, to power an entire mining operation.

This aligns with the acquisition of Peel Renewable Energy, which will also see Zenith take on responsibility for the Peel Renewable Microgrid, a vertically integrated generation, distribution, and retail business, supplying power to the Peel Business Park, south of Perth.

It will allow Zenith to leverage our knowledge of islanded generation infrastructure, capitalising on our expertise and skillset, while also providing future opportunities for growth and expansion.

Both projects will also allow Zenith to demonstrate that our innovative power solutions work in real world environments, providing confidence to the sector overall.

It’s a key step in making renewable technologies more available, as it’s only once the technology is proven to be able to be successfully integrated and effective – and able to support industrial loads while also maintaining security of supply – that we can increase demand and allow our technology partners to develop economies of scale.

It’s an exciting time for Zenith and it’s clear we’re embarking on our next chapter of growth as a business, allowing us to continue to play a lead role in the energy transition, while also providing like-minded partners with a glide path to Net Zero.

Read International Mining’s Liontown article here

Read The West Australian Liontown article here

Read Perth Now’s Peel article here

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Zenith Energy Hits Key Milestones at Warrawoona

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Zenith Energy Hits Key Milestones at Warrawoona

Warrawoona is a unique project for Zenith, which we first highlighted earlier this year. It’s been an opportunity for us to showcase our expertise and ability to meet client expectations around reliability, security of supply and reducing overall emissions, while also taking into account the remote location and planning for various contingencies.

September 21, 2022


A few months ago, two 120 tonne LNG bullets made their way from Dampier to Warrawoona, the Caldius-operated mine site near Marble Bar, in what was a complex logistical journey and the next step in Zenith Energy’s commitment to reduce emissions on site.

The arrival of the LNG bullets marked a fresh milestone for the project as work on the gas-fuelled power station is finalised, with commissioning expected to be complete by the end of the month.

Warrawoona is a unique project for Zenith, which we first highlighted earlier this year.

It’s been an opportunity for us to showcase our expertise and ability to meet client expectations around reliability, security of supply and reducing overall emissions, while also taking into account the remote location and planning for various contingencies.

We’ve been consistently supplying power on site since March, after commissioning what is essentially the ‘back up’ diesel power station, which then allowed Calidus to complete its first gold pour in May.

However, in order to facilitate a reduction of emissions, work has also been progressing on a high efficiency gas/solar hybrid power station, which will significantly reduce diesel usage and also eventually overall LNG usage.

The remote location and particular geography on site has meant constructing two power stations and a 4MW DC Solar Farm hasn’t been without its challenges, and we’ve also had to manage external challenges such as supply chain delays, which impacted the expected arrival date of the LNG bullets.

The logistics around moving the bullets also had to be taken into consideration, requiring specialist equipment and personnel, as well as an intimate knowledge of the location to which they were travelling. It was a mammoth operation, taking two days in total, with the final 30 kilometres of gravel road into site taking almost a full day in itself.

However, despite all of this, Zenith is proud to be consistently meeting client expectations, hitting the original deadline for supply of power, and on track to integrate renewable energy generation before the end of the year.

As an ESG enabler for our clients, Zenith is continually working to develop ways to increase renewable penetration and have previously highlighted our collaborations with like-minded companies to ensure we have the technological solutions and expertise within our wheel-house.

We are seeing all this come to fruition at Warrawoona, and we’re also able to leave the door open for a potential expansion of solar penetration if required in the future.

It’s the latest example of Zenith’s commitment to supplying our clients with safe, secure, reliable power generation, and continuing on our journey to achieving Net Zero by 2035. 

Read Australian Mining’s Warrawoona article here

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Zenith Energy and Liontown Resources to Partner on Australia’s Largest Off-Grid Renewable Energy Hybrid Power Station

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Zenith Energy and Liontown Resources to Partner on Australia’s Largest Off-Grid Renewable Energy Hybrid Power Station

Zenith Energy Pty Ltd (Zenith Energy) has received a Letter of Award from Liontown Resources to build, own, and operate what is expected to become the largest off-grid renewable energy hybrid power station in Australia at Liontown’s Kathleen Valley Project.

September 12, 2022


Zenith Energy Pty Ltd (Zenith Energy) has received a Letter of Award from Liontown Resources to build, own, and operate what is expected to become the largest off-grid renewable energy hybrid power station in Australia at Liontown’s Kathleen Valley Project.

The award was announced to the ASX on Monday September 12, and will see Zenith Energy construct a 95MW hybrid power station at Kathleen Valley in WA’s Goldfields-Esperance region, which includes 30MW of wind capacity, 16MWp fixed axis solar PV array, and 17MW/19MWh battery energy storage system (BESS).

The partnership will allow Zenith Energy to demonstrate its innovation, flexibility, and expertise to deliver low-carbon emitting hybrid power solutions.

We are proud to continue to play a lead role in the energy transition, and to provide like-minded partners with a glide path to Net Zero.

The project also further demonstrates our continued commitment to increasing the proportion of renewable generation in our portfolio.

The thermal components of the power station are designed to operate in ‘engine off’ mode at various times, delivering 100% renewable energy generation to Kathleen Valley.

It’s an exciting opportunity for Zenith Energy to showcase our expertise, and the ability of renewables to deliver reliable, continuous supply, to power an entire mining operation.

We believed it will once again raise the industry benchmark in renewable energy integration and demonstrates our commitment to power decarbonisation.

Other unique aspects of the agreement include;

Largest Off-Grid Hybrid Power Station in Australia: The hybrid power station is currently expected to have the largest off-grid renewable capacity of any mining project in the country, with 46MW + 17MW BESS.

Renewable Incentives: A combination of incentives to produce renewable power over thermal power together with a renewable energy guarantee will allow Liontown to meet and exceed its renewable energy factor target of 60% at startup and beyond.

Liontown Managing Director and CEO Tony Ottaviano says Liontown is delighted to partner with such an experienced and highly competent power producer.

“We believe Zenith Energy is an ideal partner to delivery an industry leading hybrid power station to meet Liontown’s energy needs and requirements for a high-capacity renewable solution.”

“The hybrid power station proposed will enable Liontown to exceed our target of achieving at least 60% renewable energy at Project start-up and beyond.”

Zenith Energy is engaged with Traditional Owners, recently announcing a collaboration with Tjiwarl Contracting Services to work together to deliver low carbon emission power solutions for miners and communities on Tjiwarl native title determined lands.

Zenith Energy and Liontown have agreed key commercial terms and are working to finalise arrangements under a binding long term Build, Own and Operate (BOO) Power Purchase Agreement.

Read Business News Liontown article here

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Zenith Energy Acquires Peel Renewable Energy

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Zenith Energy Acquires Peel Renewable Energy

Zenith Energy is proud to confirm it has acquired its first non-resources asset in Peel Renewable Energy, taking ownership of WA’s first renewable industrial microgrid.

September 05, 2022


The unique deal sees Zenith take on responsibility for the Peel Renewable Microgrid, a vertically integrated generation, distribution, and retail business, supplying power to the Peel Business Park, a new industrial estate south of Perth being developed by DevelopmentWA, Western Australia’s State Government land developer.

The acquisition will see Zenith take ownership and operational control of the Peel Renewable Microgrid, including the 22kv electricity distribution network, the current 1.2MW solar array and 2.5MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) as well as the smart grid connection to the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).

The onsite renewable generation and battery storage assets are expected to grow to upwards of 50MW over the next decade, matching the growth in the development area and customer numbers at the Peel Business Park.

The acquisition is the first step in our diversification strategy, and positions the company at the forefront of Australia’s energy transition.

Furthermore, Peel Renewable Energy represents an exciting opportunity to enter the urban microgrid segment in WA and leverages our knowledge of islanded generation infrastructure.

Given our extensive expertise in hybrid behind the meter generation and distribution, including in remote areas, the acquisition of the Peel Renewable Energy business aligns perfectly with our overall strategy and skillset, while also providing opportunity for growth and expansion.

It also continues to demonstrate Zenith’s commitment to increasing the proportion of renewable generation in our portfolio.

The expansion of the Peel Renewable Microgrid in coming years, and the ability to leverage this platform to establish similar new projects offers attractive growth opportunities within Zenith’s portfolio, which will be supported by staff at Peel Renewable Energy.

Management at Peel Renewable Energy will become part of the Zenith team, supporting development at the Peel Business Park and assisting in boosting operational capability and growth of the Peel Renewable Microgrid – the deal is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved.

Existing arrangements between Peel Renewable Energy and DevelopmentWA will continue, including the long-term contract to provide electrical infrastructure and renewable energy supply and services to customers in the Peel Business Park.

Read Asian Power’s article here

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How an Investment in People is Helping to Deal with Key Challenges in the Industry

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How an Investment in People is Helping to Deal with Key Challenges in the Industry

As the mining and resources industry – and others – continue to deal with Australia’s tight labour market, supply chain congestion and global uncertainty, we at Zenith Energy believe our ability to tackle these issues head on is the result of having the right people within our team, and a strong workplace culture.

August 16, 2022


As the mining and resources industry – and others – continue to deal with Australia’s tight labour market, supply chain congestion and global uncertainty, we at Zenith Energy believe our ability to tackle these issues head on is the result of having the right people within our team, and a strong workplace culture.

While supplying power to remote mine sites is a challenge in and of itself, the last two years has added pressure in other areas.

Recruitment has been our biggest issue of the past 24 months, and while I believe we’re through the worst of it now that Western Australia’s border has reopened, it’s still a very tight labour market.

Added to that is supply chain congestion and general global uncertainty, which is pushing up prices in many areas, and you can understand the difficulties we’re facing as a company.

However, we’re getting through it because at the heart of company is good, experienced people, and we strongly believe in the value of communication.

Zenith Energy has worked hard to build a strong workplace culture over the past 15 years, and it’s paying dividends.

Knowledge and accountability are among our core values, and we’re seeing this play out in what has been a challenging couple of years.

For example, where supply chain congestion has pushed back arrival times for vital infrastructure, we know we have the right people in place to demonstrate to clients that we are experienced at developing innovative solutions, and we can communicate those solutions effectively.

We invite our clients into our wheelhouse so they can see what we do, and how we do it. And that’s working well for us.

Our commitment to communication is also assisting in dealing with other key issues;

  • Recruitment: With WA’s unemployment rate sitting at 3.4% in June, and the national rate at 3.5%, recruitment is likely to be tough for a while longer. However, Zenith is also looking at employee incentives beyond money, offering training, upskilling and growth opportunities. This in turn creates longevity and loyalty among staff, further boosting the company culture.

  • Global Uncertainty: Aside from pushing up the cost of doing business, global uncertainty is also impacting commodity prices. The value of open, two-way communication between Zenith and our clients is essential to ensure we’re on the same page moving forward, and no one is surprised by sudden changes.

The rise in global fuel prices is also impacting the industry, and while Zenith is insulated somewhat by not supplying fuel in most instances, it’s resulting in some companies taking a fresh look at renewables.

While renewables can be seen as an expensive capital investment, the soaring cost of oil, diesel and gas means renewable power generation becomes a more attractive longer-term investment.

We’re also seeing technology advances making installation of renewables more cost-effective and time efficient compared to even a few years ago, which makes it more attractive again.

An emerging challenge we’re anticipating in coming years will be addressing the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) expectations of clients, especially in the context of meeting our own 2035 target for Net Zero.

But, the great thing about that challenge, is that once again we know we have the right people in place.

There are still many paths to travel, but we’re in a good spot as we have a lot of really smart people to take on that responsibility, and showcase their knowledge and experience. I’m confident we have some exciting times coming.

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Industry First 100% Renewable Energy Generation to go ahead on WA Mine

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Industry First 100% Renewable Energy Generation to go ahead on WA Mine

Zenith Energy is proud to build on our partnership with IGO – to begin powering the Nova mine-site 100% with renewable energy continuously for up to nine hours – in what will be an industry first.

January 21, 2022


Zenith currently own and operate a hybrid power station at the Nova nickel site in the WA Goldfields and will now expand the renewable generation to successfully operate ‘engine off’ for up to nine consecutive hours a day.

The site is currently powered through a combination of solar and diesel engine generation. By adding an additional 10MW of solar panels, and a 10MWh Battery Energy Storage System the system expansion will allow for 100 percent renewable power generation during daylight hours, weather conditions withstanding.

It’s an important next step on the journey to Net Zero and will set a new industry benchmark in terms of continuous operation of a mine site exclusively on renewable energy, and the integration of renewable energy into a mine site’s power system.

This project sends a strong message to the industry that powering an entire site completely on renewables is possible today.

Here at Zenith, we’re taking on the responsibility of not only developing the concepts to advance renewable solutions, but also piloting and proving the integration of technologies needed.

The Nova project will require us to integrate specific technology into the power system to provide inertia and stability, ensuring a continuous, reliable supply of power.

It will demonstrate a number of key points;

  • ‘Engine Off’ is Achievable: While there are currently non-industrial micro-grids operating on 100% renewables, the Nova project will prove it’s possible to use 100% renewables to meet the demands of an operational mine site. It will also prove the ability for sites to go ‘engine off’ for consecutive hours, without interruption to supply.

  • Battery Technology: The integrated Battery Energy Storage System is a key component of achieving ‘engine off’, storing sufficient power to ensure supply and reliability of the system is not compromised.

  • Relocatable Renewables: Once tenure at Nova ends, the solar panels and battery on site will be relocated to another site in what will be the first practical demonstration at scale of relocatable renewable energy. Proving this will assist in reducing barriers to capital expenditure, as renewable assets are used in multiple locations over their life span. It will also fast-track deployment of solar and further emission reductions across Zenith’s legacy portfolio.

  • Reducing Emissions is Realistic and Achievable on Existing Sites: The Nova project will highlight that 100% renewable energy penetration can be sustainably achieved and replicated on other sites across Australia now, without having to wait for further advancements in technology. For sites where renewables are already part of the power generation system, where land permits increasing renewable assets to go engine-off is a natural next step on the pathway to net zero.

While the Nova site will continue to rely on diesel generated power overnight and during inclement weather conditions, this project is a key next step on the journey to 100% renewable power generation 24 hours a day.

Zenith is already looking at what subsequent steps are needed to achieve this ultimate goal, including how we facilitate higher levels of renewable penetration, and integration of long duration storage.

It’s an exciting time not just for Zenith as a company, but for the entire industry. We’re making real progress in the decarbonization space and what that might look like for the sector moving forward.

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Calidus Warrawoona Renewables

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Calidus Warrawoona Renewables

In order for the mining and resources sector to take meaningful steps toward cutting carbon emissions, it’s critical that companies have the option to integrate renewables into existing infrastructure, and existing power supply contracts.

December 25, 2021


In order for the mining and resources sector to take meaningful steps toward cutting carbon emissions, it’s critical that companies have the option to integrate renewables into existing infrastructure, and existing power supply contracts.

As one of Australia’s leading power producers, we at Zenith Energy are putting our flexible Power Purchase Agreements into action to help mines get on track with emission targets by replacing outdated technologies over time.

Zenith are currently building a 19MW power station at the Calidus Warrawoona mine site near Marble Bar in the Pilbara, with primary power provided by a 10MW LNG station with full diesel redundancy. The power station is set to become operational early to mid 2022.

As an ESG enabler for clients, Zenith are continually working to reduce emissions within our portfolio, and the introduction of our unique PPAs has been a key part of this.

The flexibility and transparency built into the contracts means as renewable technology becomes more economically viable, outdated technologies are replaced.

This is playing out at the Warrawoona site, where we recently committed to the supply, installation and commissioning of a 4MW DC Solar Farm, as well as a 3MW/3MWh AC Battery Energy Storage System.

The hybrid power station configuration will result in a reduction in gas use, which in turn results in a reduction in emissions, around 13 percent less than the initially contracted gas only station.

The decision to integrate solar generation and a battery storage system at the Warrawoona site is the result of ongoing discussions with the client about developing renewable solutions, and implementing onsite where possible.

It’s another step forward in the ongoing journey to Net Zero.

The Australian Government has now formalised a Net Zero target for 2050. However, Zenith Energy are confident we can achieve zero emissions sooner, by 2035, and have a number of motivations for doing so.

  • Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance: Zenith are committed to leading the way on sustainable power generation within the mining and resources sector and assisting clients in emission reduction.

  • Consumer/Investor Drive: Consumers and investors are increasingly making decisions based on the carbon footprint of companies, and are demanding businesses take on greater environmental responsibility. This is manifesting itself in the cost of funding for projects. Goldman Sachs have stated that the cost of carbon is being priced into the cost of funding. Zenith are listening to those conversations, and are actively working to decarbonise our current portfolio, and integrate renewable power generation on future projects. 

  • Cost of CO2/Carbon Tariffs: Various countries are considering implementing carbon tariffs, as part of wider action on climate change, but also to ensure companies moving toward zero emissions aren’t disadvantaged in doing so. Impacts of carbon tariffs on Australian miners are widely forecast to have an impact.

  • For The Good of The Planet: A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found sustained global efforts to mitigate greenhouse gases are required, in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Zenith are committed to bringing clients on the Net Zero journey with us, and rather than wait for renewable solutions to be developed, we are proactively searching for answers.

As part of this Zenith are also working with Original Equipment Manufacturers to develop and test new technologies, to allow us to integrate these solutions as the technology is proven and becomes economically viable.

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