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Certarus partners with McEwen Mining to provide energy solution for mine air heating


Industry

November 29, 2021
By Maryam Farag


Industries

Photo: Certarus Ltd.

Certarus Ltd. entered into a long-term agreement with McEwen Mining Inc. to convert and supply the Fox Complex in Matheson, Ontario with compressed natural gas (CNG) for mine air heating in the underground ventilation system.

CNG will be used to replace propane as the primary fuel for heating at both the Froome and Black Fox Mines.

“Certarus specializes in delivering lower carbon fuel options to customers in isolated areas – and it doesn’t get more remote than the bottom of an open pit mine. While the site poses a few logistical challenges, we can safely deliver clean CNG to help McEwen maintain operations, reduce emissions, and improve environmental performance at the Fox Complex. This is our first time mobilizing in a pit mine, and it serves as another great example that Certarus can deliver low carbon energy solutions to our customers, anywhere they operate,” said Curtis Philippon, President and CEO, Certarus.

“At McEwen Mining, we are constantly looking for new ways to improve the environmental performance of our operations. With Certarus’ mobile CNG delivery, we hfuave a better option to heat our mines, without having to install and store permanent fuel tanks. We can lower costs, simplify fuel logistics, and reduce our carbon footprint. That’s a big win for our business,” said Rory Greyvensteyn, Director of Operations, McEwen Mining Canada.

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