OML has been informed that its gold production has one of the lowest carbon footprints of gold mining producers. This is due to the comparatively high grade (gold content) of the ore and the simplicity of processing. OML has examined and implemented various changes to reduce its energy requirement.
The neighboring area is very suitable for the introduction of medium scale wind turbine power generation to provide electricity for the processing plant. OML understands that there is a current moratorium on planning applications for such units locally, although the locality is amongst the most reliable for wind energy in Western Europe. Solar generation is also a possible future opportunity on the site, subject to the relevant approvals.