Improving productivity and power quality at a gold mine

“With the power quality issues at stake, the overall performance of the system has been improved considerably. Performance of the Merus® STATCOM has met our expectations.”

Mr. Elco Grobler, Project Engineer

Challenges in the customer’s gold mine

The mine is powered by a combination of diesel and hydropower. In addition to this, there are several VSDs and a large DC winder that generate harmonics in the system. Power transfer is a problem due to the losses in the long transmission lines from the hydropower station.

Furthermore, there is a large DC rock winder controlled by a 12-pulse rectifier which draws large amounts of reactive power, resulting in severe voltage fluctuations due to the relatively weak power supply.

Our Merus® Solution

Merus Power and its regional engineering partner provided a complete turnkey solution for the gold mine. Merus® STATCOM was incorporated in the total solution offered to the end customer which includes several harmonic filter banks together with a Merus® STATCOM to improve the power factor, and reduce harmonics and voltage fluctuations in the system.

The equipment comprised the following:

  • 4 x 11kV 4MVAr C-type 5th harmonic filters
  • 2 x 11kV 4MVAr 3rd harmonic filters
  • 1 x 10.4MVAr containerized Merus® STATCOM system

Results after installation

The harmonic filter banks offered necessary reactive power compensation in order to maintain the unity power factor (PF) throughout the load cycle of the mine. In addition, they also provided harmonic filtering, ensuring a reduction of harmonics in the network.

Thanks to the effective and fast response time of Merus® STATCOM the winder’s reactive power absorption and voltage drop were reduced, ensuring stable system voltages. Production downtime thus has been significantly reduced. Now, fewer generators are required to support the fluctuating load which has resulted in significant savings.

Segment / Application

Mining Industry with DC winders



Power quality issue

  • Harmonics
  • Reactive power
  • Voltage fluctuations

Merus® Solution

Customer Benefits

  • Improved Power Factor
  • Reduced Harmonics
  • Longer service life of equipment
  • Optimized plant operation
  • Reduced plant downtime
  • Improved voltage regulation
  • Generator fuel savings

Do you have any questions?

Please contact one of our salespeople with questions and inquiries.

Markus Ovaskainen


Aki Tiira

Sales Manager,

Ville Julin

Sales Manager,
Energy Storage, Europe

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