Wartsila to equip 44-MW hybrid power plant at Saudi gold mine
Image by Wärtsilä (www.wartsila.com).
Finnish technology group Wartsila Corp (HEL:WRT1V) has secured a contract to engineer and equip a 44-MW power plant with a solar component for a new gold mine in Saudi Arabia.
The order came from Indian company Larsen & Toubro Ltd, one of the two main contractors for the Mansourah & Massarah Gold Project of Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden).
Wartsila will supply six Wärtsilä 32 engines for the project. These engines can reach full power within minutes of being started, the company explains, which is important for the efficient integration of solar energy into the fossil-fuelled system.
The Finnish company did not say how much of the hybrid power plant’s output will be solar. It will deliver the equipment within 10 months from the contract signing, which took place in March. The power plant is to be commissioned by May 2021 and reach commercial operations a year later.
“Reliability is key for any gold mine for securing uninterrupted operations and targeted revenues in all occasions. The dedicated power plant will ensure that the mine can operate on a reliable and economical supply of electricity,” said Amit Swarnkar of Larsen & Turbo.
The Mansourah & Massarah project is the biggest gold project of Ma’aden. It is planned to produce an average of 250,000 ounces of gold annually. Finnish company Outotec Oyj (HEL:OTE1V) and Larsen & Toubro were awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the greenfield mineral concentrator and gold processing plant in April 2019.