Wärtsilä to Supply Power Plant for West Africa’s Largest Electricity Project this Year
The technology group Wärtsilä will deliver a turnkey power plant to provide electricity for the Phase Two expansion of the Tasiast mine located in Mauritania. The contract has been signed with Tasiast Mauritanie Ltd, a subsidiary of Kinross Gold Corporation, the Canada-based gold mining company. The order was booked in November 2017.
The 60 MW plant is the biggest project of its type in West Africa in 2017 and is expected to supply the electricity needed to run the mine at the expanded capacity of 30,000 tonnes per day.
The Phase Two project is expected to generate significant positive economic benefits for Mauritania and its people through additional taxes, duties, wages and locally supplied goods and services. Wärtsilä is appreciative of the support of the Government of Mauritania during its seven years of operation in the country, and continues to maintain a cooperative and constructive relationship with the Government and other local stakeholders.
“Wärtsilä has worked with Kinross earlier, and there is no better endorsement of customer satisfaction than to win a repeat order. This Engineering, Procurement and Construction project indicates the broad scope of Wärtsilä’s capabilities,” commented Marie-Andrée Truchi, Senior Business Development Manager, Africa West, Wärtsilä Energy Solutions.
The plant will operate using six Wärtsilä 32TS engines. Commercial production at Phase Two is expected to begin in Q3 2020. Wärtsilä also delivered the power generating engines for the 19 MW power plant serving the Tasiast mine’s phase 1B project.
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions in brief
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions is a leading global energy system integrator offering a broad range of environmentally sound solutions. Our offering includes ultra-flexible internal combustion engine based power plants, utility-scale solar PV power plants, energy storage & integration solutions, as well as LNG terminals and distribution systems. The flexible and efficient Wärtsilä solutions provide customers with superior value and enable a transition to a more sustainable and modern energy system. As of 2017, Wärtsilä has 65 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world.
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2016, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.