Barrick gold mine
Barrick Gold + Wärtsilä

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Gas power plant solution to ensure baseload capacity in Nevada

Wärtsilä supplied a 116 MW gas power plant for the Canadian gold mining company Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc.'s mine project in Nevada, USA. The plant was delivered to the customer under a turnkey delivery contract, and it comprises fourteen 20V34SG engines. The power station was started up in October 2005.

“Wärtsilä’s generator sets addressed our critical issues better than did simple cycle gas turbine technology,” said Larry Morasse, Construction Manager for Barrick. “The reciprocating engine technology demonstrated clear superiority in several areas: almost no water usage, minimal time required for startup, flexible load-following characteristics and price. In addition, Wärtsilä’s generators were more efficient in the hot, dry and high-altitude conditions at the project site in Nevada.” The engines will operate at an altitude of 1300 metres at the Barrick site without suffering de-ration, unlike traditional gas turbine technology.

Barrick’s Goldstrike property consists of an open pit mine, two underground mines and two large milling facilities. Barrick’s parent company, Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corporation, is a leading international gold mining company, with operating mines and development projects in the USA, Canada, Australia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Tanzania.

WhoBarrick Gold
What116 MW baseload power plant
WhereNevada, USA

This is what we achieved


MW baseload gas power plant provided under a turnkey delivery contract.


Meters of altitude at the Barrick site without suffering de-ration.

14 x

W20V34SG to provide reliable baseload capability.

Wärtsilä’s engine technology proved able to meet our needs better than simple cycle gas turbine technology.

Larry Morasse, Construction Manager, Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc.

How we did it

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  • Remote location in high-altitude conditions
  • Need for flexibility and minimal time for startup
  • Need for profitable and environmentally friendly generation capacity
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  • Fast starting and loading capabilities
  • Best up and down ramp rates in the industry
  • Easy maintenance engine for reliable operations
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  • The optimal balancer for renewables
  • Reduced environmental footprint
  • Supported by Wärtsilä Lifecycle solutions
Barrick gold mine

The main details

CustomerBarrick Goldstrike mines Inc.
TypeWärtsilä 20V34SG baseload power plant
WhereNevada, USA
Total output116 MW
FuelNatural gas

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