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How can operations seem easy during challenging times? Having a common vision and transparent dialogue.

Wärtsilä North America, Local news, 27 July 2020 at 08:00 UTC+2
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  • Suriname Team

For our Energy client, Newmont, in Suriname, the key to safety, quality and steady operations is making preventive maintenance a priority with the support of Wärtsilä. The Merian Gold Mine Power Station personnel work on a rotation basis, and when the country planned to close borders due to the pandemic, together, our teams, came up with a speedy plan on how to keep the cadence of the preventive maintenance services carried out at the power station.   

“We can rely on Wärtsilä, regardless of the challenge” says Tommy Faltmars, Head of Operations at Newmont Suriname Power Station. “We demand a reliable service with top quality and strict safety standards” says Faltmars, who leads a team of 40 professionals for the last 4 years. The company has achieved and celebrates over 1300 days with zero accidents.

Despite the threat of the pandemic, Merian Gold Mine in Suriname enjoyed a top and steady load from the power plant which continually provides electricity to the mine. Due to the excellent relationship with Plant Management and after days of discussion on safety measures, we agreed to send a team of six Wärtsilä field service representatives on a charter flight to continue the maintenance schedule: two overhauls (16k hours) with Delta Cleaner Upgrade and Preventive Maintenance services, and a 12K hour service to one of the engines. “We have a common goal to keep operations running smoothly despite the current challenges, and thanks to a healthy communication, this daunting task has seemed easy” says Salvador Rivera, Account Manager for Wärtsilä. 

The challenges may come and go, but with a common mission and transparent communication, steady solutions can maintain a reliable lifecycle for any power plant operation.