The technology group Wärtsilä has signed an extended renewal agreement to its service agreement with Energy Developments Ltd (EDL) of Australia. The agreement covers the 53 MW baseload gas engine power plant at the McArthur River zinc mine in Northern Territory, Australia. The original ten-year service agreement was signed in 2013. However, after only six years this has been extended for a further ten years, and the maintenance approach has been changed from pre-planned, scheduled maintenance periods to condition-based and predictive maintenance with advisory contract. The agreement renewal was signed in Q3, 2019.
The change in the scope of the agreement, from guaranteeing the plant’s availability based on pre-planned scheduled maintenance, to the condition-based and predictive maintenance approach came in response to the customer’s developing needs. The change highlights the flexibility of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle support and readiness to customise solutions based on customer needs.
“Wärtsilä has given us excellent support and we are pleased to extend the agreement for a further ten years. EDL is committed to delivering on our customer’s expectations of reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable energy. Wärtsilä’s condition-based and predictive maintenance approach should help us to achieve this. We expect that the renewed and extended agreement will help us increase efficiencies, which in turn benefits our customer with greater reliability and reduced downtime,” said EDL General Manager, Remote Energy, Geoff Hobley.
“We want to bring genuine value to our customers. By working closely with EDL and listening to their needs, we revisited the service agreement and were able to design a Guaranteed Asset Performance agreement which together with Wärtsilä’s condition-based and predictive maintenance approach is the best solution for them,” commented Edwin van Waas, General Manager, Service Agreements and Projects, Wärtsilä Energy Business.
Wärtsilä’s capabilities in providing remote monitoring support from Wärtsilä Expertise Centres to power plant installations result in lower operating costs and greater overall plant efficiency, and represent a prime example of how the latest digital technologies are transforming the energy sector into a new era of flexibility and high efficiency.
EDL manages a portfolio of power plants in Australia, North America and Europe.
For more information, please contact:
Edwin van Waas
Wärtsilä Energy Business
Mob. +61 458 250 508
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Wärtsilä Energy Business
Mob: +358 400 793 827
Wärtsilä Energy Business in brief
Wärtsilä Energy Business is leading the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. As an energy system integrator, we understand, design, build and serve optimal power systems for future generations. Wärtsilä’s solutions provide the needed flexibility to integrate renewables and secure power system reliability. Our offering comprises engine-based flexible power plants – including liquid gas systems – hybrid solar power plants, energy management systems and storage and integration solutions. We support our customers over the lifecycle of their installations with services that enable increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. Wärtsilä has 70 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world.
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2018, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.