Wärtsilä to supply Australian mining site with 53 MW gas power plant expansion

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 23 August 2012 at 12:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä, a leading global supplier of flexible and efficient power plant solutions, has been contracted to supply the equipment for a gas engine based expansion to the McArthur River zinc mine power plant in Australia’s Northern Territory. The project is being undertaken by EDL NGD (NT) Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of the international energy company, Energy Developments Ltd (EDL), who will sell the electricity generated by the plant to McArthur River Mining Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Xstrata plc, the international mining resources company.

Wärtsilä’s scope of supply includes six Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas and the related engineering services. The total combined output of the engines will be 53 MW. Delivery is scheduled to be completed by early 2013, and the power plant is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2013.

"Wärtsilä has an established track record of delivering high quality, and EDL was impressed by Wärtsilä’s proposal to supply an efficient power plant solution on a fast-track basis. This was an important consideration in choosing Wärtsilä as our engine supplier for this project," says Mr Shane McLaughlin, EDL Executive General Manager, Project Delivery.

“In meeting the plant’s operational requirements of a flexible and efficient supply with a high step load capacity, we have also demonstrated our ability to meet the customer’s needs for a rapid delivery,” commented Suraj Narayan, General Manager, Wärtsilä Power Plants in Australia & Oceania. “Furthermore, apart from their minimal environmental impact, the Wärtsilä gas fired generating sets have a low total lifecycle cost, which is an increasingly important aspect of modern power plant operations.”

Wärtsilä has a strong presence in Australia and Oceania having supplied more than 600 MW of power generation capacity to the region. In Australia, Wärtsilä has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The company also has extensive workshop facilities in major locations.

Wärtsilä 34SG engine
The Wärtsilä 34SG is a four-stroke, spark-ignited gas engine that works according to the Otto process and the lean-burn principle. The efficiency of the Wärtsilä 34SG is the highest of any spark-ignited gas engine currently available. The gas fuelled, lean-burn, medium-speed engine is a reliable, highly efficient and flexible power source for baseload, intermediate, peaking, and cogeneration plants. The high efficiency of the engine is based on state-of-the-art technology.

Read more about Wärtsilä gas power plants.

Image of Wärtsilä 34SG engine

For further information please contact:

Suraj Narayan
General Manager, Power Plants
Wärtsilä Australia Pty Ltd
Tel: +61 409 717 325

Raymond Vinton
General Manager, Sales
Wärtsilä Australia Pty Ltd
Tel: +61 419 449 680

Tuula Franck
Senior Manager, Media and Stakeholder Relations
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 400 267555

Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2011, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.2 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in nearly 170 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.