Philippine mine secures production targets by extending tailored O&M agreement with Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 30 September 2019 at 13:00 UTC+2
  • Masbate Gold Project 2

The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a four-year extension to its Operation and Maintenance (O&M) agreement with PhilGold Processing and Refining Corporation (PGPRC), a gold mining project in the Philippines. The company’s Masbate mine is dependent upon its own power plant to provide the electricity needed to run its operations, and reliability of supply is mission critical. Wärtsilä has successfully run and maintained the plant since 2009, delivering reliability through high plant availability, and enabling PGPRC to consistently meet its production targets. The extension to the agreement was placed with Wärtsilä in June 2019.

“For the past ten years Wärtsilä has operated and maintained our power plant, which has freed us up to concentrate on our main business of mining. They have carried out this work with the utmost efficiency and have tailored the agreement to meet our specific needs and wishes. We are very satisfied with Wärtsilä’s performance,” commented Eugene Occena, Process Plant Manager, PGPRC.

“For PGPRC the adjusted agreement means O&M at set cost with no surprises, and technical support always at hand. In this we utilise Wärtsilä Expertise Centre for providing remote operational support and extensive technical support. The customer’s evolving requirements have been answered to by the further customised scope of the agreement. Performance guarantees covering heat rate and annual availability of the power plant have been defined. The extended agreement creates peace of mind for PGPRC, and it can concentrate in its core business,” said Erwin Vanderkerff, Director, Service unit Australasia, Wärtsilä Energy Business.

The remotely located plant operates on three 18-cylinder and two 16-cylinder Wärtsilä Vasa 32 engines and one 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 engine, and has a total power output of 36.93 MW. The plant is located approximately 360 km southeast of the country's capital, Manila. There is no connection to the grid, and the island-mode plant is the sole provider of energy to the mine.

In the Philippines, Wärtsilä has altogether 2000 MW of installed power capacity, of which 110 MW is operated and maintained by Wärtsilä under O&M agreements.

Caption text: The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a four-year extension to its Operation and Maintenance agreement with PhilGold Processing and Refining Corporation (PGPRC), Masbate gold mining project in the Philippines. Image copyright Wärtsilä Corporation © 2019. 

Links to more information:
Wärtsilä Lifecycle solutions for power plants
Wärtsilä in the Philippines (video)

For more information, please contact:

Juha Kuusisto
Managing Director, Wärtsilä Philippines
Mob. +63 49 5430382

Mirja-Maija Santala
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Wärtsilä Energy Business
Mob: +358 40 079 3827 

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