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

Wärtsilä, a global supplier of power plant solutions and services, has signed a long-term service agreement with Energy Developments Limited (EDL) Australia to maintain the McArthur River Mine power plant.

The 10-year agreement with EDL – a provider of low greenhouse gas emissions energy and remote energy solutions – includes a guarantee for the plant’s availability to generate power based on pre-planned scheduled maintenance periods.

This is Wärtsilä’s first major service agreement in Australia.

The 53MW power plant is located in the Northern Territory and supplies power to the McArthur River zinc mine. Electricity is generated by six Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas.

Delivery is scheduled to be completed by early 2013, and the power plant is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2013.

The agreement includes technical support as well as condition monitoring and maintenance planning to ensure maximum generating availability.