Wärtsilä has signed an operations and maintenance agreement for the 40 MW power plant at the Geita Gold Mining Ltd. site in Tanzania.
Through a 10-year agreement signed at the end of 2017, Wärtsilä Services will provide Geita with operations and maintenance throughout the entire lifecycle of the gold mine’s power plant. Under Wärtsilä’s operations and maintenance agreement, local employees are to be recruited and trained to operate and maintain the power plant. Developing their skills generates employment opportunities.
The power plant incorporates a Wärtsilä 20V32 engine with a two-stage turbocharger. The engine is designed to operate on any liquid fuel, according to the company.
“Wärtsilä has built, operated and maintained baseload power plants in Tanzania for many years, providing electricity to the national grid and significantly contributing to the economic and social development of the country,” said Rashid Shamsi, director, Service Unit East Africa, Wärtsilä. “Having a Wärtsilä power plant at Geita Gold Mine, along with a 10-year operation and maintenance agreement, we are entering another key industry segment in Tanzania, which reflects customers’ confidence in Wärtsilä’s products and services.”
Geita Gold Mining Limited, located in Tanzania, is a subsidiary of AngloGold Ashanti. Wärtsilä also supports the power plant at Siguiri mine in Guinea, owned by another subsidiary of AngloGold Ashanti, through a 10-year operations and maintenance agreement.