Mali gold mine taking 40 MW
The first order of Wärtsilä’s Modular Block solution for power generation will be used to provide 40 MW of energy to Resolute Mining’s Syama off-grid gold mine in Mali, Africa.
The order was placed by Aggreko, a global provider of mobile, modular power, temperature control and energy services. The Four Wärtsilä Modular Block enclosures incorporate one medium-speed Wärtsilä 32 engine in each. This contract is the first one signed under the cooperation agreement between Wärtsilä and Aggreko announced in June.
The Wärtsilä Modular Block solution will replace the existing diesel generators powering the mine. Thanks to the high efficiency of the engines the new solution will create substantial monthly savings in fuel costs. Fast-starting and load following capabilities will facilitate the integration of renewables into the mine’s energy system. The mine will be powered by a reliable, flexible and affordable solution, which will help to enhance the mine’s environmental impact.
Three Wärtsilä Modular Blocks, providing a total of 30 MW of power will be installed next to the existing power station in 2020. The fourth 10 MW Modular Block will be installed in 2022. The agreement with Aggreko includes an option to add a fifth 10 MW unit to the power plant. The scalability of Wärtsilä Modular Block solution enables the mine to add additional power capacity if needed to support the future growth, the company said.
“The Wärtsilä Modular Block supports our technology investment strategy and when included as part of a hybrid solution, has enabled us to offer Resolute an extremely cost-effective solution for 16 years,” said Stephane Le Corre, Strategy and Development director at Aggreko.
“The Wärtsilä Modular Block solution opens up exciting new opportunities, both for permanent and rental electricity generation. We are delighted to be partnering with Aggreko in this rapidly growing market, and this first order is encouraging for the future success of our cooperation,” said Jean Nabb, director, Strategic Partnerships, Wärtsilä Energy Business.