Wärtsilä undertakes to ensure uninterrupted electrical supply for Geita gold mine

15 May 2018

Wärtsilä says it “ensures...business continuity and mitigates interruptions” with its recently signed operations and maintenance agreement with Geita Gold Mining Limited in Tanzania. Wärtsilä also “undertakes to ensure fast recovery of the power plant’s commercial operations from exceptional situations and trains local employees to operate and maintain the plant.”

Under the ten year agreement signed at the end of 2017, Wärtsilä Services provides Geita Gold Mining Limited with high reliability in operations and maintenance throughout the entire lifecycle of the gold mine’s 40 MW power plant.

In the case of a breakdown, Wärtsilä says it guarantees immediate repair, securing cost effective power plant operations and uninterrupted electrical supply for the mine.

Geita Gold Mining Limited 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.

Tasiast expansion. In late 2017 Wärtsilä reported that it will deliver a 60 MW turnkey power plant to provide electricity for the Phase Two expansion of the Tasiast mine in Mauritania. The contract was placed by Tasiast Mauritanie Ltd, a subsidiary of Kinross Gold Corporation, the Canada-based gold mining company.

The new power plant will employ six Wärtsilä 32TS engines, with commercial operation expected to begin in Q3 2020. Wärtsilä also delivered the engines for the 19 MW power plant serving phase 1b of the Tasiast mine. 

Geita Geita gold mine
Geita Wärtsilä 32TS engine

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