Wärtsilä has sealed a deal to supply a 60 MW power plant to provide energy to the Tasiast gold mine in Mauritania.

The Finnish technology group has signed a contract with Tasiast Mauritanie Ltd, a subsidiary of Kinross Gold Corporation, the Canada-based gold mining company for the Phase Two expansion of the mine.

The project is the largest of its kind in West Africa in 2017 and will supply the electricity needed to run the mine at the expanded capacity of 30 000 tonnes per day. Wärtsilä will build the plant on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis.

The new plant will be based on six Wärtsilä 32TS engines. Commercial production is expected to begin in Q3 2020.

Wärtsilä also delivered the power generating engines for the 19 MW power plant serving the Tasiast mine’s phase 1B project.