Wartsila Australia Pty Ltd announces a long-term service agreement with Energy Developments Ltd (EDL) of Australia to maintain the McArthur River Mine power plant. This is Wartsila's first major service agreement in the country.
Wartsila is a leading global supplier of flexible and efficient power plant solutions and services. The 10-year agreement includes a guarantee for the plant's availability to generate power based on pre-planned scheduled maintenance periods.
Located in Australia's Northern Territory, the 53 MW power plant supplies power to the McArthur River zinc mine owned by the international mining resources company, Xstrata plc. Electricity is generated by six Wartsila 34SG engines running on natural gas. The power plant will be fully operational by the end of 2013.
Wartsila will provide technical support as well as condition monitoring and maintenance planning at the power plant to ensure maximum generating availability. As part of the agreement, Wartsila will station two of the company's service personnel on site at the power plant on a continuous basis.
Shane Mclaughlin, EDL Executive General Manager, Project Delivery describes Wartsila’s selection as a logical choice since the company not only provides the generating equipment, but also has enormous global experience in efficiently maintaining power plants.
According to Steve Jones, General Manager, Services Sales - Wartsila Australia, by providing availability guarantees for a power plant located in a remote area of Australia, the company is highlighting the efficiency and reliability of the Wartsila equipment, as well as the effectiveness of their own service support.