Wartsila has won a contract to supply the equipment for a gas engine based expansion to a zinc mine power plant in Australia.

The project at McArthur River mine is being undertaken by EDL NGD, a subsidiary of international energy company Energy Developments, which will sell the electricity generated by the plant to McArthur River Mining.

Finland-headquartered Wartsila will supply six of its 34SG engines running on natural gas as well as related engineering services. The total combined output of the engines will be 53 MW. Delivery is scheduled to be completed by early 2013 and the plant is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year.

EDL’s executive general manager Shane McLaughlin said he was “impressed by Wartsila’s proposal to supply an efficient power plant solution on a fast-track basis”.

This was an important consideration in choosing Wärtsilä as our engine supplier for this project,” says Mr, Project Delivery.

Wartsila has supplied more than 600 MW of power generation in Australia and Oceania.