Trent 60 to power New Caledonia nickel mine

Two Rolls-Royce Trent 60 generating sets are to provide on-site power for a new nickel mine in the North Province of New Caledonia in the South Pacific.

The Wet Low Emissions (WLE) dual fuel gas turbine units will each provide up to 46 MWe to supplement two existing 135 MW steam turbine sets.

Koniambo Nickel SAS, a joint venture owned by Xstrata Nickel and Société Miniàƒ¨re du Sud Pacifique (SMSP) is developing the $3.8 billion Koniambo open cast mine that will be capable of producing 60,000 tonnes of ferronickel a year after the first ore is processed, expected in the first half of 2011.

The Trents are expected to provide power for the next 25 years.

Delivery of both units is scheduled for the third quarter of 2009, with the first electricity being produced during the third quarter of 2010.

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