Wärtsilä has been awarded contracts to supply two power plants to be installed in the Madang region of Papua New Guinea.
The orders were placed in May and June by China ENFI Engineering Corporation with one plant to be located at the Ramu nickel mine, and the other at the nickel refinery in the port area.
The Ramu nickel mine is being developed by the China Metallurgical Group (MCC), a Chinese state-owned mining and natural resources exploitation concern, and its partners.
The combined output of the two power stations will be in excess of 90 MWe and will supply electricity to the nickel mining and refining project facilities.
This will complement the existing 120 MWe of power already supported by Wärtsilä in the region.
“Wärtsilä is one of the world’s leading power plant equipment suppliers. Our commercial and technical evaluation team did exhaustive work to compare proposals made by Wärtsilä and other leading power plant equipment suppliers. Considering the project’s tight schedule, we selected Wärtsilä to supply these power plants since the equipment model and delivery time proposed by Wärtsilä met the project needs. Furthermore, we put considerable value on Wärtsilä’s after service capability in the PNG area which, considering the location of the power plants, is a great advantage,” a spokesperson for ENFI’s Ramu Nickel Project team said.
Wärtsilä is contracted to supply the equipment together with an engineering and technical assistance package. The refinery installation will include a heat recovery system with the waste heat being utilized in the complex refinery process. Both installations are scheduled to be completed before the end of 2009.
Because of the remote location of the installations, the power plants will be installed with some spare capacity.