Wärtsilä has signed a two-year maintenance and advisory agreement with Simberi Gold Company Limited.
As well as scheduled maintenance, the agreement includes advisory services for continuous and sufficient power supply for Simberi’s gold mine operations on Simberi Island, which is part of Papua New Guinea's New Ireland Province.
The 10MW Simberi power plant operates separately from the national electricity distribution network and is located approximately 900km north-east of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
Simberi Gold Company Limited is a unit of St Barbara, an Australian-listed gold producer and explorer.
St Barbara's assets include the Leonora operations in Western Australia and the Simberi operations in Papua New Guinea.
The Simberi mine began production in 2008 and produced 110,000oz of gold in the last financial year.
Simberi Operations general manager Tim Richards said: “We chose Wärtsilä as our partner because of their proven technical expertise and track record with our on-site power plant. A key consideration in selecting Wärtsilä was their ability to maintain their service level on-site here in Papua New Guinea.
“Being able to rely on Wärtsilä’s advice and support in running the mine’s power plant helps us maintain our own focus on the mining operation.”
Wärtsilä’s technical advisory services support customers’ onsite personnel.
It provides advice and recommendations on planning of plant operations, engine maintenance and daily running of the power plant’s equipment.