Technology group Wärtsilä recently announced the first order of its new Modular Block power generation solution – and the first signed in terms of its partnership agreement with Aggreko, UK-based global provider of mobile, modular power, temperature control and energy services. This will see four Wärtsilä Modular Block enclosures, each with one medium-speed Wärtsilä 32 engine, delivered to Resolute Mining’s Syama gold mine in Mali, to deliver 40 MW of power, off-grid.
The Wärtsilä Modular Block solution will replace the existing diesel generators currently powering the mine. With its high efficiency engines the new solution will create substantial monthly savings in fuel costs. In addition, fast-starting and load-following capabilities will facilitate the integration of renewables into the mine’s energy system – providing for a reliable, flexible and affordable solution, which will help to reduce the mine’s environmental impact.
The Wärtsilä Modular Block is a pre-fabricated, modularly configured and expandable enclosure for sustainable power generation.
Three Wärtsilä Modular Blocks, providing a total of 30 MW of power, are to be installed this year next to the existing power station. The fourth 10 MW Modular Block will be installed in 2022. The agreement with Aggreko includes an option to add a fifth 10 MW unit to the power plant. The scalability of Wärtsilä Modular Block solution enables the mine to increase its onsite power capacity if needed to support the future growth.
Stephane Le Corre, Strategy and Development Director at Aggreko, says: “The Wärtsilä Modular Block supports our technology investment strategy. When included as part of a hybrid solution, it has enabled us to offer Resolute an extremely cost-effective solution for 16 years.”
From Wärtsilä’s perspective, “The Wärtsilä Modular Block solution opens up exciting new opportunities for permanent and rental electricity generation,” says Jean Nabb, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Wärtsilä Energy Business.
Aggreko is working at the forefront of a fast-changing energy market and is focused on solving its customers’ challenges to provide cost-effective, flexible and greener solutions around the globe.