Technology group Wärtsilä will supply a 22 MW natural gas-fired power plant to mining company Argonaut Gold Inc. on its Magino project. The order was recorded by Wärtsilä in the first quarter of 2022.
The plant will provide a reliable and cost-effective supply of electricity to the Magino gold mine located in the province of Ontario. The order includes four Wärtsilä 34SG gas engines, electrical equipment, auxiliaries and plant commissioning. The plant will be operational in 2023.
“The excellent reliability and thermal efficiency of the Wärtsilä engines selected for this project are important factors for mining operations where power availability is absolutely essential and fuel costs are very important. In 2021 alone, we have received four power plant orders in Canada, three of which were from mining companies, which is a clear indication of our proven capabilities and strength in this market,” commented Jon Rodriguez, Director, Engine Power Plants, North America, Wärtsilä Energy.
To date, Wärtsilä has provided power generation capacity totaling 620 MW to mining operations in North America.
Wärtsilä’s flexible power plants like this use natural gas, the cleanest fuel widely available today. It is seen as an important transition fuel as the development of future carbon-free alternatives continues. Wärtsilä engines are a future-proof investment that can already burn carbon-neutral 100% synthetic methane and methanol and also have the ability to run on natural gas and hydrogen mixtures.