Wärtsilä wins iron ore mine power plant contract

Power systems provider Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to supply engines, generators and associated auxiliary equipment to a power plant serving an iron-ore mine in western Australia.

The six 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF engines selected for this project provide 50MW of dual-fuel capability, enabling the customer, Fortescue Metals, to use either natural gas or light fuel oil.

These will be the first Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines to be installed in Australia.

The power plant will be used to supply electricity for Fortescue’s Solomon Hub mine, which is part of its expansion in the Pilbara region of western Australia.