Twin Trents Chosen for Nickel Mine
Two Rolls-Royce Trent 60 electrical generating sets have been selected to provide power for a new nickel mine in the North Province of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. Koniambo Nickel SAS, a joint venture owned by Xstrata Nickel and Société Minière du Sud Pacifique, have selected two Trent Wet Low Emissions dual fuel gas turbine units, which will each provide up to 46 MW of electrical power to supplement two 135 MW steam turbine sets. The Trents are expected to provide power for the next 25 years. The US$3.8 billion project at Koniambo, a new long-life, low-cost, open mine, will be capable of producing 60 000 tons of ferronickel a year after the first ore is processed, which is expected in the first half of 2011.
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