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MAN B&W Power Plant Project in Australia

Posted on November 12, 2004

MAN B&W has contracted with Comalco, a company belonging to the Rio Tinto Group to will supply six 9L32/40 four-stroke diesel engines to an Australian bauxite mine. The engines will be arranged in an island four-plus-two plant system. Four of the six engines (total output of 26 MW) may be continuously operating, with two engines in reserve allowing backup for maintenance, operational flexibility, and any unscheduled engine stoppages. The MAN 32/40 engine is available also as a dual fuel engine and the Comalco units may be converted for gas/diesel fuel operation at a later date.

The large-bore diesel engines will be built in the MAN B&W Augsburg works and will be delivered by ship in September 2005. MAN B&W Diesel Australia in Sydney is the contract partner of Comalco, and are working with Sinclair Knight Merz, who will assume responsibility for the installation and commissioning of these generating sets. The new engines will replace the current Mirrlees Diesel engines that have been in service for some 40 years.

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