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Wärtsilä’s largest gas engine plant in the USA for Barrick Mines

Posted on December 1, 2004

Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc., Toronto, Canada, has selected Wärtsilä Corporation to supply a gas power plant in Nevada, USA. It is Wärtsilä's largest gas power plant contract to date for decentralized generation. The plant will be located about 24 km east of Reno, Nevada, and will serve Barrick's Goldstrike property in northeastern Nevada.

The contract specifies a large power plant of 14 gas-fired Wärtsilä 20V34SG engines with a total net output of 115.6 MW. Wärtsilä will be providing the power plant to Barrick under an EPC agreement. The plant will become the largest operating gas reciprocating engine plant in the USA, based on summer rated capability, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The power plant is expected to be commercially operational by October 2005, only 12 months from signing of the contract. Financial details of the sale are not disclosed.

"Wärtsilä's generator sets addressed our critical issues better than did simple cycle gas turbine technology," said Larry Morasse, construction manager for Barrick. "The reciprocating engine technology demonstrated clear superiority in several areas: almost no water usage, minimal time required for startup, flexible load following characteristics and price. In addition, Wärtsilä's generators were more efficient in the hot, dry and high-altitude conditions at the project site in Nevada."

Barrick's Goldstrike property consists of an open pit mine, two underground mines and two large milling facilities. Barrick's parent company, Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corporation, is a leading international gold mining company, with operating mines and development projects in the USA, Canada, Australia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Tanzania.

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