Wärtsilä has signed a two-year maintenance and advisory agreement with Simberi Gold Company Ltd. The agreement covers scheduled maintenance and expert advisory services to ensure continuous and sufficient power supply for Simberi’s gold operations in Papua New Guinea.
The 10MW Simberi power plant operates in isolation from the national electricity distribution network and is on Simberi Island, approximately 900km northeast of the nation’s capital, Port Moresby.
Simberi Gold Company is a subsidiary of St Barbara, an ASX-listed gold producer and explorer whose assets include the Leonora operations in Western Australia and the Simberi operations. The Simberi mine started production in 2008 and produced 110,000 ounces of gold in the last financial year.
St Barbara’s Simberi Operations general manager Tim Richards said, “We chose Wärtsilä as our partner because of their proven technical expertise and track record with our on-site power plant.
“A key consideration in selecting Wärtsilä was their ability to maintain their service level on-site here in Papua New Guinea. Being able to rely on Wärtsilä’s advice and support in running the mine’s power plant helps us maintain our own focus on the mining operation.”
Wärtsilä’s technical advisory services support customers’ on-site personnel. Advice and recommendations are provided for planning of plant operations, engine maintenance and daily running of the power plant’s equipment. Wärtsilä’s experienced service personnel are also available to assist in troubleshooting and provide training of power plant personnel.
Wärtsilä Services, Australia managing director John Sydney, who is also director SUAA, said, “Our first priority is to keep our customers’ operations running as smoothly as possible. With these agreements, we can help Simberi Gold Company Ltd keep the power plant supporting the gold mine in good working condition and prevent unexpected disruptions.
“Should any issues surface, our service experts are always ready to assist and advise. We look forward to working together with Simberi.”