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Power upgrade to boost Sabodala-Massawa’s gold production

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The technology group Wärtsilä will supply an 18MW extension to the power generating facility and upgrade the electrical and automation system of the existing power plant at the Sabodala-Massawa gold mine complex in Senegal, West Africa. Image credit: Wärtsilä

Power upgrade to boost Sabodala-Massawa’s gold production

A power upgrade is part of an expansion project that will elevate Endeavour Mining’s Sabodala-Massawa gold mine in Senegal to a top-tier gold asset.  

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply an 18MW extension to the power generating facility and upgrade the electrical and automation system of the existing power plant at the Sabodala-Massawa gold mine complex in Senegal, West Africa.

The Sabodala-Massawa mine is the largest producing gold mine in Senegal and is located in the eastern part of the country in the Kedougou region. Endeavour’s planned mine expansion will transform Sabodala-Massawa into a world class gold asset with incremental production.

According to Marc Thiriet, Energy Business Director, Africa West, Wärtsilä, the upgrading and extension project will allow for the complete integration of all the site’s power generating capacity.

“It will also ensure the availability of the needed electric power to maintain and expand the mine’s production schedules,” says Thiriet.

The project will be delivered under a complete engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract.

Better fuel efficiency

“Not being connected to the grid means that the captive plant has to be capable of providing a reliable supply of electricity at all times, since no power equals no production. The Wärtsilä engines selected for this expansion project have established a strong reputation for high efficiency and reliability under even the most difficult ambient conditions, eliminating revenue losses from power shortages,” says Thiriet.

The three Wärtsilä 32 engines to be installed are 20% more fuel efficient than the plant’s existing engines Their fuel efficiency minimises the environmental impact by reducing harmful CO2 emissions.

In addition to their outstanding performance, they have the flexibility to support a smooth transition to the integration of solar power and energy storage into the system. The upgrade of the electrical and automation system will optimise the interconnection and control for the existing power plant with the extension.

The project is expected to be completed and commissioned before the end of 2023.

Wärtsilä has 543MW of installed capacity in 20 power plants in Senegal, of which 458MW of this capacity is under Wärtsilä long-term service agreements.

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