Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has secured a contract to support a power plant located at the Mansourah & Massarah gold project mine in Saudi Arabia.

The contract has been awarded by Indian company Larsen & Toubro and will see Wärtsilä provide engineering, equipment and technical advisory for the 44MW plant.

Larsen & Toubro has been appointed as the main contractor for the project.

Larsen & Turbo metallurgical and material handling division MENA business unit head Amit Swarnkar said: “Wärtsilä is a global energy solution provider with a strong presence in Saudi Arabia. Reliability is key for any gold mine for securing uninterrupted operations and targeted revenues on all occasions.

“The dedicated power plant will ensure that the mine can operate on a reliable and economical supply of electricity. In particular, we have selected the Wärtsilä technology because of its capability to enable the integration of PV solar into the system, which is important for this project.

The new power project will be the first of its kind in the country, utilising a hybrid between engine technology and solar energy.

It will be equipped with six Wärtsilä 32 engines, of which five will be in operation and one on constant standby.

Wärtsilä Middle East energy business director Alexandre Eykerman said: “Maximising the use of renewable energy is central to Wärtsilä’s approach to enabling sustainable energy supplies.

“We enhance this energy transition by optimising energy systems for our customers and have extensive experience in providing power for mining operations, so this project fits our capabilities perfectly.”

The company is planning to deliver the engines on a fast-track basis with commissioning of the plant scheduled in May 2021.

The power plant is expected to enter commercial operations in 2022.