The technology group Wärtsilä signed an extension to the maintenance agreement with Teck Alaska Incorporated (Teck) for their power plant at the Red Dog mine located in Northwest Alaska. The amendment extends the original service agreement, signed in 2015, through the year 2024. Scope of services include maintenance of the eight Wärtsilä generator sets and ABB turbochargers powering the mine with a combined output of 42 MW.
The extended service agreement provides a dedicated Wärtsilä team planning ahead and ensuring parts and resources are available for the mine’s remote location in Alaska. The full maintenance scope optimizes the performance of the plant, delivering efficiency and reliability, which allows Teck to focus on their core business.
“We are impressed by the high level of commitment that Wärtsilä’s team has demonstrated in understanding our challenges and working with us at the site to solve them. Wärtsilä has been able to offer customized solutions to address our specific needs which provides us with peace of mind. We have come to rely on the high-quality services Wärtsilä has provided over the past two years, and we are looking forward to what the future holds,” says Ken Ahrens, Maintenance General Foreman, Red Dog Operations.
Red Dog, one of the world’s largest zinc mines, is committed to meeting the highest environmental standards. The mine has received ISO 14001:2015 certification which notates that Red Dog’s environmental management system supports environmental protection and fosters improvements in environmental performance.
“Our growing relationship with Teck Alaska and the Red Dog Mine team has been an integral part of our success as partners. Our service agreement with Teck focuses on predictive maintenance, ensuring the mine is operating at full capacity, and reducing their downtime. This close cooperation and ingenuity provides the best solution for Teck and the mine,” says Alicia Lockhart, Agreement Sales Manager. Wärtsilä North America.
Teck began mining operations at Red Dog in 1989 and most recently in the Aqqaluk deposit in 2010 and it is expected to provide sufficient ore to enable operations to continue until 2031.
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2017, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.9 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.wartsila.com.