No maximum industrial mining production without substantial energy resources, it will be said. Wärtsilä has just signed an agreement with Endeavor Mining to carry out the project to modernize and extend the power plant supplying the Sabodala-Massawa gold mining complex, Senegal’s largest gold mine located in the east of the country. This will allow for increased electricity production which, in turn, will support increased production at this site which delivered over 345,000 ounces of gold in 2021 and is targeting 375,000 ounces in 2022.
“Wärtsilä has extensive experience in providing power solutions for mining operations around the world,” said Marc Thiriet, director of energy affairs at Wärtsilä West Africa. In particular, he underlined the key aspect of this energy project with regard to the ambitions of the mine, considering that “the captive plant must be able to provide a reliable supply of electricity at all times, since no power equals no production”.
A major player in the energy sector in Senegal, where its West African presence is based, covering Guinea in particular, Wärtsilä is working on several technological solutions, including solar energy, in order to maximize energy resources in the Senegalese mine.
Acquired by Endeavor in February 2021 following the takeover of Teranga Gold Corporation, the Sabodala-Massawa mine has been under construction for several months. Here, the Canadian giant aims to transform the site and “achieve material synergies” with its other gold mining sites in Mali, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, as attested on the occasion by Sébastien de Montessus, CEO of Endeavor Mining. Overall, the firm is counting on a production of 20 million ounces of gold by 2025 in West Africa, which would be boosted in particular by the results of the Sabodala-Massawa extension project.