On the gas
A new mining project in Western Australia has been a great opportunity for Cummins to showcase its ability to deliver a turnkey power generation solution involving the disciplines of engineering, procurement, construction and project management.
Mt Marion Lithium Project is located around 40 km south-west of Kalgoorlie in the goldfields region of WA and is jointly owned by Mineral Resources Ltd (MRL), China’s largest lithium producer Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co, and Neometals Ltd.
The project was approved for development in October 2010, with major civil constructions beginning in January, 2016. The production of lithium concentrate followed in mid-2016. Mt Marion is the second largest high-grade lithium concentrate mine site in the world, producing lithium which is used mainly in batteries, particularly for electric/hybrid cars.
Design, deliver, commission.
To meet the power requirements of the mine, MRL turned to Cummins to provide a 9 MW high voltage (11 kV) power station. The Mt Marion power station represents the first LNG power generation facility installed and commissioned for MRL, and the first major supply agreement between Cummins and MRL.
“Early in 2016 we were given a clear mandate to design, deliver and commission the 9 MW gas-fired power station for the Mt Marion project,” says Cummins project manager Dallas Gledhill. Cummins quickly assembled its team comprising project managers, engineers, project administrators and field service technicians from Perth and Melbourne.
During the early development phase, Cummins settled on a combination of five lean burn natural gas generators – four QSV91 high-ambient, quad-turbo units rated at 2000 kW,
and one QSK60 rated at 1160 kW. An additional QSV91 is a future option.
Conceptual engineering and design followed, driven by functional requirements, with bi-weekly design reviews transforming the packages from basic enclosures into multi-faceted, interactive […]