MAN Energy Solutions has been chosen as the solution provider for two power plants in Bangladesh with a total of 15 MAN engines to boost energy generation capacities in the rapidly developing Asian country.
The first plant is currently being erected in the country’s Chittagong District on the eastern bank of Karnaphuli River and is scheduled to commence operation in 2019. Operated by Anlima Energy Limited, it will be powered by six MAN 48/60 engines with 20.7 MW each. The plant will run on Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) with an overall capacity of 120 MW and feed into the country’s national grid. Next to the engines, MAN Energy Solutions will also supply further auxiliary equipment and supervise erection and commissioning.
Increasing energy demand is still the country’s biggest challenge. Despite successful efforts to add new power plants in the past years, the overall generation capacity of 16 GW is still too low, given the country’s 160 Million inhabitants and vital economic growth rate. The government continues to address this and is encouraging Independent Power Producers to invest in order to achieve an installed base of 24GW by the year 2024.
The second plant will have a total capacity of 167 MW and operate nine MAN 51/60 Dual-Fuel engines. It will be erected in Mirsarai, in the Chittagong District in the south of Bangladesh. End customer of this project is BPDB-RPCL Powergen Limited. Thanks to MAN’s dual-fuel technology the 51/60 DF engines can be operated on either liquid fuel or natural gas, but will use HFO until sufficient gas supply is available. BPDB-RPCL is already operating a 150MW plant with MAN 51/60DF engines in Kodda, Gazipur.
Responsible for Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the Mirsarai plant is the Chinese company Sinohydro, a recurring partner for MAN Energy Solutions. Both companies have successfully completed an 80MW power plant in Niamey, Niger in 2016.
While Mirsarai is the first joint project in Bangladesh, it is the latest in a long line of successful power plant ventures for MAN in the South Asian country. In the past years the company has sold or signed contracts for more than 1.85 GW in generation capacities to increase the supply of electricity in the country.
Source: MAN Energy Solutions