MAN Energy Solutions to build CHP plant in Honduras

MAN Energy Solutions has won an EPC-contract to set up a highly efficient, combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant for Progressive Energy, the energy arm of the ElcaTex Group in Choloma, Honduras. The plant will be powered by 3 × MAN 18V51/60 engines with an overall capacity of 54.8 MW, generating power and steam for a nearby textile factory.

MAN Energy Solutions will take an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) role in the project and will be responsible for the construction of the entire plant.

For textile manufacturing, steam is as important as power, which is why Elcatex Group were looking for a solution to efficiently produce electricity as well as steam to drive its manufacturing footprint. Thanks to the new plant, the company will be able to increase its energy efficiency while becoming more autonomous in its steam supply chain.

While the MAN 51/60 engines will operate on heavy fuel oil (HFO) once the new plant opens, Progressive Energy plans to convert them to gas operation as soon as a secure supply of LNG (Liquid Natural Gas, LNG) becomes available. The switch to gas will reduce the plant’s emissions even further.

Source: MAN Energy Solutions