Bangladesh to add 286 MW to generation mix as country booms

With a target of 24 GW of installed capacity by 2024, Bangladesh‘s developing economy is employing more power to boost the national power grid.

MAN Energy Solutions has been chosen as the solution provider for two power plants in Bangladesh 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, it will be powered by six MAN 48/60 engines with 20.7 MW each. The power plant will run with an overall capacity of 120 MW and feed into the country’s national power grid.

“Increasing energy demand is still the country’s biggest challenge”, says Waldemar Wiesner, MAN’s regional head of power plant sales for the MENA region.

“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 24 GW by the year 2024. Our new customer Anlima has heeded that call.”

The second plant will have a total capacity of 167 MW and will be erected in Mirsarai, an Upazila of Chittagong District in the south of Bangladesh.

The end customer of this project is BPDB-RPCL Powergen. BPDB-RPCL is already operating a 150 MW plant with dual-fuel (liquid fuel or natural gas) engines in Kodda, Gazipur.

Responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Mirsarai plant is the Chinese company Sinohydro.

This article was originally published on Smart Energy International and was republished with permission.

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