MAN Energy Solutions will supply engines for two power plants in Bangladesh designed to boost energy generation capacities in the rapidly developing Asian country.
The first plant is currently being built in the 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 plant will run with an overall capacity of 120 MW and feed into the country’s national grid. MAN Energy Solutions will also supply further auxiliary equipment and supervise erection and commissioning.
“Increasing energy demand is still the country’s biggest challenge,” said Waldemar Wiesner, 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 operate nine MAN 51/60 dual-fuel engines. It will be erected in Mirsarai. End customer of this project is BPDB-RPCL Powergen Ltd. MAN’s dual-fuel technology allows the 51/60 DF engines can be operated on either liquid fuel or natural gas. BPDB-RPCL is already operating a 150MW plant with MAN 51/60DF engines in Kodda, Gazipur.
Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the Mirsarai plant is the responsibility of the Chinese company Sinohydro, a recurring partner for MAN Energy Solutions. Both companies have successfully completed an 80 MW 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.