GE has been selected by the Shapoorji Pallonji Group to supply the power generation equipment for a 220 MW combined cycle power plant in the Bhola district of Bangladesh.
This will be GE’s second power plant in Bhola of the same capacity with the first being commissioned in 2015. GE Power will supply the full suite of engineered equipment package (EEP) for the project, including two 6F.03 gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), one steam turbine generator, condenser and associated control systems. GE will also provide technical expertise during the installation phase of the project.
The 6F.03 was designed for harsh and remote environments and a wide range of applications, and over 140 units are currently in use worldwide.
Capable of operating on a wide range of fuels, the 6F.03 can achieve turndown to 52% load using Dry Low NOx (DLN) 2.6 combustion. Its advanced compressor design is aerodynamically scaled from GE’s 7F.04 gas turbine, providing efficiency, reliability and availability, the company said.
“The Bhola power project will be an important milestone for the Shapoorji Pallonji Group in Bangladesh, contributing towards increasing the country’s power generation capacity,” said Mitesh Soni, business head – Power Business, Shapoorji Pallonji Group. “GE’s technological prowess and on-the-ground local market expertise proved to be a huge advantage for our teams right through the process of configuration selection, to submission of cutting edge performance parameters and detailed proposal to the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB). Early engagement with the GE technical team helped incorporate design features to meet stringent project requirements. We would be happy to continue our collaboration with GE on other power projects globally as well.”
The Bhola project is being developed by the Shapoorji Pallonji Group as an independent power Producer (IPP). The SP Group has signed a 22-year Power Purchase Agreement with BPDB. The power plant will operate on duel-fuel technology using natural gas as the primary fuel and diesel as the back-up fuel and is expected to achieve commercial operations by December 2019. The project will result in supplying the equivalent power needed to provide electricity to 200 000 homes in Bangladesh.
“Countries in South Asia are accelerating towards achieving energy security which has led to greater investment in the sector. GE’s technology advantage and local presence in South Asia gives us an edge in addressing the needs of our customers in the region,” said Deepesh Nanda, CEO of GE’s Gas Power Systems in South Asia. “Bangladesh specifically provides an enabling policy framework to accelerate power generation capacity addition and the Bhola project is a testament of the government’s desire to achieve its ‘Power of All” objective by 2020. Likewise, Sri Lanka has embarked on augmenting its power generation capacity and GE will be at the forefront of delivering cleaner, more reliable and affordable electricity for the people of Sri Lanka.”