German turbomachinery firm MAN Energy Solutions will provide 15 generation engines to supply two power plants in Bangladesh totaling more than 280 MW, it was announced Friday.
The first plant being built in Bangladesh’s Chittagong District will be powered by six MAN 48/60 engines capable of 20.7 MW each. The plant will run on heavy fuel oil and have an overall generation capacity of 120 MW, according to the report.
“Increasing energy demand is still the country’s biggest challenge”, says Waldemar Wiesner, regional head of power plant sales for the MENA region, in a statement. “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.”
Anlima Energy Ltd. will operate the plant scheduled to go online in 2019.
A second plant with capacity of 167 MW will be powered by nine MAN 51/60 duel-fuel engines. This facility to be constructed in Mirasarai will operated by BPDB-RPCL Powergen Ltd. and will run on heavy fuel oil or natural gas where supply is sufficient.
Chinese firm Sinohydro is partnering with MAN for engineering, procurement and construction of the Mirasarai generation facility. It is the first joint project between the two in Bangladesh.
MAN Energy Solutions has about 14,000 employees in 120 nations.