Wärtsilä company has been contracted to supply power generating equipment for a 100 MW power plant project in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Delivery of the equipment is scheduled for January 2018.
The power plant is built by Karnaphuli Power Ltd for Baraka Group and is expected to be operational in May 2018.
Wärtsilä said that the baseload plant will be powered by six of its 50 engines running Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) and the low heat rate, high efficiency, and excellent reliability of the engines were emphasised in the award of the contract.
“In order to support its social and economic growth, Bangladesh has an urgent need for more generating capacity. Wärtsilä has the flexibility to respond to this need by providing fast-track deliveries and strong locally based expertise,” noted Mr Jillur Rahim, Managing Director, Wärtsilä Bangladesh.
This power generating equipment ordered in October 2017 is the seventh order that Wärtsilä has received within this year from Bangladeshi companies.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Wärtsilä on this project as they have gone out of their way to meet our requirements, both with their equipment and the delivery arrangements. With such a demanding schedule, we needed full cooperation and Wärtsilä has provided it,” commented Faisal Ahmed Chowdhury, Chairman, Baraka Group.
Bangladesh government is making a strong effort to increase the number of households with access to electricity. As of 2016, only 76 percent of the country’s houses were connected to the grid, and the aim is to increase this to 98 percent by the year 2021.