More Power To Bangladesh
By Jack Burke12 October 2017
Wärtsilä said it will supply equipment for a power plant project in Bangladesh—the sixth new power plant to be ordered with Wärtsilä equipment by Bangladeshi companies in 2017.
The 200 MW plant is being built by United Mymensingh Power Ltd and when completed in June 2018, it will feed much-needed electricity to the national grid. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in September 2017.
The new plant will operate on a total of 21 Wärtsilä 32 engines running on heavy fuel oil (HFO). Delivery of the equipment is scheduled for January 2018. The Wärtsilä 32 is available with 6 to 16 cylinders and a power output ranging between 3 and 9.3 MW at 720 and 750 RPM.
With this latest order, Wärtsilä’s total installed base in Bangladesh will be in excess of 3900 MW.
The government of Bangladesh is making a strong effort to increase the number of households with access to electricity. As of 2016, only 76% of the country’s houses were connected to the grid, and the aim is to increase this to 98% by the year 2021.
“We have an implementation time for this project of just nine months, so having an equipment partner who we can trust to deliver on schedule is of immense value to us. We already have three other plants running on Wärtsilä generating equipment, hence we have good experience with the company and know that we can rely on their high quality engines,” said Moinuddin Hasan Rashid, managing director of United Group.