Powering Up In Chandpur

By Jack Burke30 August 2017

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the engines for a new 220 MW baseload power plant to be installed in Chandpur, Bangladesh.

The full scope includes 12 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50 engines running on heavy fuel oil. The engine has a rated output of 18440 kW in 50 Hz applications and 18880 in 60 Hz applications. The engine has a bore and stroke of 500 X 580 mm.

The plant has been ordered by independent power producer Desh Energy Chandpur Power Company and, when operational, will supply electricity to the national grid. The order was booked in August 2017.

Delivery of the Wärtsilä equipment is being made on a fast-track basis in line with the customer’s required schedule of a nine-month project implementation time. The plant is due to be fully operational in May 2018 and the first delivery of the Wärtsilä engines will be made already in November of this year, with the remainder to be delivered one month later.

“Wärtsilä’s ability to meet this exceptionally tight delivery schedule was a major factor in the award of this contract. The high efficiency and reliability of the Wärtsilä 50 engine were also important considerations for the customer,” said Göran Richardsson, regional director at Wärtsilä.

“We have received excellent support for this project from Wärtsilä. There is an urgent need for additional electrical capacity in this region, and having this plant built in such a short time will certainly help alleviate this situation,” said Navidul Huq, managing director, Desh Energy Chandpur Power Company.

This latest in a string of power plant orders that Wärtsilä has received from Bangladeshi companies will bring Wärtsilä’s total installed base in the country to more than 3500 MW.

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