Kodda power plant: Source: MAN Energy Solutions

With a target of 24GW of installed capacity by 2024, Bangladesh’s developing economy is employing more power to boost the national grid.

MAN Energy Solutions has been chosen as the solution provider for two power plants in Bangladesh to boost energy generation capacities in the rapidly developing Asian country.

The first plant is currently being erected in the country’s Chittagong District on the eastern bank of Karnaphuli River and is scheduled to commence operation in 2019.

Operated by Anlima Energy, it will be powered by six MAN 48/60 engines with 20.7MW each. The plant will run with an overall capacity of 120MW and feed into the country’s national grid. Read more: First utility-scale solar project in Bangladesh, set for commissioning

“Increasing energy demand is still the country’s biggest challenge”, says Waldemar Wiesner, MAN's regional head of power plant sales for the MENA region.

“Despite successful efforts to add new power plants in the past years, the overall generation capacity of 16GW 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 24GW by the year 2024. Our new customer Anlima has heeded that call.”

Strategic partnerships

The second plant will have a total capacity of 167MW and will be erected in Mirsarai, an Upazila of Chittagong District in the south of Bangladesh.

The end customer of this project is BPDB-RPCL Powergen. BPDB-RPCL is already operating a 150MW plant with dual-fuel (liquid fuel or natural gas) engines in Kodda, Gazipur.

Responsible for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the Mirsarai plant is the Chinese company Sinohydro.