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GE wins gas power contract in Bangladesh, looks to South Asian market

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GE has won a contract to supply the power generation equipment for a 220 MW combined-cycle plant in Bangladesh.

The company will supply an engineered equipment package (EEP) including two F-class gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), one steam turbine generator, condenser and associated control systems. GE will also offer technical expertise during the project’s installation phase.

The EEP represents a key aspect of GE’s portfolio gained in part from its 2015 acquisition of Alstom, the company said.

The plant in Bangladesh’s Bhola district is planned to operate in dual-fuel mode, with natural gas as the primary fuel and diesel as the backup fuel. It is expected to come online by the end of 2019.

Currently under development as an independent power producer (IPP) project by Indian business conglomerate the Shapoorji Pallonji Group (SP Group), the plant represents GE’s second 220 MW plant in the Bhola, with the first commissioned in 2015.

SP Group has signed a 22-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the plant’s output with Bangladesh’s Power Development Board (BPDB).

Once completed, the plant is expected to supply enough power for 200,000 Bangladeshi households and will represent the fleet leader for GE’s heavy duty 6F.03 gas turbine with advance gas path, the company said. 

Deepesh Nanda, CEO of GE’s Gas Power Systems in South Asia, said countries in the region “are accelerating towards achieving energy security which has led to greater investment in the sector.

“Bangladesh specifically provides an enabling policy framework to accelerate power generation capacity addition and the Bhola project is a testament of the government’s desire to achieve its ‘Power of All’ objective by 2020,” he added.

“Likewise, Sri Lanka has embarked on augmenting its power generation capacity and GE will be at the forefront of delivering cleaner, more reliable and affordable electricity for the people of Sri Lanka.”

Image courtesy of GE. From Left to Right - Joe Mastrangelo, President & CEO, Gas Power Systems, GE; Scott Strazik, Chief Commercial Officer, Gas Power Systems, GE; Mitesh Soni, Business Head - Power Business, Shapoorji Pallonji Group; and Deepesh Nanda, CEO, Gas Power Systems, GE South Asia at the agreement signing ceremony held at GE’s Crotonville Campus in New York, US.  

 

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