The technology group Wärtsilä will supply a 40 MW power plant to provide a reliable and efficient electricity supply to an Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in Bangladesh. The plant is expected to encourage industrial investments in the zone, which in turn will create employment and future growth for the area.
The plant has been ordered by Sigma Powertech and will be located in Adamjee EPZ, close to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The contract with Wärtsilä comprises orders placed in Q1 and Q2, 2021.
“This is an important project for the region and for the continued economic growth of Bangladesh through export enhancement as per the Government’s initiative. Growth throughout the industrial sector is very much dependent on having a reliable power supply, and the new power plant will provide this. Wärtsilä has an excellent reputation in this country with a strong presence to provide the support needed,” commented Mohammad Moyeen, Chairman, Sigma Powertech Ltd.
“Projects like the Adamjee EPZ project represent a new kind of industrial development concept for Bangladesh and we expect more of those to come. Typically, these developments require the power generation to be flexible, efficient, and reliable, and our technology fits these needs perfectly,” said Henri Boxtel, Energy Business Director, South Asia, Wärtsilä.
The plant will operate with four Wärtsilä 34SG engines operating on natural gas fuel. Delivery of the engines is being made on a fast-track basis with all equipment scheduled to be delivered before the end of 2021. Commissioning and commencement of operations are expected before the end of June 2022.
This will be the fourth Bangladeshi EPZ project for which Wärtsilä has supplied power generating capacity. Wärtsilä currently has 5,000 MW of installed capacity in Bangladesh with over 200 company personnel employed.