MAN Energy Solutions adds 445 MW to Bangladeshi installed capacity

31 August 2022

MAN Energy Solutions is providing piston engines for a new power plant in Sreepur, Bangladesh, and has also successfully commissioned three other power plants in the cities of Chandpur, Thakurgaon and Narayanganj. Combined, the four power plants have an installed capacity of 445 MW.

Thakurgaon power plant, Bangladesh

Above: Thakurgaon power plant, Bangladesh

Nine MAN 18V48/60TS engines, with a total capacity of 150 MW, will be installed at Sreepur, north of the capital, Dhaka. Scheduled for completion in late 2023, the plant will be operated by independent power producer, B-R Powergen Limited (BRPL).

“Energy demand in Bangladesh is increasing by over 10% each year and we are pleased to once again contribute to the country’s reliable energy supply with the Sreepur project,” said Ghassan Saab, head of region, Middle-East Africa, power plant sales, MAN Energy Solutions. “When all ongoing projects are completed, MAN will provide more than 1.5 GW of capacity across the country, representing around 10% of installed capacity.”

The Chandpur plant, total capacity 125 MW, employs a combination of 4 × MAN 18V51/60TS and 2 × MAN 20V45/60 engines. Owner/operator is Chandpur Power Generation, a subsidiary of Doreen Power.

The MAN 20V45/60 is, according to MAN ES, “the most powerful four-stroke engine in the world.” With an output of around 26 MW per engine, the 20V45/60 also achieves “outstanding efficiency rates with a fuel utilisation of over 50%”, according to MAN ES. Furthermore, the company says, the 18V51/60TS engines, with two-stage turbocharging, are “being used in a power plant for the first time.” With two-stage turbocharging there is a low and high pressure compressor, operating in series, optimising power density and efficiency.

“In Chandpur, the plant operators have chosen a particularly innovative engine setup”, said Saab. “The combination of our powerful 20V45/60 engines and the 18V51/60TS units with two-stage turbocharging guarantees maximum fuel efficiency and also enables a more compact plant design through higher power density.”

The Thakurgaon plant, in the northwest of the country, was also recently handed over to the owner/operator, Energypac Power Generation Ltd. The facility employs 6 × MAN 18V48/60TS engines with a total installed capacity of around 125 MW.

During construction, the difficult-to-access location, on the border with India, presented tough, logistical demands as the region can only be reached overland. Since local road conditions did not allow the engines – each weighing 320 tonnes – to be transported by truck, they had to be dismantled and delivered to the Thakurgaon plant for on-site assembly.

The Narayanganj plant, operated by KPPGL (Kanchan Purbachal Power Generation Ltd), is located 50 km east of Dhaka. It uses 3 × MAN 18V48/60TS engines with a total output of 58 MW, providing power to the Rupganj region.

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