GE Power se­lected for an­other ma­jor gas power plant con­tract in South Asia

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

GE an­nounced that it has been se­lected by the Shapoorji Pal­lonji Group (SP Group) to sup­ply the power gen­er­a­tion equip­ment for the up­com­ing 220 megawatt (MW) com­bined cy­cle power plant in the Bhola district of Bangladesh.

This will be GE’S sec­ond power plant in Bhola of the same ca­pac­ity with the first be­ing com­mis­sioned in 2015.

The an­nounce­ment con­tin­ues GE’S re­gional lead­er­ship in de­liv­er­ing in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies and state-of-the-art equip­ment to its power gen­er­a­tion cus­tomers in South Asia, strength­en­ing GE’S in­stalled base in In­dia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

“The Bhola power pro­ject will be an im­por­tant mile­stone for the Shapoorji Pal­lonji Group in Bangladesh, con­tribut­ing to­wards in­creas­ing the coun­try’s power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity. GE’S tech­no­log­i­cal prow­ess and on-the­ground lo­cal mar­ket ex­per­tise proved to be a huge ad­van­tage for our teams right through the process of con­fig­u­ra­tion selec­tion, to sub­mis­sion of cut­ting-edge per­for­mance pa­ram­e­ters and de­tailed pro­posal to the Bangladesh Power De­vel­op­ment Board (BPDB). Early en­gage­ment with the GE tech­ni­cal team helped in­cor­po­rate de­sign fea­tures to meet strin­gent pro­ject re­quire­ments. We would be happy to con­tinue our col­lab­o­ra­tion with GE on other power projects glob­ally as well,” said Mitesh Soni, Busi­ness Head - Power Busi­ness, Shapoorji Pal­lonji Group.

The Bhola pro­ject is be­ing de­vel­oped by the SP Group as an In­de­pen­dent Power Pro­ducer (IPP). The SP Group has signed a 22-year Power Pur­chase Agree­ment with BPDB. The power plant will op­er­ate on duel-fuel tech­nol­ogy us­ing nat­u­ral gas as the pri­mary fuel and diesel as the back-up fuel and is ex­pected to achieve com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions by De­cem­ber 2019. The pro­ject will re­sult in sup­ply­ing the equiv­a­lent power needed to pro­vide elec­tric­ity to 200,000 homes in Bangladesh.

“Coun­tries in South Asia are ac­cel­er­at­ing to­wards achiev­ing en­ergy se­cu­rity which has led to greater in­vest­ment in the sec­tor. GE’S tech­nol­o­gyad­van­tage and lo­cal pres­ence in South Asia gives us an edge in ad­dress­ing the needs of our cus­tomers in the re­gion,” said Deepesh Nanda, CEO of GE’S Gas Power Sys­tems in South Asia.

“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. 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.” he added. GE Power will sup­ply the full suite of en­gi­neered equip­ment pack­age (EEP) for the pro­ject, in­clud­ing two 6F.03 gas tur­bines, two heat re­cov­ery steam gen­er­a­tors (HRSG), on­esteam tur­bi­ne­gen­er­a­tor, con­denser and as­so­ci­ated con­trol sys­tems. GE will also pro­vide tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise dur­ing the in­stal­la­tion phase of the pro­ject. Once com­pleted, Bhola power plant will be the fleet leader for GE’S heavy duty 6F.03 gas tur­bine with ad­vance gas path, de­liv­er­ing higher lev­els of ef­fi­ciency, flex­i­bil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity typ­i­cally only seen in large ca­pac­ity power plants.

To­day, GE of­fers full scope of power gen­er­a­tion tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices in var­i­ous re­gions glob­ally. Cur­rently, GE has an in­stalled base of more than 35 gas tur­bines in Bangladesh, gen­er­at­ing more than 2.2 gi­gawatts (GW) of power.

From left: 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 power equip­ment sup­ply agree­ment sign­ing cer­e­mony for the up­com­ing 220 MW power plant in Bhola, Bangladesh

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