GE Power has won a $350m order from Unique Group to develop a 600MW natural gas-based combined cycle power plant at Meghnaghat near Dhaka in Bangladesh.
Under the contract, GE will develop the project on a turnkey basis, which includes one 9HA.01 gas turbine, one heat-recovery steam generator (HRSG), one steam turbine generator, condenser and associated systems.
Unique Meghnaghat Power (UMPL) will execute the power plant project. The facility will generate electricity required for nearly 700,000 homes in the region.
The power plant is expected to begin commercial operations by 2021.
Unique Group managing director Mohd Noor Ali said: “The Meghnaghat power project marks Unique Group’s foray into the power sector of Bangladesh.
“We are excited to partner with GE, whose technological expertise and global experience in managing large scale power projects helped our teams to understand the stringent project proposal parameters and configuration selection.
“The power plant will be built close to the growth centers in Bangladesh, supplying reliable power to the grid and contributing towards the development of infrastructure in Bangladesh.”
The 9HA.01 gas turbine is one of the world’s most efficient and largest heavy-duty gas turbines and is recognized for powering the world’s most efficient power plants in both the 50Hz and 60Hz energy segments, achieving 62.22% combined cycle net efficiency and 63.08% combined cycle gross efficiency, respectively.
Owing to their modular design, additive manufacturing and combustion technology breakthroughs, the HA gas turbines reduce plant capital cost, space requirement and schedule needs during installation.
GE South Asia gas power systems CEO Deepesh Nanda said: “GE is a long-standing partner of Bangladesh, contributing towards the growth of its power sector.
“The country is strategically transforming its energy mix and adopting new technologies to meet the on-ground challenges such as increasing power demand.
“We are confident that GE’s HA gas turbines will be a significant value add to the power ecosystem in Bangladesh, enabling people to have easy access to affordable, flexible, and cleaner electricity.”