To help alleviate power shortages in Bangladesh a contract to supply equipment for two new power plants in the country has been signed with Wärtsilä.

Independent power producer (IPP) Summit Naryanganj Power Co. Ltd has ordered Wärtsilä 46GD gas-diesel engines and auxiliary equipment for the Naryanganj power plant project. Another IPP, Khulna Power Unit II Ltd., has ordered Wärtsilä 46 engines and auxiliary equipment for its Khulna Extension project.

Both projects are part of plans by the government of Bangladesh to rapidly increase installed capacity in order to overcome an energy shortage.

The 46GD gas-diesel engines offer a unique degree of fuel flexibility with the ability to run on a variety of fuels including crude oil, heavy fuel oil, light fuel oil, natural gas, associated gas, or any combination of liquid fuel and gas. Although the Naryanganj site does not currently have access to gas supplies, the dual-fuel engines can be switched from heavy fuel oil (HFO) operation to gas at a later stage when gas eventually becomes available.

“The ability of the Wärtsilä generating equipment to operate on either HFO or gas, and to be able to switch effortlessly from one to the other, was a key factor throughout the negotiations of the Narynaganj project,” commented Göran Richardsson, Business Development Manager for Bangladesh, Wärtsilä Power Plants.

Both orders are being handled on a fast-track basis, and the power plants are scheduled to be in operation as early as March 2011.

Wärtsilä currently has around 600 MW of generating capacity installed in Bangladesh.