Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) has awarded a $117m contract to a consortium of GE and China National Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Corporation (CMC) to repower Unit 3 of the Ghorashal power plant.

Located in the Narsingdi district, the Ghorashal power plant is said to be the largest of its kind in the country.

The repowering project is expected to add more than 200MW of cleaner power to the national grid.

Under the contract, two firms will transform the existing 210MW Power Machines (LMZ 200) steam turbine, which is run by a gas-fired boiler, into a combined cycle power plant.

The team will install a gas turbine and a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) to generate 416.3MW in combined cycle mode.

The project involves retrofitting the station’s existing steam turbine with GE’s advanced reaction design steam turbine high pressure module, intermediate pressure module and lower pressure inner module to suit the new steam parameters.

GE’s South Asia unit gas power systems business CEO Deepesh Nanda said: “GE is proud to be a partner in building and expanding the power generation infrastructure of Bangladesh and is committed to help the country achieve its energy goals of providing electricity to all by 2021.

“With this project, GE’s suite of combined cycle power plant solutions will breathe new life into the plant while helping to lower its carbon footprint substantially.”

In addition to substantially reducing carbon emissions from the power plan, GE’s solutions are expected to enhance the overall efficiency of the power plant to 54%.

GE, which has installed more than 6GW of repowering projects worldwide, has provided about 1.9GW of Bangladesh’s installed power base.

In April, Bangladesh government signed a $217m financing agreement with the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) to upgrade Unit 4 of the Ghorashal power station.