Aggreko is to convert its 145 MW diesel temporary power plant in Ghorashal, Bangladesh into a natural gas plant. The change, agreed with client Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), will extend the contract period to 2015 and increase its value by US$100 million.

The switch from imported diesel to locally produced gas at Ghorashal will reduce the overall cost of energy production from the plant by over 60%. The entire fleet of existing generators will be replaced with gas units, with the project to be completed in the second quarter of 2012.

The opportunity to change to natural gas came about as a result of the de-commissioning of an existing gas fuelled turbine located at the site.

When Ghorashal is converted to gas, Aggreko will have more than 650 MW of gas-fuelled power on rent worldwide.

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