Wärtsilä, a leading global supplier of decentralized power plant solutions, has received four orders to supply power plants to customers in Bangladesh, adding more than 300 MW of generating capacity to the national grid. The four orders were signed in July and August this year, and their combined value exceeds €100 million ($128 million).

These latest orders are in addition to contracts for six power plants awarded to Wärtsilä during the second quarter of this year. All are part of the government of Bangladesh's urgent plan to deal with the power shortage that the country is currently experiencing.

In July, Guangdong Power Engineering Corporation (GPEC), a Chinese contractor working on behalf of the national utility, Bangladesh Power Development Board, ordered Wärtsilä equipment for two power plant projects being developed in Dohazari and Hathazari. The Dohazari plant will be powered by six Wärtsilä 18V46GD gas-diesel engines, producing 102 MW, while the Hathazari plant will run on 11 Wärtsilä 20V32GD gas-diesel engines, producing 98 MW.

The Wärtsilä gas-diesel technology offers a unique degree of fuel flexibility, permitting the engines 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.

In August, Wärtsilä was contracted to supply a total of 11 Wärtsilä 20V32 engines plus auxiliary equipment for another two power plants to be constructed at Noapora and Northern Katakhali. These two power plants will add almost 100 MW of electrical power to the national grid.

The Noapora order were placed by Khanjahan Ali Power Co Ltd, a special purpose independent power producer (IPP) producing and selling power to the national grid. Northern Power Solution Ltd, also a special purpose IPP, is constructing the Northern Katakhali plant.

“The ability of Wärtsilä to supply the appropriate equipment on time with such demanding delivery schedules was a key factor in the award of these valuable contracts,” commented Göran Richardsson, sales director for Bangladesh, Wärtsilä Power Plants.

“The Bangladeshi government is doing everything possible to ensure an adequate and reliable supply of electricity throughout the country, and we are pleased to co-operate in this programme,” he added.

In June 2010, Wärtsilä announced two contracts awarded by the IPPs Summit Naryanganj Power Co Ltd and Khulna Power Unit II Ltd for supplying its engines and auxiliary equipment to their Naryanganj power plant and Khulna Extension power plant projects.

In addition, Wärtsilä received four more contracts from Bangladesh in June. The Jiangsu ETERN Company Ltd, working on behalf of the Bangladesh Power Development Board, is developing two 53.5 MW power plant projects, in Daudkandi and Baghabari, and has ordered Wärtsilä engines and equipment for both sites.

Wärtsilä is also supplying the engines and equipment for another two power plants to be built in Meghnaghat and Shiddhirganj, respectively, by two IPPs, IEL Consortium & Associates Ltd and Dutch Bangla Power & Associates Ltd. Each of these power plants will produce an electrical output of 107 MW.

The urgency of the Bangladesh government's programme to alleviate the country's power shortage means that these ten new power plants are being built on a fast-track schedule, and are expected to be in operation in early 2011, supplying a total of 850 MW to the national grid.

Wärtsilä already has a strong presence in Bangladesh, with more than 1400 MW of power plants installed or under contract, and has the local resources available to provide the necessary service support for its customers.

Cummins extends its range of low-emission diesel generator sets

Cummins Power Generation has announced the launch of six new diesel generator sets, which are part of a range that meets improved emission standards.

Powered by the reliable QSX15 engine, these generator sets also offer highly efficient fuel consumption and enhanced control via the new Cummins Power Generation PowerCommand Controls. The new generator sets deliver optimum performance, reliability and versatility for stationary standby and prime power applications.

Four models (C400D5e, C450D5e, C500D5e and C550D5e) comply with EU Stage II emission regulations, and range from 400 kVA to 550 kVA at 50 Hz.

Two further models (C450D6e and C500D6e) are available with EPA Tier 2 emission regulation compliance. These two models will provide 60 Hz power at 450 kW and 500 kW respectively.

The generators are supplied with PowerCommand 2.2 as standard, and the more advanced PowerCommand 3.3 paralleling control as an additional option. The PowerCommand controls are structured to enable easy upgrading to paralleling controls in the field.

In addition, the PowerCommand 3.3 control paired with an optional factory installed motorized circuit breaker is designed to lower total system costs. All models offer a low-noise power solution, with the added benefit of a 50 °C ambient cooling package, which ensures the generators operate efficiently across a variety of applications in locations ranging from the Middle East and Africa to Northern Europe and Russia.

Cummins Power Generation, prides itself on offering the widest and most capable customer support network, with 550 distributor locations and 5000 dealer locations. As customer satisfaction is the firm’s number one priority, all Cummins distributors and dealers undergo a stringent certification process. Each distributor is charged with delivering expert service, planned maintenance, troubleshooting, quality parts and comprehensive power system support.

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