Finnish company Wartsila has received a contract to supply 78MW engine power plant to support an industrial complex in Bangladesh.

Wartsila secured the contract in November from Jamuna Power, part of Bangladesh’s industrial conglomerate Jamuna Group.

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Equipped with eight Wartsila 34SG engines, the power plant will be installed at Jamuna Industrial Park located in the north-eastern part of Bangladesh. The engines in the power plant will be fuelled by gas.

The installation of the power plant would ensure a reliable supply and cost-effective electricity to the industrial park.

Currently, the industrial park operates using electricity from the national grid.

Jamuna Power managing director Shamim Islam said: “An uninterrupted power supply is a basic need for industry, and to ensure this, we need to have our own captive plant. Wartsila has a strong presence in Bangladesh with a first-rate track record and excellent support capabilities.

“What is more, they can deliver the plant quickly. It was an easy decision for us to choose Wartsila.”

The company is planning to deliver the equipment by the first half of the year, and the power plant is expected to be fully operational by early next year.

The steam from the power plant will be used for industrial processes within the complex, which will enhance plant operational efficiency.

Wartsila Bangladesh managing director Jillur Rahim said: “Economic growth is difficult to achieve unless the power supply can be relied on, and the need, in this case, is very clear.

“Since the Jamuna Industrial Park is a large local employer, jobs also depend on the new power plant. So in addition to environmental and business considerations, also for social reasons, we are happy to be selected as the supplier.”

In June 2019, Wartsila agreed to provide maintenance services for power plants of Bangladesh-based independent power producer (IPP) Summit Group.

The company will provide its services to two power plants located in Gazipur, Dhaka.