UK co to deliver additional power in Bangladesh
Author / Source : DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT
DHAKA, NOV 3: Rolls-Royce, a global power systems company, has announced a $22 million contract to supply eight Bergen B32:40 16V reciprocating engine generator sets to Baraka Patenga Power Limited (BPPL). The engines will power BPPL’s 50MW power plant under construction at Patenga, 14km south of the port city of Chittagong in south-eastern Bangladesh, said a British High Commission press release.
Commenting on the announcement, Justin Davies, Head of UK Trade and Investment (Bangladesh), said, “As a close partner in Bangladesh’s achievements, we want to further our existing commercial relationship, explore business opportunities that would benefit both countries.”
“Tackling the power issue in Bangladesh is crucial to helping meet its Millennium Development Goals. The UK energy industry has a wealth of experience and expertise to offer Bangladesh in this regard and this is another example of the willingness of British firms to help Bangladesh meet its challenges,” he added.
Faisal Ahmed Chowdhury, chairman, Baraka Patenga Power Limited said, “BPPL is delighted to award this important contract to Rolls-Royce whom we selected due to their track-record of delivering efficient and reliable power generation technology and services across the globe.”
“The Patenga power plant will play an important role in supporting the development of the Bangladeshi local economy, supplying electricity to the national grid,” he said.
This order brings the Rolls-Royce fleet of B32:40 16V engines sold to customers in Bangladesh to 48 units. These are capable of delivering over 300MW of power and valued at circa $150 million.
In July 2011 BPPL signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Bangladesh Power Development Board to develop the 50 MW independent power plant project on a ‘Build-Own-Operate’ basis for a term of 15 years.