The energy infrastructure in Bangladesh cannot support the country's electricity demand. According to 2012 figures, a little over 5,500 megawatts of power are generated every day on average against a demand of 7,500 megawatts. Natural and noncommercial energy sources, such as wood, animal waste and crop residue, account for more than half of the energy consumption in the country. As the government continues to push forward with economic development efforts, commercial energy consumption, mostly natural gas, followed by oil, hydropower and coal, is rising. In particular, the Keraniganj region is a growing business district where a number of garment manufacturers operate. The owners of these operations, along with local traders and shop owners, have voiced concerns about the future of their businesses, as frequent power outages are negatively affecting them.
To alleviate the power shortages, the country's Power Development Board (PDB) issued a series of quick rental power plant contracts to increase the local power grid's capacity while more permanent solutions are explored. According to the government's terms, these quick rental plants, to be set up on a priority basis, are to be operational within six to nine months after contracts are signed.
Power Plant Ltd., will increase the local power grid's capacity by as much as 1,220 MW in future phases of the project.
The PowerPac Keraniganj Power Plant Ltd. is powered by eight Cat® 16CM43 heavy fuel oil-fired generator sets. Capable of generating up to 14.4 MW of power each, the Cat 16CM43 generator sets feature an advanced design that results in a long operating life, simplified maintenance, high efficiency and low emissions. The generator sets are rated at 13.2 eMW and are driven by four-stroke cycle engines that run at lower speeds. As a result, component life is increased, while maintenance costs are decreased.
The quick rental plant has also enhanced the grid's stability and reduced the local power deficiency significantly. "This project was crucial in supporting the local power grid for economic growth, and it was equally important to consider the most reliable equipment possible," said Ron Sikder, managing director of PowerPac of Sikder Group. "The power plant runs on Caterpillar generator sets and makes a huge difference in improving the quality of living in the Keraniganj region."
PowerPac of Sikder Group
Local power need
Eight Cat 16CM43 generator sets