Power Profile

Market Segment: Independent Power Production - Electric Power

PowerPac of Sikder Group

Power Need


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.

Solution


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.

Results


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."


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Due to an energy crisis in Bangladesh, the government closed a deal with PowerPac of Sikder Group for a 100 MW quick rental power plant in Keraniganj

Customer

PowerPac of Sikder Group

Location

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Customer Business Issue

Local power need

Solution

Eight Cat 16CM43 generator sets

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The PowerPac Keraniganj Power Plant Ltd. is powered by eight Cat® 16CM43 heavy fuel oil-fired generator sets. These generator sets offer a long operating life, simplified maintenance, high efficiency and low emissions.