Located in Gognagar, Narayanganj Dhaka, Bangladesh, the plant is owned and operated by Orion Group. It is providing electricity to Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) under Build, Own and Operate (BOO) basis using Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO). The generated electricity will be sold to BPDB for the next 15 years to boost the power generation capacity in order to meet the growing power demand in Bangladesh.
ABB is responsible for the complete design, engineering, supply, installation, commissioning and testing of the plant’s electrical systems, including the power and auxiliary transformers, low- and medium- voltage switchgears, non-segregated bus duct, direct current (DC) system, earthing and lightning protection, plant lighting, diesel generator and cable systems with a total length of over 100 kilometres. This provides a common platform for electrical equipment integration which reduces the risk and increases the stability and reliability of the plant.
As part of the contract, ABB supplied 4 bays of 132 kV air-insulated substation to feed power from the plant to the national transmission grid. ABB also provided fibre-optic synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) communication network integrated with line protection, allowing quicker data communication from the plant to the national grid.
The project management team from ABB Singapore brings deep knowledge of local requirements in support of the HFO generator and cooling system design with third party vendor.Overall management of electrical equipment supply and site supervision of installation and commissioning was well managed for a timely completion, within budget, to the correct specifications and in compliance with health, safety and environment regulations.
This HFO power plant is the first to begin commercial operation in June this year, among six other private power projects that are awarded in July 2012.