Variable Power Plants to Can Deal with Future Power Shortages

Wärtsilä Australia has at its disposal power plant technology that can run on a variety of fuels so that location and supply lines aren't such an issue.

This capability was underlined recently when the Wärtsilä parent company received orders for two new diesel power plants for customers in Bangladesh.

Known as the Narynaganj project, the government of Bangladesh has established an urgent plan for dealing with its current power shortage, and these two new power plants will add significant generating capacity to the national grid. The value of the two contracts is over $AUD 100 million.

This gas-diesel technology offers a unique degree of fuel flexibility, permitting the engines to run on a variety of fuels including crude oil, heavy fuel oil, light fuel oil, natural gas, associated gas, or any combination of liquid fuel and gas.

In addition, the technology is insensitive to variations in the fuel composition. This feature enables even further flexibility in the utilisation of different kinds of fuel for power generation.

The ability of the Wärtsilä generating equipment to operate on either HFO or gas, and to be able to switch effortlessly from one to the other, was a key factor throughout the negotiations of the Narynaganj project.

In 1997 when Bangladesh was suffering similar power shortages Wärtsilä supplied 234 MW of barge-mounted power plants to solve the problem.

Now, in 2010 they are again working together to provide fast track optimised solutions to help Bangladesh.

For more information, please contact

Mr David Trench

at Wärtsilä Australia Pty Ltd.

48 Huntingwood Drive,


NSW 2148.

Tel: (0417) 900 156,


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