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GE to supply gas turbines in Bangladesh

GE has received contracts totalling $89 million to supply Frame 9F 3-series gas turbines, for two new power plants that will produce 675 megawatts of power to help expand Bangladesh’s power generation capacity. The projects will be the first in the country to feature GE’s advanced class gas turbine technology, delivering power with high efficiency, availability, reliability, and low emissions.
GE will provide one 9F 3-series gas turbine and parts to Isolux Ingenieria SA of Spain that is building the Siddirganj Power Plant for the Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh Ltd. The second 9F 3-series gas turbine will go to Summit Corporation, an independent power producer that is building a new plant in Bibiyana, Bangladesh. GE, Isolux and Summit signed the contract at a ceremony in Dhaka witnessed by GE Chairman Jeff Immelt, GE India CEO John Flannery along with Isolux Chairman Luis Delso, Summit Corporation Chairman Aziz Khan, the US Ambassador to Bangladesh.
Jeff Immelt, Chairman of GE noted “Bangladesh has witnessed strong economic growth in the past few years. GE aims to provide support to its customers in Bangladesh by leveraging its technological expertise and help the government meet its objective and priorities that contribute to the overall economic development”.
The Siddirganj plant is expected to begin commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2014, while the Bibiyana plant is expected to enter service in the second quarter of 2015. The two plants support the government’s plans to increase the country’s electricity capacity from 8 to 20 GW in the next 6 to 8 years. Currently, Bangladesh is only 50 percent electrified and has a 1.4-gigawatt deficit during periods of peak demand.

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