Lifecycle power solutions provider, Wartsila Australia , now has power plant technology that can run on a variety of fuels so that location and supply lines are no longer 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.
This gas-diesel power supply 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 Wartsila 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.