Released: 23rd October 2008
- The Asian Power Awards recognise outstanding achievements in Asian power
- Aggreko was recognised for its 40 MW rental power plant at Khulna, Bangladesh
- The power plant, delivered in just 130 days, is helping to stabilise the local grid
Aggreko plc, the global leader in the provision of temporary power and temperature control services, has been recognised for its rapid response capability by the Asian Power Awards 2008, which recognises special achievements to Asia’s power industry. The awards, decided by an independent panel of judges, are organized by the publishers of Asian Power magazine, Charlton Media Group.
Aggreko won the “Best Fast-Track Power Project in Asia” award for the rapid design, installation and commissioning of the 40 MW rental power package at the 132KV Goal Para substation, Khulna, Bangladesh. Bangladesh, with its sandy, silty soil and high water table, presents a very difficult environment in which to construct a power plant. Site preparations were highly challenging, with the site completely waterlogged at the start of the project. Aggreko spent several weeks improving the site, placing specialized membranes, flown in from Europe, on the ground before compacting in order to improve the strength of soil and achieve load bearing capacity.
That Aggreko was able to complete the project in such a short time-frame is a testament to its ability to utilise its world-wide network of depots in order to ensure project deadlines are met. Equipment for the project was sourced from depots located in Singapore, the UAE and Europe and then shipped to port in Khulna.
Ian Rogers, Managing Director of Aggreko Asia, commented: “Grid support is an area that Aggreko has a great deal of experience in and with permanent bases across Asia, we are in a position to respond rapidly and effectively to any power requirement in this and neighbouring regions. This award is a recognition of Aggreko’s rapid response capacity and highlights our position as global leader in rental power.”
For the past several years, increased industrial development in Bangladesh has caused a country-wide energy shortage. The Asian Development Bank has highlighted the problem, stating that as of January 2008, only one-third of households have access to electricity and inadequate electricity supply has been a major constraint to Bangladesh’s growth. Although the government has embarked on an ambitious program to increase the capacity of the national grid, the increasing power demands of the country have resulted in a situation where load shedding is unavoidable and many of the planned projects are still some time away from completion.
In order to bridge the gap between the power needed and power supplied in the short-term, the Bangladesh government tendered a package of six contracts which were awarded to various power supply companies. These contracts were intended to reduce the impact of peak shaving on the country until more permanent capacity could be added to the grid. However, due to the immediate shortage of power in the country, it was of utmost importance that the companies providing the power packages produce a fast-track solution. Aggreko engineered, installed and commissioned its power package over three months ahead of the other suppliers.
Aggreko plc is the global leader in the rental of power, temperature control and oil-free compressed air systems. Aggreko provides 24/7 availability and service support with approximately 3000 employees operating from over 120 locations in 31 countries. In 2007 we served customers in 100 countries, and had revenues of approximately £700m (USD $1.4b or Euros €1b). Aggreko plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AGK.L) and headquartered in Scotland. For more information, please access the company website at www.aggreko.com.