In the autumn of 1998 NEPC Haripur Ltd. signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Wärtsilä for a 120-MW floating baseload power plant to Haripur, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The Haripur floating power plant consists of eight Wärtsilä 46GD engines, all mounted on one barge. Minimal site work was necessary at Haripur because noon-shore fuel tanks were required. The barge is moored in the river at a location dredged for it along the shore. The silting characteristics of the Sitalakhya River are such that onboard radiators, as opposed to river water cooling, are used as the cooling method.
The Haripur barge was assembled with the generating sets in Singapore and completed in March 1999. It was then towed to Haripur, Bangladesh, and arrived on site on 21 April 1999. The plant was handed over to the customer at the end of June 1999. At commercial start-up the Haripur floating power plant was first operated on heavy fuel oil, gas operation started after the installation of gas compressors at the end of 1999.