US corporate giant General Electric (GE) will supply major equipment to help implement a 635 megawatt (MW) coal-fired thermal power plant project at Gozaria of Munshiganj, said a company official.
Relevant contracts have already been signed between GE and Orion Power Unit-2 Dhaka Ltd to supply equipment that include boiler, turbine and generator, he said.
The power plant project has also obtained site clearance and terms of reference (TOR) approval for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) from the Department of Environment (DoE), the official added.
The project sponsor Thursday organised a public consultation meeting at an adjacent area of the Orion Power Meghnaghat Ltd project with local public representatives, government and company officials along with people from all socio-economic strata.
During the meeting, they exchanged views on different issues, including that of environment as an integral part of the process for approval of the EIA, the official added.
The sponsor and their environment consultant, Accom of the USA, assured people of undertaking a specific environmental management plan (EMP), saying it has been developed to ensure the environmental management during project's construction and operation phase.
During the meeting, the sponsor has committed to building a connecting road and a bridge from Meghnaghat to Hosendi Union, to facilitate the villagers' transportation as part of the project work.
Jobs for the local people will also get priority based on their qualification and the project would ensure schooling facility, playground, supply of pure drinking water and free community medicine service for local people, the company said.
To implement the project, the sponsor has already completed land purchase at Gozaria in Munshiganj.
The company official said the increased efficiency through ultra-supercritical technology would help increase efficiency, while decreasing fuel consumption.
The project will use low sulfur coal (around 0.6 per cent) imported from Indonesia, Australia and South Africa to ensure that pollution and emissions be at its lowest level, he said.
The flue gas will be also de-sulfurised and the clean flue gas will be emitted from a 275 meter stack to ensure negligible emission and that concentration will be almost nil at the ground level.
The project will use river water only for cooling purpose. The average increase of river water temperature adjacent to discharge line will be 1.2 degree Celsius.
No contamination will be added to the adjacent river from this project, he insisted.
The Implementation Agreement (IA) and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) of this project were signed between Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Orion Group in April.
Orion Group has been selected to implement the project after a competitive bidding process.