Five IPP solar power projects facing land related problems

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 16 Oct 2016, 17:22:01

Five IPP solar power projects facing land related problems

Five IPP solar power projects facing land related problems
Implementation works of solar power projects of five independent power producer (IPP), out of seven, are being disrupted for land-related problems, said Power Division officials.

They said the five projects are 200 MW solar park in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar, 200 MW solar park in Gaibandha, 50 MW solar park in Sutiyakandi, Mymensingh, 32 MW solar park in Dharmapasa, Sunamganj, 30 MW solar park in Gangachhara, Rangpur.

The other solar projects are 20 MW solar park in Cox’s Bazar and 3 MW solar PV project in Jamalpur, reports UNB.

All these seven projects have been worked out for implementation by private sector sponsors as independent power producers (IPPs) from which the state-owned Power Development Board (PDB) will purchase electricity for 20-25 years.

Officials said 3 acres of land are required for one MW solar park.

All the seven projects’ sponsors were selected on unsolicited basis. Most of them were chosen for over a year, but they could not yet start to implement the works for the projects.

The Power Division officials said some of the five projects, which are facing trouble, have already received approval of the Cabinet Purchase Committee and the implementing agencies have asked the sponsors concerned to sign final contracts.

After that, it was found the lands of these projects are not ready for use as the ownership was not fully transferred to the project sponsors—the private sector entrepreneurs.

Some lands cannot be used as those awaiting court decisions following the cases filed over their ownership.

Admitting the trouble, Power Division’s joint secretary and Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda) member Siddique Zobair said the government will soon take decisions about these projects.

Sreda has been giving policy and technical support to different government agencies to select solar projects and pick up their private sponsors to implement those.

Zobair told the agency that government is looking for its own lands to implement solar projects to avert land ownership complexities.

The government took up the move to implement a number of IPP solar projects as part of its plan to generate 24,000MW of electricity by 2021. - IH

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