Govt endorses bids to set up 10 IPP plants

Dhaka,  Thu,  17 August 2017
Published : 10 Aug 2017, 00:45:20
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Govt endorses bids to set up 10 IPP plants

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The government on Wednesday approved proposals of signing deals for setting up 10 diesel and furnace oil-fired independent power producer (IPP) plants.

Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement gave the approval at a meeting at Bangladesh Secretariat with Finance Minister A M A Muhith in the chair.

The committee also gave approval for rice and wheat import alongside signing agreement for setting up a LNG terminal, among others.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Mustafizur Rahman said from the newly-approved IPP plants per unit of diesel-fired electricity will cost the exchequer Tk 19.66 to Tk 19.99, while the furnace oil-fired electricity will cost Tk 8.25 to Tk 8.37 per unit.

Presently more than two dozens of IPP plants are in operation, from where the government buys electricity.  

Under the new approval, APR Energy will set up a 300 megawatt (MW) diesel-fired power plant for next five years at Keraniganj in Dhaka. The plant will sell its electricity to the government at Tk 19.99 per kilowatt hour.

Aggreko International Projects Ltd will establish a diesel-fired 200 MW power plant at Keraniganj for five-year term and charge the exchequer Tk 19.66 per unit.

Acorn Infrastructure Services Ltd will set up a 100 MW furnace oil-fired power plant in Chittagong for next 15 years. The plant will charge Tk 8.259 for each unit of electricity.

Bangla Track Ltd will establish two power plants - one in Nowapara of Jessore and another in Daudkandi of Comilla - which will produce 300 MW of electricity during the next five years. The company will charge the government Tk 19.99 for per unit of electricity.

Confidence Power Holdings Ltd has been given an approval to set up a 113 MW furnace oil-fired power plant for the next 15 years and charge the exchequer Tk 8.33 against per unit of electricity.

Desh Energy Ltd will set up a 200 MW furnace oil-fired power plant in Chandpur for next 15 years, and it will charge the government Tk 8.37 per unit.

Midland Power Co Ltd is given approval for setting up a 150 MW power plant for next fifteen years. The furnace oil-fired plant will charge Tk 8.25 against supplying per unit of electricity.

Orion Power Meghnaghat Ltd will set up a 105 MW furnace oil-fired power plant in Khulna for 15 years and charge Tk 8.33 per unit.

A 300 MW power plant in Gazipur, to be built by Consortium of Summit Corporation and Summit Power Ltd, will charge the exchequer Tk 8.33 against per unit of electricity during the next 15 years.

The cabinet committee also approved import of 50,000 tonnes of wheat and 50,000 tonnes of non-aromatic bashmati rice through international quotation. Per tonne wheat will cost US$256.97 and rice $419.51.

The meeting approved a proposal of energy ministry for importing 1.0 million tonnes of gas oil, 130,000 tonnes of Jet-A-1 oil, and 240,000 tonnes of furnace oil from various state-owned suppliers on government to government (G2G) basis.

Another meeting of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, also chaired by Mr Muhith at Bangladesh Secretariat, approved in principle the term-sheet agreement for setting up a LNG terminal in Cox's Bazar. The terminal will have handling capacity of 500 mmcfd.

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