Bangladesh-China Power Company Limited (BCPCL) signed a deal with Indonesian firm to import four million tonnes of coal per year for 1320 MW coal-fired Payra Power Plant in Patuakhali.
The BCPCL signed the agreement with PT Bayan Resources Tbk, Indonesia to feed the Payra 1320 MW Thermal Power Plant.Secretary of North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL) Dipak Kumar Dhali and Chairman of PT Bayan Resources Tbk Purnomo Yusgiantoro signed the deal on behalf of their respective sides in the capital on Monday.
Prime Minister’s Power and Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Indonesian Ambassador Rina Prihtyasmiarsi Soemarno, Prime Minister’s Chief Coordinator on SDG Affairs M Abul Kalam Azad and Power Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus attended the contract signing ceremony.
Prime Minister’s Power and Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said every citizen of the country will come under power supply next year.
He said that the government is overcoming its power crisis through utilising the most modern technology and Payra plant will be built with the most modern technology.
The Payra power plant will use the best coal so that environmental concerns are addressed in a better way. He said ultra-supercritical technology is being used in the Payra power plant and it will have no impact on the environment.
It said the plant will be operated by imported sub-bituminous coal. Its calorific value is 4700-5500 Kcal. This type of coal is chiefly abundant in Indonesia and Australia. At the initial stage coal will be imported from Indonesia.Earlier, Bangladesh’s state-owned North-West Power Generation Company Limited and Chinese China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) have jointly formed the BCPCL to set up the power plant.
“We are willing to import 4 million tonnes of coal annually for 10 consecutive years to feed the coal fired power plants,” said Bangladesh-China Power Company Limited (BCPCL) Managing Director Engr. AM Khurshedul Alam while talking to the Daily Sun.
He added the company will import the coal as per the tariff rate of ICE New Castle coal with maximum 60 percent discount. He claimed that they have negotiated properly with the company to import the coal for long term to feed the power plants.
The country’s first public sector large coal-fired power plant in Pyara is expected to start producing electricity in December next, eight months behind the schedule, said officials concerned.