Commissioning of Bhola 212MW Plant

Govt plans to divert gas from state-run power plant

Shamim Janahgir

18 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The commissioning of the newly-constructed Bhola 212MW dual-fuel power plant, sponsored by Indian Shapoorji Palionji, is likely to be delayed due to lack of natural gas supply to feed the plant.

To address the issue, Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) is planning to divert gas from a 225MW state-owned plant.

Shapoorji Palionji had earlier signed deals with the government in 2017 to start electricity generation from the plant by December 28, 2019.

To supply fuel to the power plant, Sundarbans Gas Company Ltd earlier signed a gas supply agreement with the company on August 28, 2017, to complete the construction of the gas transmission facility 90 days before the commencement of the commercial operations of the newly constructed power plant.

But, the company is yet to award the work order to construct seven-kilometre pipeline and other facilities to supply gas to the new plant, official sources said.

Due to delay in the tendering procedure, the Sundarbans Gas Company Ltd will need another 10 months to implement the pipeline project.

Taking advantage of the delay in implementing the pipeline project, the sponsor company has sought an extension of tenure of the commercial operation date and proposed an alternative option to the Bangladesh Power Development Board.

As per the proposal of the company, to operate the new plant, BPDB has planned to divert gas from Regulating and Metering Station of its 225MW plant. Doing so might cause the state-owned plant to shut its power generation, official sources said.

BPDB in a letter to power division proposed to implement the alternative plan that will help generate electricity from the plant by June 30, 2020. Otherwise, the plant will commission at the end of next year, sources said.