Govt to procure 33.6 lakh mmbtu LNG

Clears way for setting up 400MW plant in Chattagram

Staff Correspondent

20 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Govt to procure 33.6 lakh mmbtu LNG

The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) on Wednesday okayed a proposal to procure 33.60 lakh mmbtu LNG from AOT Trading AG, Switzerland at a cost of Tk 3.41billion.

The approval for purchase of 15 LNG cargo from the spot market came at the CCGP meeting virtually with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.

In an online news briefing later, Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Dr Sahida Akhter informed that the price of per mmbtu will be $10.1997.

The meeting approved a total of nine proposals including one for setting up a 400MW power plant at Raozan in Chattogram by a Chinese company.

SEPCO-III Electric Power Construction Company Ltd, China will set up the power plant at Raozan in Chattogram at a cost Tk 17.97 billion under the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).

The unit price of per kilowatt hour electricity will be Tk 1.38, Sahida Akhter said.

Replying to a question, the Finance Minister said the government would replace the old power plants as cost of operation of those is much higher.

He also said that service delivery in this regard would be ensured in an economical way.

In another proposal from the Ministry of Shipping, the Belgium-based dredging company Jan De Nul (JDN) will conduct the capital and maintenance dredging at Rabnabad channel at Payra Port at a cost of Tk 56.29 billion.

Besides, Karnaphuli Ship Builders Ltd, Chattogram will built and supply 4 coastal passenger vessels to Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) with around Tk 2.31bn.

The day’s CCGP meeting awarded the work for CCTV monitoring system, other infrastructures construction, operations and maintenance to the joint venture of Smart Technologies (BD) Limited, Digicon Technologies Limited, Dhaka at a cost of over Tk 1.29bn under the project for enhancing capacity for highway police.

Another proposal from the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) for appointing the joint venture of Dohatec New Media, Bangladesh, dot GOV Solutions LLC, USA and Bangladesh Export Import Company Limited (BEXIMCO) and IT Division, Bangladesh as consultants with around Taka 442.5 million under the project for Digitizing implementation, monitoring and Public Procurement.

The CCGP meeting approved a proposal for awarding the package number GD-27a to the joint venture of Beximco Computers Limited, Bangladesh, Bangladesh Export Import Company Limited, Bangladesh, Tech Mahindra Ltd India and Tech Valley Networks Ltd Bangladesh with around Tk 2.62bn for supplying equipments for installing software, data centers, internet connections, monitoring system at all food godowns of the country under the Modern Food Storage Facilities (MFSP) project.

Besides, the package number W-21 for constructing a steel silo for rice at Barishal under the same project has been awarded to the joint venture of Confidence Infrastructure Limited, Bangladesh and the GSI Group LLC, USA with around Taka 3.31bn.

Apart from this, the meeting approved a proposal of additional around Tk 207.7 million as variation for constructing a 13-storey headquarters for Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority.

Besides, the meeting approved another proposal in principle from the Ministry of Industries for signing agreements for procuring some 12.80 lakh metric tons of urea fertilizer by the BCIC to maintain the necessary supply of urea fertilizer throughout the next fiscal year (FY22) under different state-level agreements.

Out of the 12.80 lakh metric tons of fertilizer, some 5 lakh metric tons will be procured from Muntajat, Qatar, some 5 lakh metric tons will be procured from Saudi Arabia, and some 2.80 lakh metric tons from UAE.