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660MW power plant in Munshiganj gets nod

Deal to import 160 MW power from Tripura gets 5-yr extension

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 18 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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The government on Sunday cleared a proposal to set up 660MW LNG-based power plant at Gazaria upazila of Munshiganj to meet the growing demand for electricity.

The approval for the proposal came at the meeting of The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) held with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.

Including the scheme, the CCGP approved a total of eight procurement proposals.

Briefing reporters virtually after the meeting, Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Md Shamsul Arefin said CCGP has approved the proposal of Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) under the Power Division to build the gas or LNG-based combined cycle power plant at Meghnaghat area of the upazila which will supply the electricity to national grid for 22 years period.

A consortium of Edra Power Holdings Sdn Bhd, Malaysia and Winnievision Power Ltd, Bangladesh placed the proposal to implement the project.

Arefin said the meeting also approved another proposal of BPDB to extend the existing contract for five years (17/03/2021 to 16/06/2026) to import 160 MW power from NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN) of Tripura, India.

As per approval, he said, the tariff will be Tk 7.13852 per kilowatt hour and about Tk 41.89bn will have to be paid in five years.

 He informed that the meeting also approved the proposal of procuring 30,000 metric tonnes of bagged granular urea fertilizer from Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company Limited (KAFCO).

The meeting also approved the proposals of 30,000 metric tonnes bulk granular urea fertilizer import from Muntajat, Qatar and 30,000 metric tonnes bulk granular urea fertilizer import from Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) through the national agreement.

Arefin said the meeting also approved the proposal of procuring 20 lakh Novel Corona Virus RT-qPCR Diagnostic kits under three lots from Sterling Multi Technologies Ltd, Dhaka, OMC(Pvt) Ltd. Dhaka and G.S Biotech, Narayanganj with a cost of Tk 1.17bn.

He mentioned that the CCGP also approved the proposal of procuring two bollard pool tugboats and necessary equipment and services from the Khulna Shipyard Limited with a cost of Tk 1.32bn.

He said the committee approved the proposal for printing, binding and supply of free textbooks in five lots of Bengali and English versions for the primary level (3rd, 4th and 5th class) from Press Line Limited, Dhaka, Letter n Colour, Dhaka and Sedna Printing Press and Publications, Dhaka with a cost of Tk 80.6 million.