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Two renewable fuel-based power plants likey

Govt plans to implement two plants in Gazipur and Pabna

  • Shamim Jahangir
  • 25 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Two renewable fuel-based power plants likey

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The government is considering setting up two renewable power plants having combined capacity to generate 102.50 megawatt of electricity.

The power plants are42.5MW Gazipur Power Plant and 60MW Pabna Sujanagar plant.

Power Division is likely to place the proposals before the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase Thursday.

According to Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) sources, the 42.5MW Gazipur Power Plant will be implemented for a 25-year period with per kilowatt tariff of Tk 17.20 under the Special Power Act.

An inter-ministerial working group selected theGazipur Power Plant among five proposals of power plants that will use the wastes of Gazipur City Corporation. BPDB will pay maximum Tk144.08 billion for the period of 25 years to purchase the electricity from the plant, officials said.

The Chinese-owned Canves Environmental Investment Company Ltd (CEICL) will implement the power plant on 30 acres of land owned by the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC).

The CEICL will require to sign four separate agreements including implementation agreement (IA) with Local Government Division, GCC,BPDB andPGCB.  The GCC will supply required quantity of wastes and both the GCC and Canves Environmental Investment Company Ltd will sign waste supply agreement in this regard.

On the other hand, the joint-venture Bangladesh-China Renewable Energy Company Ltd will implement 60MW solar-based power plant at Sagarkandi under Sujanagar Upazila in Pabna under no electricity no power basis.

BPDB will purchase per unit of electricity at Tk 8.48 under no electricity no tariff basis.

According to the Power Division, the government has a plan to produce 40,000MW of electricity by 2030 considering the 10-14 percent economic growth.

The North-West Power Generation Company, Bangladesh and China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC, China) joint venture will implement the power plant.

The company already implemented 1320MW Payra coal-fired power plant. But a unit of the plant having capacity 660MW stands ideal.

The company will construct 37 kilometers of transmission line for setting up the power plant.

Energy experts, however, suggested the government should avoid for setting up huge transmission for a medium power plant.