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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bangladesh to tender for 4 more coal fired power plants soon

Thursday, 19 Jan 2012

Bangladesh Power Development Board will invite international tender soon to set up four more coal fired power plants to generate around 2,000 megawatts of electricity to ensure future power supply at affordable cost.

A top government official said that the power plants will be run by imported coal.

Mr ASM Alamgir Kabir chairman of BPDB told the FE that "We will invite bids from sponsors within the next couple of weeks to build four coal fired power plants.”

He said the new coal based power plants will be built near seashore and river coasts in Chittagong, Khulna and Munshiganj to facilitate carrying of the imported coal.

Mr Kabir said that these coal fired power plants will be implemented as part of the government's move to augment electricity generation and diversify the country's energy sources under its mid term planning against the backdrop of dwindling natural gas reserves.

Mr Kabir added that "Under short term measure we built diesel and furnace oil fired power plants to ease the country's electricity crisis on urgent basis.”

He said that electricity tariff for the coal fired power plants would be lower than those of oil based power plants.”

Mr Kabir said that "Initially the coal fired power plants would run with imported coal. Local coal will be utilised once the country starts extracting local coal significantly.” He added that capacity of these coal fired power plants would be 300 mw to 600 mw each.

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