ABM Kamruzzaman, general manager (planning and environment) of state-owned Barapukaria Coal Mine Company (BCMCL), yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune that the EoIs were received on Tuesday.
The eighteen companies include US-based Golder Associates, India's Tata Group, UK-based FWS Consultants Ltd and China-based CCPG.
“Among the companies applied, seven companies deemed best suited to do the work will be short-listed through a full fledged evaluation process. We will send request for proposal (RFP) documents to the short-listed companies,” Kamruzzaman said.
A single company from the RFP receivers will later be selected for the task, he added.
On April 4, 2016, BCMCL invited EoI from international firms to develop and carry out complete geological and geo-technical study to determine technical and economical feasibility of Dighipara.
The study would include exploration planning, supervision and management of exploration activities.
The feasibility study will start in October 2016 and finish in March 2019.
The government plans to set up a series of coal-fired power projects to generate 20,000MW of electricity by 2030. But no arrangement has so far been made to import coal for the projected goal.
So, the government plans to develop the local coal mines to meet the demand. However, all the planned coal-based power plants still remain on paper.
In 1995, Geological Survey of Bangladesh discovered Dinajpur’s Dighipara mine, which has a proven coal reserve of 150 million tonnes.
The BCMCL, a company of Petrobangla, will implement the project. The project’s main objectives would be to identify the total reserve of Dighipara coal basin (within 24 sq-km) and to develop a coal mine of 3 million tonne production capacity per year in the central part of the basin (within 6 sq-km).
Petrobangla and the EMRD have already handed over exploration licence of 4,000 hectare of Dighipara coal mine area to the BCMCL.