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Two grid-connected solar power plants in power sector receive approval

  • BPDB's 20yrs electricity purchase agreement
  • BPDB's total cost Tk6,410.40 crores
Update : 25 Oct 2023, 11:05 PM

The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) in a virtual meeting on Wednesday approved a number of proposals including setting up of two grid-connected solar power plants in the power sector, import of LNG, fertiliser, edible oil, and lentils.

Capacity extension of LNG terminal and new deal for import of LNG were also among other proposals approved by the committee in the meeting presided over by Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal.  

As per the proposal, a Consortium of Max Infrastructure Limited and Hangzhou Boiler Company will set up a 180MW (AC) solar power plant in Sadar upazila of Jamalpur district.

State-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) will purchase electricity from the plant over the period of 20 years at a total cost of Tk6,410.40 crores at a tariff rate of 10.989 (0.9 US Cents) per kilowatt hour.

Energon Renewable (BD) Limited and PWR Energy Trading LLC, a subsidiary of Orion Group, will set up a 130MW (AC) solar power plant in Gazaria upazila of Munshiganj district.

The BPDB will buy electricity from the plant over a period of 20 years at a total cost of Tk4,634.40 crore at a tariff rate of Tk11 (10 US Cents) per kilowatt hour.   

The BPDB will purchase service from General Electric (Switzerland) GmbH, through the direct purchase method (DPM) for the damaged compressor repair service of Gas Turbine of Ghorashal 3rd Unit Re-Powered Combined Cycle Power Plant at a cost of Tk167.98 crore.

The BPDB will award contract to Joint Venture of (1) TSCO Power Ltd, (2) Confidence Infrastructure Ltd. and (3) Vicar Concrete Products to supply 24,300 SPC poles under Lot-1 of the project 'Modernization and Capacity Building of Distribution System (Khulna Division) Tk69.40 crore.

The BPDB will award contract to Joint Venture of (1) Contech Construction Ltd, (2) Poles and Concrete Ltd. and (3) Pasha Poles Ltd, to supply 24,297 SPC Poles under Lot-3 of the same project cost of Tk69.39 crores.

The committee approved Petrobangla's proposal for a Deed of Amendment to the LNG Use Agreement draft for the extension of the regasification capacity of the Moheshkhali LNG terminal of the Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Ltd (EEBL) from 500MMCFD to 600MMCFD.

It also approved a proposal of the Petrobangla for the negotiated bid for import of 0.85MTPA from January 2026 to 2027 and 1.00MTPA from 2028 to 2040 from Excelerate Gas Marketing Ltd Partnership and also its Draft LNG SPA (sales and purchase agreement) at Contract Price, offered at 13.35% Dated Brent+0.30) USD/MMBtu.

The CCGP also approved another proposal of Petrobangla to import an LNG Cargo (33.60 lakh) MMBTU from the spot market (23rd of 2023) at a price of $17.55 per MMBTU at a total cost of Tk762.36 crore.

Vitol Asia Pte, Ltd, Singapore, was awarded the contract under “Prompt Supply of Electricity and Energy (Special Provisions) (Amendment) Act-2021.

The committee approved a proposal of the Food Ministry to import 50,000 tons of wheat under package-3 through international open tender from Agrocorp International Pte. Ltd, Singapore at a cost of Tk164.74 crores.

Another proposal of the Food Ministry received a nod for awarding a contract to Vigan Engineering SA Belgium under direct purchase method (DPM) for implementing a BMRE program at the Chittagong silo at a cost of Tk63.21 crore.

Two separate proposals of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) for import of 30,000MT of bulk prilled urea fertilizer from Muntajat, Qatar at Tk136.74 crore, and 30,000 of bagged granular urea fertilizer from Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company Limited (Kafco), at Tk131.93 crore, received the nod.

The committee approved separate proposals of Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) for purchasing 6,000 tons of lentils from Shabnam Vegetable Oil Industries Ltd at cost of Tk66.58 crore, 40,00,000 liters of rice bran oil from Majumdar Bran Oil Mills Ltd at a cost of Tk62.50 crore, 80,00,000 liters of soybean oil from City Edible Oil Ltd at Tk125.10 crore also received the nod of the committee.

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