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PDB to build new power plant in Khulna

Update : 06 May 2015, 06:55 PM

State-owned Power Development Board (PDB) is going to build a large dual fuel (gas and furnace oil) combined cycle power plant having a capacity of 200-300MW in Khulna through bidder’s financing.

“Implementing through bidder’s financing means the contractor will arrange international financing for the project,” PDB Chairman Md Shahinul Islam Khan told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

The PDB under the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, has already invited international tender for the project, with the last date for tender submission being July 2.

After the contract is signed with the bidder, the construction period for this project is 900 days, including a simple cycle completion time of 540 days.

“Setting up a new plant was not in the government’s plan but two plants in Khulna’s Goalpara, which were once known as the power house of the district, turned unusable allegedly because of negligence and lack of monitoring. This has compelled the government to take the new project,” said A PDB official seeking anonymity.

The two furnace oil-based plants were built with a capacity of 110MW and 60MW.

The new plant will be built in Goalpara on a 10-acre land owned by the PDB. The estimated cost of the project is Tk2,500-Tk3,000 crore.

The eligible firms will take care of engineering, design, supply, erection, installation, testing and commissioning on turnkey basis. It also will provide two years’ warranty. 

The eligible company has to provide $1.5m in the form of an irrevocable and unconditional bank guarantee issued by a scheduled bank of Bangladesh or a foreign bank duly endorsed by a scheduled bank.

Currently, there is no gas supply in Khulna region but the option of using gas as fuel has been kept in the project. Till now, Khulna has a number of fuel oil-based power plants, with the biggest one having a capacity of 150MW. 

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