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Government eyes Malaysia deal to build another power plant

Update : 12 Dec 2013, 08:05 PM

A high-powered team of the Power Division is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Malaysia on December 16 to sign two separate deals to set up yet another 1320MW coal-fired power plant in a joint-venture (equal share) basis at Moheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar.

“We are going on a three-day visit to Malaysia for signing two separate deals – a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a power sector cooperation deal,” Power Division Secretary Monowar Islam told the Dhaka tribune.

He said the Power Development Board (PDB) Chairman Md Abduhu Ruhullah will sign the MoU on behalf of the PDB with Malaysian Consortium of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and Powertek Berhad (PB) to set up the 1320MW coal-fired power plant.

Meanwhile, the Power Division Secretary Monowar Islam will sign the power sector cooperation deal on behalf of Bangladesh.

The deals are likely to be signed on December 18.

The terms and conditions of the proposed MoU with TNB would be similar to that signed with the National Thermal Power Company (NTPC) of India to install a 1320MW power plant at Rampal in Bagerhat, he said.

The Power Division secretary said under the power sector master plan, the government would require to produce 24,000MW of elec-tricity by 2021 and 40,000MW by 2030.

The government has targeted producing around 20,000MW of electricity by 2030 from coal-based power plants.

The power secretary will lead the team, which would be accompanied by Director General at the Prime Minister’s Office Neelufar Ahmed, PDB Chairman Md Abduhu Ruhullah, Power Division Joint-secretary Md Anwar Hossain, PDB Assistant Chief Engineer Mahbubur Rah-man and PDB Director (IPP Cell-1) Golam Kibria.

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