Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate a gas-fired power plant and lay foundation stones for five more in Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria Saturday.
Interestingly, however, the plant Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate has been operating since April 30, 2011. The Tk3.06bn plant has a capacity of 53MW.
On the other hand, between 20% and 70% of construction work for four of the other plants has been completed, while a contract for the sixth one is yet to be signed.
The combined capacity of these five power plants stands at 1301MW. Four of the plants belong to Ashuganj Power Station Company Limited and the others to a private company, Midland Power Company Limited.
“Prime Minister will go there tomorrow (Saturday), lay foundation stones and inaugurate a power plant,” said Ashuganj Power Station Company Limited Managing Director Md Nurul Alam while talking to the Dhaka Tribune Friday.
“About 20% to 70% of the total construction work at four power plants have been done. We are hopeful of completing them ahead of the schedule,” he said.
Of the four plants, the Ashuganj 450MW Combined Cycle Power Plant (South), has a capacity of 380MW and is expected to be commissioned in June 2015. 20% of the construction work for the project has been done. The company signed a contract with a Consortium of TSK Electronica Spain, and Inelectra International, Sweden to construct the plant on May 17 last year.
The estimated cost of the plant is around Tk37.92bn.
Meanwhile, the 225MW Ashuganj Combined Cycle Power Plant, with a capacity of 225MW, is expected to be commissioned in March 2015. The Ashuganj Power Station Company signed a contract with a consortium between Hyundai Engineering Co Ltd (Hyundai) and Daewoo International Corporation (DWI) to construct the plant on October 10, 2011. The estimated cost of this plant is Tk21.16bn, and 20% of the work has been done so far.
The Ashuganj 200MW Modular Power Plant is the first of its kind in the country and has a capacity of 195MW. It is expected to be commissioned in October next year and will be constructed by United Enterprises Ltd. A contract in this regard was signed on July 15 this year. The cost of the plant has been estimated at Tk142.8m. 10% of the construction has been completed.
The fourth in the lot, the Ashuganj 450MW Combined Cycle Power Plant (North), with a capacity of 450MW, is expected to be commissioned in June 2016. However, the tender to build this plant is yet to be floated. The authorities are hopeful of completing the process by next February. The estimated cost of the plant is Tk34bn.
The other power station, with a capacity of 51MW, was undertaken by Midland Power Company Limited under the Independent Power Plant (IPP) power project at an estimated cost of Tk3.1bn. Officials hoped that the plant can be operational within the next couple of months as 70% of work on the project has been completed.