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Apr 13, 2011

PDB To Install Six Coal Fire Power Plants

The Power Development Board (PDB) has initiated the process to install six coal fired power plants through private entrepreneurs to produce 1800 MW of electricity. "This projects would be implemented either under BOO (build-own-operate) basis or joint venture partnership", a senior official of power ministry told BSS on April 13, 2011.

Financial Institutions will play a vital role in financing these projects, the official said. The investment requirement for these coal power plants will be around Taka 21,000 crore (3 billion US Dollar). Power ministry sources said the owner of the power plants would import the coal and ensure its transportation to the plants.

According to the PDB source, a 600 MW capacity power plant would be installed at coastal areas or near the deep-sea areas. Another plant with same capacity would be installed at Mawoa near Dhaka. "Four power plants, each having 150 MW capacity, would be installed at Khulna and Chittagong areas to feed the commercial cities at proper manner," Chairman PDB ASM Alamgir Kabir said.

The PDB has completed the initial work of installing four power plants at Khulna and Chittagong. "We have started the tendering process to start the project work soon", he added. Feasibility Study of the project including site and soil investigation, hydrological and geological studies and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies would be done soon to implement the project.

"Right now our main objective is to install six plants -- two at Khulna, two at Mongla and one each at Mawoa and Chittagong areas -- where we have infrastructure facilities to handle the imported coal ", ASM Alamgir Kabir, Chairman of Power Development Board said.
-by Shahnaz Begum at BSS.

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