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BPDB floats tender to build 150MW plant at Syedpur

It would run on diesel imported from India

FE Report | October 31, 2017 00:00:00

Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) has floated tender, inviting bids by November 29, to build a 150-megawatt (MW) power plant at Syedpur in northern region of the country.

The plant will run on diesel to be imported from India, said officials. It would annually consume around 150,000 tonnes of diesel to be imported through the proposed 130km cross-country pipeline.

It would be the first tender in last seven years to set up a diesel-fired power plant, said a senior official.

The BPDB sought the bid winner to be responsible for engineering, design, manufacturing, inspection, supply, installation, erection, testing and commissioning of the Syedpur plant.

The BPDB in August last selected five private firms without tender for implementing five diesel-fired power plants having a total generation capacity of 800 MW electricity.

Officials said the plants were awarded to the firms through unsolicited offers under the Speedy Supply of Power and Energy (Special Provision) Act - 2010, having a provision of immunity to the people involved in implementing the projects.

State-run Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) will continue importing diesel to run the power plant at least for 15 years after its commercial commissioning scheduled by 2020.

This is for the first time Bangladesh fixed the source of the fuel oil to run a particular power plant.

The BPC usually imports diesel and furnace oil to run power plants from international market through different suppliers. The suppliers are selected every year through open tenders as well as government-to-government negotiation, the official said.

The BPC and Indian state-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, or BPCL, the owner of the Numaligarh, are working together to build the cross-country pipeline to supply the fuel.

The pipeline would touch Panchagarh, Nilphamari and Dinajpur to reach Parbatipur oil storage tanks in Bangladesh.

Of the total 130km, the length of pipeline inside Bangladesh would be 125 km and it would be of around five kilometre in India.

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