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Cabinet approves 660-megawatt power plant project in Munshiganj

| Updated: October 17, 2021 20:01:55

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The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) has approved a 660-megawatt power plant project to meet the country’s ever-growing demand for electricity.

The CCGP approved eight proposals, including setting up the power plant at Gazaria upazila of Munshiganj, on Sunday at its 35th meeting of this year held virtually with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair, reports BSS.

Briefing reporters virtually after the meeting, Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Md Shamsul Arefin said CCGP has approved the proposal of Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) under the Power Division to build the gas or LNG-based combined cycle power plant at Meghnaghat area of the upazila which will supply the electricity to the national grid for 22 years.

He informed that consortium — Edra Power Holdings Sdn Bhd, Malaysia, and Winnievision Power Ltd, Bangladesh— placed the proposal to implement the project.

Mr. Arefin said the meeting also approved another proposal of BPDB to extend the existing contract for five years (17/03/2021 to 16/06/2026) to import 160 MW power from NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN) of Tripura, India.

As per approval, he said, the tariff will be Tk 7.13852 per kilowatt hour and about Tk 41.88 billion will have to be paid in five years.

He informed that the meeting also approved the proposal of procuring 30,000 metric tons of bagged granular urea fertilizer from Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company Limited (KAFCO).

The meeting also approved the proposals of 30,000 metric tons bulk granular urea fertilizer import from Muntajat, Qatar and 30,000 metric tons bulk granular urea fertilizer import from Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) through the national agreement.

He said the meeting also approved the proposal of procuring 2.0 million Novel Corona Virus RT-qPCR Diagnostic kits under three lots from Sterling Multi Technologies Ltd, Dhaka, OMC(Pvt) Ltd. Dhaka and G.S Biotech, Narayanganj with a cost of Tk 1.17 billion.

He mentioned that the CCGP also approved the proposal of procuring two bollard pool tugboats and necessary equipment and services from the Khulna Shipyard Limited with a cost of Taka 1.31 billion.

He said the committee approved the proposal for printing, binding and supply of free textbooks in five lots of Bengali and English versions for the primary level (3rd, 4th and 5th class) from Press Line Limited, Dhaka, Letter n Colour, Dhaka and Sedna Printing Press and Publications, Dhaka with a cost of Tk 80.60 million.

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