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28 Companies Submit Document For 830 MW Plants

Thursday, 11.12.2009, 03:01pm (GMT)

A total of 28 local and foreign companies submitted their documents for installation of 10 public sector power plants having capacity of producing 830 MW of electricity on the last day for submission of tender.

Power Development Board (PDB) received 3 bids for Bera 100 MW, 2 for Dohazari 100 MW, one bid for Baghabari 50 MW, 2 for Hathazari 100 MW, 5 for Katakhali 50 MW, one bid for Daudkandi (Titas) 50 MW, 5 for Shantahar 50 MW, 4 for Faridpur 50 MW, 3 for Gopalganj 100 MW and 2 bids for Ghorasal 200 MW.

Earlier, a total of 122 foreign and local firms have purchased the tender documents for the power projects.

Korean Hyundai Corporation, Enprerrios, Chinese National Electric Wear, Gatco, Infradev, Chinese Samyang, Japanese Sumotomo Corporation, Chinese Dongfang, Green Power, Korean Daewoo Corporation and local Energy Pack submitted their documents for installation the public sector power plants.

The winning bidders have to complete the supply, installation, commissioning and other necessary works within 450 days from the effective date of contract.

As per tender terms, international firms or consortiums that are actually engaged and experienced will be eligible for participating
in the bidding if it is a partner of JVCA having minimum 51 percent stakes in power-plant-installation works.

A participating bidder has to pay to PDB US$ 1,000,000 for 200 MW, US$ 300,000 for 100 MW, US$ 240,000 for 70 MW and US$ 150,000 for 50 MW project as Tender Security.

The bidder has also to provide 2 years’ warranty for the entire work as well as long-term service under a long-term service agreement
(LTSA) for the next 4 years.

The proposed plants with their locations are Gopalganj 100 MW, Hathazari 100 MW, Dohazari 100 MW, Bera 70 MW, Katakhali (Rajshahi) 50 MW, Shantahar 50 MW, Baghabari 50 MW, Faridpur 50 MW, Daudkandi (Titas) 50 MW and Ghorasal 200 MW.

Only the 200MW Ghorasal plant will be dual-fuel (gas or diesel) gas-turbine plant while the remaining nine heavy furnace oil (HFO) plants.

Port City in Darkness

Thursday, 11.12.2009, 09:48pm (GMT)


Port City in Darkness

Dhaka, 12 Nov 2009 (Energy Bangla): Three gas-fired power plants having a total capacity of generating of 410MW of electricity were shut down in Chittagong causing severe load-shedding in the port city.

The Petrobangla stopped gas supply to those power plants to divert gas  to the fertilizer factories in Chittagong .     

Power Development Board (PDB) is now supplying only 339MW of electricity in Chittagong against the demand  for  660MW, a PDB official said.

Of the supplied  electricity , 192MW  is received from  the Karnafully hydroelectric power plant, 21MW from a private power plant and the rest  comes from national grid, he  said.

Talking to The Energy Bangla, Sudip Kumar Chakma, Chief Engineer of PDB in Chittagong , said  we  face  difficulties to supply electricity  as three of our power plants have been closed due to gas crisis.

Of the three power plants, two units of Rowzan power plants produced 360MW of electricity, Shikalbaha Steam generated 40MW while Shikalbaha BMPP  used to  produce 10MW of electricity earlier.

Sudip Kumar Chakma said that the electricity production from the three power plants would resume  with  PDB’s  resumption of  get gas supply for power generation.

PDB shut down the three power plants following the formal request of the Petrobangla to divert the gas  to Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Limited (CUFL). Expressing his dissatisfaction, a resident of Chittagong told the Energy Bangla “We have been facing load-shedding for four to five times in peak hours and two to three times in off peak hours.”

Earlier, on Sunday, the government decided to supply additional gas to fertilizer factories by reducing gas supply in the power plants to ensure urea fertilizer supply during coming Boro season.

The Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MoPEMR) has decided to supply gas 250 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD) instead of 200mmcfd to the fertilizer factories from the current .

The MoPEMR has also decided to supply gas 750mmcfd in power plant instead of 810 mmcfd , meeting sources said.

Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Limited (CUFL), which produces one-third of the total amount of urea fertilizer in the public sector, could not go into production due to low pressure of gas in the plant. The CUFL gets gas 34mmcfd against its requirement of 49 mmcfd

The government will hold three separate road shows in London, New York and Singapore from December 15 next to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) for  10 large power plants and two LNG stations.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to attend the  opening function of the road show in London on December 15. The- two-day  London road show will begin on  December 15.

The two-day  Road show in New York will start on December  18 while the  two-day  road show  in Singapore will begin  on December 21.

The government will hold the road shows to attract  foreign direct investments in the projects  like : Coal based power plants each having  capacity of 500MW   in  Chittagong Khulna , Mawna/ Jazira and Meghnagat. FDI will be encouraged also for establishments  of  450MW Bibiana Power Plant Unit-2, 450  MW Meghnagath Duel fuel based Power Plant, 225MW Bhola Power plant Unit 2nd , 450MW Sirajgonj unit-1 Power Plant, Kaliakoir and Savar  Power Plant  (each having capacity  of 100 MW) and two LNG terminals, Power Division Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad told The New Nation .    

The Power Division will also attract investments  for installation  of 400MW wind and solar based renewable power plants , he said.

“Power Division has already invited  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to attend the road shows and  submitted  a  paper to the PM in this regard,” he said, adding, “At least 50 to 80 delegates in world renowned power producing companies will be invited to participate in each  of the road show.”  

The government has already directed ambassadors in the USA, England and Singapore to prepare lists of the invitees , PDB sources said.                   

 As per PDB estimates more than $5 billion will be required to install the power plants.

Prime Minister’s Adviser for Power and Energy Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi, state minister for power and energy Brig Gen (retd) Enamul Huq, Power Secretary and the Chairmen of the Board of Investment, Power Development Board and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation will attend the road shows. The Petrobangla Chairman  is also likely to attend some of the oc

Dhaka, Moscow Sign Protocol for Peaceful Use of Atomic Energy

Monday, 10.26.2009, 07:13am (GMT)

Bangladesh and Russia have signed in Moscow a protocol on cooperation on peaceful use of atomic energy during visit of a nine-member team headed by state minister for Science and ICT Yeafes Osman.
According to a delayed message received yesterday, the protocol was inked on Wednesday providing for formation of a joint working group between the two countries. The composition of the group and its work schedule will be defined in the working process, it said.
M Neazuddin Miah, additional secretary of the Science and ICT Ministry, and Mikhail N Lysenko, Director of the State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom" of Russia, signed the accord on behalf of their respective governments.
The Moscow protocol was signed in the backdrop of Bangladesh planning to opt for a nuclear power plant to meet the crippling shortage of electricity in the country.
Bangladesh delegation visited Russia from October 18 to 22 for spot inspection of Russia's nuclear sites preceding the deal signing. The visit also followed a series of talks between the two sides in recent months after the Awami League government came to power early this year.
It was agreed in the protocol that both Dhaka and Moscow will arrange further exchange of visits, particularly at expert level.
UNB adds : During the visit, attention of Bangladesh was drawn to the possibilities in connection with the development of national program and its essential parts - legal framework in the area of peaceful usage of nuclear energy.
The Bangladesh delegation sought support from Russia in establishing nuclear power plant and the Russian side assured of extending possible assistance in the regard.
Following this umbrella deal, the matter of signing the framework agreement on the "Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant" was discussed. The main procedural issues on completion of negotiating the text of agreement and carrying out its technical revise in Russian, English and Bengali were finalized.
"The draft Agreement is under examination and soon it would be ready for signing," the release said. It was agreed that it will be signed at a mutually convenient time.
Practical steps on the realization of the "Memorandum of Understanding" between Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and the State Corporation "Rosatom" on cooperation in the area of peaceful usage of nuclear energy, signed in May this year in Dhaka, were also discussed.
During the tour, the Bangladesh delegation also visited the unit 4 of Kalininskya Nuclear Power Plant and the crisis-management center of 'Energoatom Concern'.
The crisis management center is an integral part of the NPP to ensure fall safety and security of the NPP round the clock.
The Russian Crisis Center is based on a concept embracing the best experiences and ideas of the leading nuclear powers-the United States and France-and underpinned by up-to-date information technologies, computer equipment and telecommunications.
A meeting was held between the visiting delegation and the senior management of "Atomstroyexport", the sole Russian Company to undertake Procurement, Construction and Project Management (EPCM) in Nuclear Power Plant abroad.
It was revealed from their presentation that the third-generation NPP using the state-of-the-art technology has an estimated life of 60 years with the provision of extension by another 20 years.
The delegation also made a presentation on 'Power System Planning of Bangladesh status of Nuclear Power Programme'.
A meeting was held between the Bangladesh delegation and SV Kiriyenko, former Russian Prime Minister and Director General of Rosatom. The meeting discussed the basic issues of the current Russia-Bangladesh cooperation and its perspectives.
Recalling that the Russian government and people stood shoulder to shoulder in Bangladesh's liberation war, Yeafes Osman said: "Our great leader, father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was respected very much by our Russian friends and, today, his daughter Sheikh Hasina is in power."
He also expressed his hope that the government and the great people of Russia would share the same warm feelings and sentiments for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the people of Bangladesh.
The state minister also said the government has outlined the target of generating 20,000-MW electricity by 2021 to ensure universal electrification in Bangladesh.
He stressed that, to meet that objective, nuclear energy is a major option for Bangladesh.
The former Prime Minister of Russia concurred with the current situation in Bangladesh and assured of providing all possible support to Bangladesh in this regard.
The other members of the delegation were M Dabirul Islam MP and President of the Parliamentary standing Committee on the Ministry of Science and ICT, Dr SM Saiful Hoque, Bangladesh Ambassador to Russia, M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, Secretary, ERD, AKM Abdul Awal Mazumder, Secretary, Ministry of Science and ICT, M Abul Kalam Azad, Secretary, Power Division, Dr Farid Uddin Ahmed, member (physical Science), Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, and Dr Mohammad Shawkat Akber, Principle Scientific Officer and Project Director of Rooppur Nuclear Power Project.
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