The parliamentary standing committee on power, energy and mineral resources has questioned the disparity in rates the government is charging for 10 different plants currently under construction in Bangladesh.
The ministry has submitted a report which cites differences in land prices, logistics, transport cost, engine capacity as reasons behind the ‘unmatched rates’.
Costs of placing transmission line, transport cost, varied rates of fuel and generator are among some other reasons mentioned in the report submitted at a meeting of the committee on Sunday.
“We asked the ministry for Information, and they have submitted the report. It will be reviewed and discussed at the next meeting,” said Tajul Islam, chairman of the committee.
According to the report, electricity will be purchased from the diesel and furnace-run plants at the following rates:
|Power plant||Location||Capacity (megawatt)||Rat (per kilowatt)|
|Confidence Power Holdings Ltd||Bogra||113||10.60 cents|
|Midland Power Management Company Ltd||Ashuganj, Brahmanbari||150||10.50 cents|
|Orion Power||Management Lobonchora, Khulna||110||10.60 cents|
|Consortium Of Summit Corporation Ltd and Summit Power Ltd||Kodda, Gazipur||300||10.60 cents|
|Ecron Infrastructure Service Ltd,||Potia, Chittagong,||100||10.50 cents|
|Energy Ltd||Chandpur||200||10.65 cents|
|Bangla Trek Ltd||Daudkandi, Comilla||200||25.41 cents|
|Bangla Trek Ltd||Nayapara, Jessore,||100||25.41 cents|
|Egreko International Projects Ltd||Keraniganj, Dhaka||200||25 cents|
|APR Energy||Keraniganj, Dhaka||300||25.41 cents|
One cent=Tk 8.5)
The ministry has approved the plants that are expected to together produce 1,773-megawatt electricity.
The ministry has ordered Bangladesh Power Development Board to stick to the same conditions it outlined for previous agreements with other private companies while signing agreements with these 10.