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Dhaka Saturday,  Nov 17, 2018

Indian firm proposed to set up a power plant in Bhola

EB Report

The government is likely to allow an Indian firm to set up a 225MW dual-fuel power plant in Bhola under an unsolicited deal.
Indian firm Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Capital Company Ltd earlier proposed to move its existing power project at Udamsingnagar district under Uttarakhand Pradesh in India to Bhola.
A three-member technical team that visited plant in India recently said the plant could be installed here, but the net generation capacity would be 200MW.
The authorities will have to involve the equipment producer during the process of removing, dismantling, packaging and reinstalling the plant from India to Bangladesh, the technical team suggested.
Installed on a 13-acre site, the plant will require 35mmcfd of gas to operate.
A 34.5MW rental gas-fired power plant is already operating in Bhola while another 225MW public-owned plant started producing electricity recently, officials informed.
“We have a plan to set up another unit in public sector using the rest of gas resource,” an official concerned said.
“But it would not be possible if the Indian power plant is allowed here,” the official added.
The power division has already prepared a proposal regarding the Indian power plant, insiders said.
A top level business house is also lobbying to help the Indian firm get the approval for setting the plant here, sources claimed.
Earlier in June this year, the Power Division decided to allow the Indian company to install the power plant if it agrees not to seek liquidated demurrage (LD) in case of shortfall of gas supply to the proposed plant. Earlier in 2011, the government allowed Indian firm LANCO to set up a gas-fired power plant in Bhola. But the firm later scrapped the deal as the as it failed to get the assurance of gas supply for 15 years to the proposed plant.

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