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Dhaka Monday,  Nov 20, 2017

Installing rail line to Rampal PP for carrying coal sought

Shamim Jahangir

Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) has proposed to construct Khulna-Mongla Port rail line and conduct a feasibility study on implementing the Rampal power project.
The BPDB has included a project titled ‘Construction of Khulna-Mongla Port Rail Line and Feasibility Study’ with the Rampal 1320MW coal-fired project under Indian line of credit.
To implement the proposed Tk 17.21 billion 67.7-km broad gauge rail link project, the government will support Tk 12.02 billion fund from the Indian line of credit.
In a recent proposal, the BPDB acting secretary Mazharul Haque said the proposed Rampal power project would be constructed for generating electricity from imported coal.
The government has also planned to construct another 1320MW coal-fired power project at the site, he informed to power division.
“Around 1800 tonnes of ash would be produced as by-product from each of the proposed power projects that would be used for producing cement, brick and road construction,” he said.
Besides, around 312 tonnes of limestone would be imported for Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) for the proposed plant, he added.
“So it is necessary to include a rail link with Rampal plant to carry coal from local sources to the plant, imported limestone for FGD and construction materials,” he justified.
But, the Ministry of Railway said there is no option to include a rail line to the project as the ministry has already appointed contractor.
The Bangladesh Railway has a plan to complete the project within 2019-20. It has also sought information from Rampal authorities about coal transportation.

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