Chinese consortium to set up 300 MW dual fuel plant in Bangladesh

A Chinese consortium is to set up a 300 MW dual-fuel peaking power station at Ghorashal, close to Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka.
The Chinese consortium - China National Technical Import and Export Cooperation (CNTIEC) and China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) - has proposed to build the plant.
"The Chinese consortium has won the bid for its lowest financial offer of Tk13.5bn ($189m) for constructing the plant," said an official from the state-owned Power Development Board (PDB).
"We have selected the Chinese consortium out of six bidders for its lowest financial offer and technical capacity for installing the gas-cum-furnace oil-based power station", he said. "We are hopeful of awarding contract to the consortium within a month if the government's cabinet purchase committee approves it at its next meeting", he added.
The PDB invited tender in November last year where six companies were short-listed for submitting their financial proposals.
The PDB selected the CNTIEC and CMC consortium to construct the peaking power plant to supply electricity to the energy-hungry capital city, which faces a shortage of nearly a day.
The official said from the date of awarding contract, the Chinese firm will produce electricity within 20 months.
Facing severe power supply plunge, the government has undertaken some 10 fast-track schemes to generate 820 MW. Under the progarmme, the government has already awarded nine power generation schemes to local and foreign contractors to generate power within the next year.
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