The government is to set up a 150 MW diesel-run power plant in Syedpur of Nilphamari and it will solely depend on imported fuel from India. The fuel will be imported from Numaligarh of India.
The power plant along with the pipeline that will be used for fuel import is expected to start operation from June of 2021.
This is for the first time the country is installing a power plant that totally depends on imported fuel from the neighboring India which the related experts suggest a good economic solution for Bangladesh.
Dongsang Electric International Corporation (DEC) of China has won the contract as a contractor to implement the power plant. Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and DEC signed an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract on Tuesday in this regard. BPDB Secretary Mina Masud Uzzaman and Deputy Manager of DEC Ou Yanjiang signed the contract on behalf of their respective sides
Prime Minister’s Energy Affairs Advisor Dr. Towfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury witnessed the signing ceremony as the chief guest and said that, the power plant would play a vital role in stabilizing and improving the overall electricity service in the northern region of the country. The power plant will be a very cost-effective solution for us which we have ensured by calling an international tender.
Addressing the ceremony as the special guest State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said that, importing fuel from Numaligarh for the Syedpur power plant is way cheaper than sourcing it through Chittagong. This low cost sourcing of fuel will keep the power price low as well, he added. The construction of the power plant and the installation of the fuel-import pipeline are expected to finish simultaneously, so there will be no issues to begin the operation of the power plant within due time.
The state minister also added that, the government will keep improving the regional power-generation balance, quality of service and avail access to electricity to everyone.
The total cost to build the power plant has been estimated at around Tk 10 billion, of which the government will provide around Tk 3.02 billion.
Chaired by BPDB Chairman Engineer Khaled Mahmood, the signing ceremony was also addressed by Power Secretary Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus.