Bangladesh is inviting bids to build a 300–450 MW gas-fired power plant, said a senior official.
“This is a new project by the government. The selected bidder will have to build the plant in two and a half years and then hand over to the authority,” said an official of the Bangladesh Power Development Board, according to Reuters.
The tender for the gas fired combined cycle power plant, to be built in Bibiyana in the country’s northeast, will open on 18 October.
Bangladesh aims to triple its power generation to 15 GW by 2016. Government plans involve constructing up to 89 power plants as well as importing 1 GW of power from India, Nepal and Bhutan. A planned nuclear plant would provide 2 GW.
In the meantime, costly rental power plants that mainly run on fuel oil are helping to tackle the country’s severe power shortage. A recent deal with ConocoPhilips is intended to help overcome a lack of natural gas.
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