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2 int’l firms in race for consultancy of 1200mw Matarbari PP

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Staff Reporter
Two international firms, along with their associates, are in the race to obtain the consultancy job of 1200 MW Matarbari coal-fired power plant project, to be funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The two international firms are Germany’s STEAG Energy Services GmbH and Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Services Co., Ltd. (TEPSCO).
Official said STEAG Energy Services GmbH is a subsidiary of STEAG GmbH, Germany's fifth-largest electricity generator. It has vast experience in engineering services in the construction and modernization of fossil fuel-fired power plants and nuclear power plants. It constructed the Europe's most advanced coal-fired power plant in Duisburg-Walsum in Germany.
The TEPSCO is an affiliated company of Tokyo Electric Power Company having vast experience in providing consulting services for electric power industry. During fifty-one years since establishment, it was involved in 690 power projects in more than 65 countries in Asia, Europe and elsewhere.
According to official sources, the two firms submitted their tender proposals on July 14 to the Coal Power Generation Company Bangladesh Limited (CPGCBL), a special purpose company formed by the government to implement the country’s future coal-fired power plants in the public sector.
The government plans to set up a huge number of coal-fired power plants across the country as part of its fuel diversification move in power generation.
The recently prepared Power System Master Plan (PSPM) 2010 outlined 50 percent power generation from coal-fired power plants when the country’s total generation will reach 40,000 MW by 2030.
“We’ve received the bids of the two companies recently. After evaluation of their bids, one will be selected for the consultancy job of the project,” a top official of the CPGCBL told.
He said the government has a plan to complete appointment of the consultant within two months. The consultant will then prepare tender document for the project to invite international bids.
As per the plan, the construction of Matarbari project will start in 2015 and completed in 2022.
JICA recently signed an agreement with the government to initially provide $ 406 million to finance the project. The Matarbari project will be the country’s first “Ultra Super Critical Coal-Fired Power Project” having two units, each 600 MW capacity.
The project will also include construction of the country's first deep sea port for coal imports (18m-depth with 3km channel for 80,000ton-class ships) and 60 km of 400kV transmission line up to Anwara, and 30 km access road to the site from national highway in Cox’s Bazar.
As per a primary estimation, Power Division officials said the huge power plant would require $1.5 billion.