Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contract for setting up a 50-megawatt (MW) state-owned solar power plant at Sonagazi in Feni district is expected to be inked in the next month since all the procedures to this end has already been completed.
The Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCB) is setting up the plant, the largest so far in the public sector, with a cost of US$ 89.17 million. Out of the amount, around $74.15 million is being come from the World Bank as project assistance.
Talking to BSS, Mohammad Anwar Hossain, Project Director of the Sonagazi 50MW Solar Power Plant Construction Project, Feni, said fifteen EPC companies were submitted bids for getting work and from the companies, the tender evaluation committee has already selected the eligible company for the work.
The companies, mainly from China, were either submitted bids by their own or through joint-venture to secure the jobs of design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning, he added.
The Chinese companies which submitted bids are: Shandong Electric Power Engineering Consulting Institute Corp Ltd (SDEPCI), Gezhouba Group, GCL-DEC Consortium, China Sinogy Electric Engineering Co Ltd, Risen Energy Co Ltd, Zongnan-Sinohydro JV, Shanghai Electric Group, Consortium of Norinco-Int'l and SAC, Sungrow Power Supply Co Ltd, Trina- HYDC joint venture, CETC International Co Ltd, JV of Znshine-CNEEC, AVIC-WSGRI JV, and Senyuan YREC JV.
The lone Indian company that submitted the documents is Larsen and Toubro Limited.
Mohammad Anwar Hossain said the solar power plant will be built on government-owned land and the plant is expected to start generating electricity by June 2023.
He informed that Bangladesh has set a target to generate 10 per cent of the total electricity from renewable.
He said the main objective of the project is to contribute in achieving the target through increasing the generation capacity.
He said the plant will reduce the dependency on fossil fuel and carbon emission and develop the human resources by technology transfer.
The project director said the target of the project is to generate power from 50 MW Solar Photovoltaic Based Grid Connected Power Plant at the end of the project.