The government is likely to award contracts for two wind power plants, one in Chandpur and another at Inani Beach, Cox’s Bazar to ensure a better power supply in the country.
State authority wants wind energy to be poured into the national grid power. To achieve the goal, the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) has already started evaluating a number of bids submitted by aspiring bidders, according to official sources.
‘Each of the two projects will have 50-MW generation capacity,’ said a source adding that the BPDB received bids for the two projects through a re-tender process in December 2020.
The proposed two plants were to be set up at Kachin in Chandpur and at Inani Beach in Cox’s Bazar on a build-own-operate basis in the private sector.
Earlier, the BPDB had moved to set up three wind power plants, including the above two and another at Mongla.
Only one responsive bidder was found for the Mongla plant and no one found for the Chandpur and Inani Beach projects, the official said.
However, the BPDB submitted contract for the Mongla (Bagerhat) project in December to a Chinese-Bangladeshi joint venture- the Consortium of Envision Energy, (Jiangsu) Co Ltd, China, SQ Trading and Engineering, Bangladesh and Envision Renewable Energy Limited, Hong Kong.
‘In the re-tender, we’ve received three bids for Inani Beach and two for Chandpur location,’ said Zahir Ahmed, head of BPDB’s Renewable Energy Cell.
He said that he was hopeful that this time BPDB can pick responsive bidders for the two projects as they look good in the preliminary assessment.
‘We’re hopeful that we can complete the evaluation of the bids within a month and award the contracts within the first half of the current year,’ he said.
State-owned BPDB will submit electricity from the plant at a levelised tariff of $13.20 cents, equivalent to Tk 10.56 per kilowatt hour (each unit) over the period of 20 years.
Zahir Ahmed said that the organization had already started construction work on the project.
The government will spend a total of Tk 2035.12 crore for the entire contract period against its purchase of electricity from the maiden private wind power project, said the officials.
BPDB officials said works on two more wind power projects are going on in full swing-one having 60 MW capacity in Cox’s Bazar and another 30 MW capacity plant in Feni in the private sector.
According to the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA), only three small wind energy plants, with a total capacity of 2.9 MW, have been installed by the BPDB so far against its target of setting up wind power projects having total capacity of 1152 MW by 2020.
SREDA chairman Mohammad Alauddin also said that this time, the government was very serious to expedite the process for awarding contracts to Chandpur and Inani Beach projects.
Officials at SREDA and the BPDB said that a number of studies were conducted in partnership with international donor agencies to assess the wind energy potentials across the country.
The latest one was conducted by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), with financial support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which identified nine locations, having the wind energy potential across the country.
The locations, having average wind speed between 5-6 metre per second at a height of over 60-80 metre, are Lalpur of Natore in Rajshahi, Chandpur, Sitakundu and Parkay Beach in Chattogram, Gouripur in Mymensingh, Madhupur Tea Estate in Habiganj, Dacop in Khulna near Mongla port, Inani Beach in Cox’s Bazar and Badarganj in Rangpur.