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Indo-Bangla Plant, Generation of power by 2018
Saleem Samad
Publish Date : 2014-07-28,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 162
The India-Bangladesh Maitree super thermal power project is expected to start generating electricity by December 2018.
The US$1.2 billion Maitree power joint venture is planning construction of the plant in the first quarter of 2015. It would have two coal-fired units, each having  660 MW generation capacity.
The 1,320 MW plant is to be implemented by Bangladesh India Friendship Power Company Ltd (BIFPCL), a 50:50 venture between the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited and Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).
The company on Saturday held a meeting in Kolkata for the first time with Monowar Islam, Secretary of Ministry of Power. Several agenda were resolved at the meeting which were pending before invitation of the tenders for setting up the plant.
BIFPCL has recently appointed Fichtner Consulting Engineers and is in the process of finalising a consultant who will help in sourcing coal for the project, official sources said.
The first project of this venture is the Maitree Project at Rampal, Bagerhat district at the fringe of the Sundarban mangrove forest, which a section of the civil society and left-leaning political parties have been opposing.
The land has been provided by Bangaldesh government and NTPC will set up two 660 MW units at the location. NTPC will deploy Indian expertise to operate, maintain and train personnel to manage the power plant.
The plant is likely to consume around 8 million tonnes of coal every year and the entire generation will be based on coal import into Bangladesh, the power secretary said last evening.
"Following successful implementation of the project, the joint venture may look into setting up additional projects in the country," he said.
At present, Bangladesh faces a total demand of about 7,500 MW. A total 500 MW is sourced from India of which 250 MW is from NTPC, he added.

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