Jannatul Ferdousy, back from Ashuganj
The government is going to extract coal from Barapukuria coal mine (north side) under the controversial open cut method.
newly extracted coal will be used for 1320 MW coal-based plant planned
by Ashuganj Power Station Company Limited (APSCL), said its Managing
Director Engineer Nurul Alam.
"We have both the options- local coal
and imported coal. Since there are some limitations about extraction of
local coal, import of coal is also under consideration," the MD of the
state-owned APSCL Eng Alam told this correspondent.
government starts extraction of coal at Barapukuria in northern
Dinajpur, the APSCL will set up a new coal-based plant at the mine
mouth. The feasibility for the plant has also started, he said.
(Production Sharing Contract) of Petrobangla, Eng Kamruzzaman, said,
"Already we have completed feasibility study on coal mining at
Barapukuria (north side)".Though there is a controversy about open cut
mining method in the country, the site is fit for applying the method,
Mokbul-e- elahi, former Petrobangla Director (Operation),
shared his views about open extraction from Barapukuria (north side).
The problems regarding the open cut mining do not apply to the north
side. The government has taken a wise decision, he observed.
APSCL is the oldest and largest power plant in the country generating
900MW of electricity. It is going to set up four gas -based power plants
replacing the old four.
On July 20, 2013 Prime Minister inaugurated
the four plant modules. These are Ashuganj (CCPP) 450MW south, 450MW
(CCPP) North, 225 MW (CCPP), and 200MW. The module installations of
450MW (CCPP) south 83 per cent, 450 (CCPP) north39 per cent, 225MW 95
per cent, 200MW 90 per cent have been completed, informed APSCL
officials during a visit to the site of correspondents of various
newspapers on January 4.