BD to set up wind power plants
Date for submission of bids extended
Country is trying to switch some power generation to wind power plants known as 'wind mills' to increase 'green energy' share in total power mix after ongoing solar power and gas and coal fired power generation.
The government has issued invitation for bidding from interested parties to set up three wind power plants at the coastal belt of the country each having 50 MW capacity at three places. The authorities recently extended the date for the bidding as prospective bidders made the request to come up with preparation.
Earlier the government had moved to set up a 100 MW wind power project in the offshore areas about eight years ago but it remained unattended so far. The new move comes in the backdrop of the earlier one.
UNB adds: The new move plans to set up wind power plants Chandpur's Kachua, Khulna's Mongla and Cox's Bazar's Inani beach. Official sources say state-owned Power Development Board (PDB), which invited the tender to implement the projects by private sector has rescheduled the closing date to July 30 from June 30.
A top official of the Power Division, under which the PDB is working as a government entity, said "a good number" of aspirant bidders, mainly from China and India, have shown interest in the projects.
They sought a deadline extension at a pre-bid meeting, he said, adding that the time was increased at their request.Power Division sources said the government invited tender from private sponsors to set up the wind power plants on build-own-operate basis in the next two to three years. PDB will purchase electricity from the plants over a period of 20 years, they said.
Wind power generation is one of the untapped sectors in Bangladesh. Officials said the government's move is part of its strategy adopted in its Power System Master Plan to produce 10 percent of the total power from renewable sources.
Tthe government in the earlier round awarded a contract to an Indian consortium to set up a 30 MW wind power plant in Sonagazi upazila of Feni district but it did not materialize.
Producing wind power requires no fuel and hence, no harmful gas is produced. Wind turns the turbines, which in turn, drive the generator.
Nine sites were explored, said Mohammad Alauddin, joint secretary in-charge of renewable energy at the Power Division.
Initially the three locations were selected as wind speed and velocity appeared very supportive for power generation.