“I have already asked the Power Division on Saturday to take necessary steps for appointing the consultant by next week,” State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid told daily sun.
The state minister said the consultant would give advice on managing environmental impact, water resource management and security arrangements in and outside of the proposed power plants.
“Moheshkhali would be country’s ultramodern ‘energy hub’ like Singapore,” Nasrul Hamid said.
The government has already signed two deals on mega power projects with Chinese firm Hudian Hongkong Power Company Limited and JICA to implement power plants having capacity to generate 1320MW of electricity.
Besides, the government in principal has decided to allow a UAE-funded coal-based or LNG-run mega power plant having capacity to generate 1000MW of electricity at Moheshkhali.
A high-powered team of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources will visit the UAE in October in an invitation from the UAE authorities.
The government has so far allocated 5000 acres of land to set up the coal-fired power hub on Moheshkhali Island.
Meanwhile, the Coal Power Generation Company Limited (CPGCL) has already invited tender to appoint consultant for the Matarbari coal-fired power project.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company Limited (TEPCO) and Germany-based Stake Energy Services have already submitted bid documents for the power project.
CPGCL officials said they would require another month to award the consultancy job.
Besides, the tender for awarding the work-order of the Matarbari coal-fired power project will have to be invited at the end of next year, a CPGCL official said.
The Power Division has set a target of generating around 20,000MW of electricity from coal-based power plants by the year 2030.
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