Two Japanese company place tender documents for Matarbari power plant


Dhaka, January 31: Two short listed Japanese bidders—Marubeni and Sumitomo on Tuesday placed tender documents for the implementation of 1,200MW coal-based power plant at Matarbari in Cox’s Bazar.
The two Japanese bidders were earlier short listed following their submission of expression of interest (EoI).
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said that with the bidding of two Japanese companies the confusion regarding this mega project has gone away.
“After the terrorist attack in Gulshan on July 1, the project work had been stalled for six months. Now with the submission by Marubeni and Sumitomo, the project work is set on motion again,” he told reporters during a press meet at the secretariat.
When asked whether a six month delay would put an impact on the project completion schedule, Nasrul said that they will try to expedite the process by squeezing all the works in a tight and compact schedule.
Tawfique-E-Elahi Chowdhury, the Energy Advisor of the Prime Minister said that there is no more fear of terrorist attack in Bangladesh. “We have been successfully able to create confidence among our Japanese friends to come here for bid submission within six months. I consider this as a success,” he said.
Earlier, the bidders has requested the company to keep the tender submission process for the construction of Matarbari power plant project adjourned for an indefinite period, citing security reasons following the terrorist attack in Holey Artisan resturant at Gulshan.
Following the request, CPGCBL pushed the tender submission deadline back by six month from the original deadline of July 24.
Now, with the bidding process open from Tuesday, the project work has been put on again.
The Matarbari plant will have an installed capacity of 1,200MW, with two units producing 600MW each. It will use imported coal to meet the rapidly rising power demand. The government is building the Matarbari coal-fired power plant to ease the electricity shortage.