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Govt to conduct survey to supply LNG in Payra

State-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL) plans to conduct a detail feasibility study for supplying Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to the proposed 3600MW combined cycle power plant at Payra.   

The government is planning to choose an alternative route to supply fuel to the proposed 3,600 megawatt (MW) Payra power plant due to poor drafting at the Payra port.

The NWPGCL has recently sought permission to conduct the feasibility study from power division in this regard.

“We need to shift the imported LNG to shuttle the Floating Storage and Re-gasified Unit (FSRU) at Matarbari to feed the 3600MW combined cycle power plant as it’s impossible to supply the LNG directly at Payra due to poor drafting,” said the official letter signed by NWPGCL Managing Director AM Khorshedul Alam. 

He said the company will require detail feasibility study in this regard.          

The state-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd and German based Siemens are jointly implementing the LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) based power plant at Payra in Patuakhali.

A Singapore based surveyor firm Worley Parsons, assigned by the North-West Power Generation Company Ltd, has already conducted a feasibility study on LNG supply to the proposed Payra power plant.  The firm suggested for using the Matarbari ‘sheltered area’ for unloading LNG for the proposed the power plant at Payra.

The joint venture is now negotiating to import LNG from BP Singapore Pte Ltd (BP), sources confirmed.

As per the feasibility study, the firm recommended for construction of an offshore shuttle floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) which will supply re-gasified LNG through onshore pipeline. But, the Shuttle FSRU will be at sheltered areas considering the sea condition, it suggested.

“It’s impossible to unload LNG from the mother vehicle at Payra port due to poor drafting…So, the LNG supply might be continued from mother vehicles to small vehicles unless conducting extensive dredging at Payra port,” it suggested.   

The joint venture plans to generate 1200MW of electricity from the proposed plant in December 2022 and another 2400MW in December 2023. 

State-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd’s  AM Khurshadul Alam requested the ministry concerned to allocate about 150 acres of land in favour of 3600MW LNG based joint venture power plant near 1200MW Matarbari power plant so that supply of the proposed LNG plant at Payra becomes hassle free.           

Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC), however, seeks about 1000 acres of land at Moheskhali in Cox’s Bazar for setting up a refinery and a large scale plant for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

At present, the Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner’s office is conducting a feasibility study for Moheskhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development Initiative with the support of JICA.  As per the initiative, two separate power hubs will be developed at Moheskhali and Matarbari.

The government has already signed deals to construct 10 power plants having combined capacity of about 12,000MW between 2025 and 2038 at Moheskhali. Besides, seven more power plants having combined capacity to generate around 6200MW will be set up between 2024 and 2033 at Matarbari.

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