State-owned Barapukaria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) has invited for expressions of interest (EoIs) from international firms to conduct the feasibility study for the development of Dighipara coal field at Dinajpur.
ABM Kamruzzaman, General Manager of Planning and Environment of BCMCL told energynewsbd.com that the firm will develop and carry out complete geological and geo-technical studies.
“Through those studies, we will determine technical and economical feasibility of Dighipara,” he said.
Kamruzzaman also said that the study will cover the following areas: exploration planning, supervision and management of exploration activities. After getting EoIs from prospective firm, we will prepare a shortlist.
“After having those studies being conducted, we will seek request for proposal (RFP) documents and other relevant papers from the shortlisted firms only.”
He informed that the last date for submission of EoI is on May 15 this year. “The feasibility study will start on October 2016. The tentative completion date has been fixed on March 2019,” he said.
In 1995, Geological Survey of Bangladesh discovered Dinajpur’s Dighipara mine. The mine has proven to have a coal reserve of 150 million tonnes.
The government has a plan to set up series of coal-fired power projects to generate 20,000MW of electricity by 2030. But no arrangement has so far been made to import coal for the projected goal.
Thus to meet the demand the government is going to develop the local coal mines. However, all the planned coal-based power plants still remain on paper for coal sourcing crisis.
The BCMCL develops the country’s lone coal mine, which has a reserve of 390 million tonnes stretching over 6.68 square-kilometres in Parbatipur upazila.