Eighteen international firms submitted expressions of interest (EoIs) for a feasibility study for the development of Dinajpur’s Dighipara coal field.
Talking with energynewsbd.com, Md. Aminuzzaman, Managing Director of the state-owned Barapukaria Coal Mine Company (BCMCL) said that they have recently received EoIs from eighteen firms.
The eighteen companies includes - USA based Golder Associates, Indian Tata Group, UK based FWS Consultants Ltd and China based CCPG.
“We will evaluate the EoIs of these companies and among these companies applied, seven companies who will be deemed best suited to do the work will be short-listed through a full fledged evaluation process. We will send Request For Proposal (RFP) documents to the shortlisted companies,” he said.
A company will be later shortlisted from the RFP receivers to assign for the task, he added.
On April 4, 2016, BCMCL invited expressions of interest from international firms to develop and carry out complete geological and geo-technical study to determine technical and economical feasibility of Dighipara.
The study would include the following activities: exploration planning, supervision and management of exploration activities.
The feasibility study will start in October 2016 and finish in March 2019.
The government plans to set up a 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.
So, the government plans to develop the local coal mines to meet the demand. However, all the planned coal-based power plants still remain on paper.
In 1995, Geological Survey of Bangladesh discovered Dinajpur’s Dighipara mine, which has a proven coal reserve of 150 million tonnes.
The BCMCL, a company of Petrobangla, will implement the projects. The project’s main objectives would be to identify the total reserve ofDighipara coal basin (within 24 sq-km) and to develop a coal mine of 3 million tonne production capacity per year in the central part of the basin (within 6 sq-km).
Petrobangla and the EMRD have already handed over exploration licence of 4,000 hectare of Dighipara coal mine area to the BCMCL.