Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) - Saudi Arabia on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh to set up a 3,600 MW LNG-based power plant.
As per the deal signed with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), Saudi private company ACWA Power will set up the power plant along with an LNG (liquified natural gas) terminal to facilitate fuel supply to the plant.
It will also set up a 2 MW solar power plant under the deal at an investment of about $3 billion. Of this $2.5 billion will be invested for the power plant while $500 million will be spent for setting up the LNG terminal.
Officials said this has been the first ever deal signed between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia regarding investment.
Addressing the deal signing ceremony at Intercontinental Hotel in the city, ACWA Chairman Mohammad Abunayaan said they hope the power plant will be most economic and efficient one.
He said the recent economic development has prompted the kingdom to come to Bangladesh to invest in power sector.
“Bangladesh has been a model for the Muslim world in the economic progress”, he said adding that this is the beginning of Saudi investment.
“This is our beginning and our journey and our relation will be for a longer time”, he said.
Officials said the Saudi company will conduct a feasibility study within next 6 months and then it will decide the location of the power plant.
Prime Minister’s private investment and industry advisor Salman F Rahman, who was the chief guest at the function, said that through signing the deal Saudi Arabia has fulfilled its commitment about its investment in Bangladesh.
He said the location of the power plant will be decided after feasibility study and there are a number of locations being considered for the proposed power plant including Mongla and Chattagram.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the country’s power sector has broken all records of investment as the total investment now stands at $22 billion from $2 billion in 2009.
He said many more foreign companies are showing interest to invest in power and energy sector in Bangladesh.
Power secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus said that some media is criticising the surplus power generation.
“But such surplus power generation is part of the power system masterplan prepared with the help of Japanese donor agency Jica.”
Chattogram, Oct 17 (UNB) – Two women were killed while two people injured as the gas cylinder of an ambulance exploded in Chaturi Choumuhoni area ofAnwara upazila Thursday noon.
The deceased were identified as Joynab Begum, 28, wife of Kamal Hossain and her neigbour Bulbuli Akter, 26, wife of Shahabuddin of Chambol Union in Banshkhali Upazila.
Md Dulal Mahmud, officer-in-charge of Anwara Police Station, said Joynab Begum along with some others was taking her father-in-law’s body to Banshkhali in an ambulance at noon.
When they reached Chatur iChoumuhoni area, the gas cylinder of the corpse-carrying ambulance went off around 2:30 pm, leaving Joynab dead on the spot and three others injured.
Bulbuli succumbed to her injuries at Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
Feni, Oct 17 (UNB) – An Indian national who was detained for trespassing into Bangladesh has been handed over to Indian Border Security Force (BSF) through a flag meeting on Thursday.
The detainee was identified as Md ManjurAlam, 18, a resident of Amjadnagar of Tripura state in India.
Commander of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) battalion 4 in Feni, Lieutenant colonel Md Nahiduzzaman said Manzur was arrested from Dublar Char area of Parshuram upazila on Wednesday.
Manzur was handed over to BSF through a flag meeting in the morning, he said.
Munshiganj, Oct 17 (UNB) - Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the construction work on the Padma Bridge will be completed by June, 2021.
He made the remark while talking to reporters at the Visitors’ Centre of Service Area-1 of the Padma Bridge here in the afternoon.
The minister said around 84 percent construction work of the bridge has been completed so far. The overall progress of the bridge work is 74 percent right now while the financial progress is 75.84 percent, he said.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader speaks to reporters at the Visitors’ Centre of Service Area-1 of the Padma Bridge in Munshiganj on Thursday, Oct 17, 2019. Photo: UNB
“The Padma River is very unpredictable. Sometimes it becomes difficult to place spans on piers. So, it’s not possible to complete the construction work within the scheduled time,” he said.
The minister mentioned that the driving work on all the piles of the main bridge has been completed in addition to constructing 32 out of 42 piers and completion of 63 percent river-training work. Construction work on connecting roads has also been completed, he added.
The minister also said a dairy farm of Bangladesh Army will be set up on a land which has remained fallow since its acquisition.
Munshiganj Deputy Commissioner Md Moniruzzaman Talukdar, Superintendent of Police Md Jayedul Alam were, among others, present.
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) – Expressing satisfaction over Hajj management in the last season, State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Md Abdullah on Thursday said the management would be better next year as the government is working in this regard.
He made the remarks while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Hajj Management Workshop-2019 at the Officers’ Club in the city.
The minister stressed the need for cooperation from all concerned including the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry, the Home Ministry and other agencies for successful management of hajj.
About Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh, he said there were many allegations against them earlier but the association is now doing well.
Members of the standing committee on religious affairs ministry Nojibul Bashar Maijvandarai, Mahmudus Samad,, M ShahadatHossainTaslim, Haab President, among others, were present at the programme while religious affairs secretary Anisur Rahman was in the chair.