The Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase in a virtual meeting on Wednesday (April 28, 2021) approved 5 proposals including one for setting up a 15 MW Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) fired power plant in Hatiya island of Noakhali and another for installing 40,000 solar home systems (SHS) in three hill districts.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal presided over the online meeting.
According to a proposal of the Power Division, Desh Energy Ltd. will set up the 15 MW power plant at Hatiya Island from which the state-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) will purchase electricity for over the next 15 years.
The levelised tariff of each kilowatt hour (each unit) of electricity was set at US Cents 12.1042 and they government has to spend Tk 1,396.15 crore in the next 15 years to purchase the power from the plant.
The Parbatya Chattagram Unnayan Board (PCUB) under the Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Ministry will set up 40,000 solar home systems, each having 100 watt peak, and 2,500 community solar system, each having 320 watt peak, at the three hill districts.
The PCUB will purchase the entire solar home systems from BGB Welfare Trust at a cost of Tk 204.37 crore.
The committee approved a Railway Ministry’s proposal for extending the contract value of consultancy services for setting up of 3rd and 4th dualgauge rail line at Dhaka-Tongi Section with signaling and dualgauge double line at Tongi section by Tk 16.03 crore.
The Joint Venture of Aarvee Associates Architects Engineers & Consultants Pvt. Ltd., India and Ayesa Ingenieria Y Arquitectura, India have been engaged in the project as consultant.
Two separate proposals of the Public Works Department under the Ministry of Housing and Public Works received approval of the committee.
The first proposal was awarding contract for the civil works lot No-1 of the Narshingdi District Jail Construction project to Noorani Construction Ltd., at a contract value of Tk 67.30 crore while the second proposal was awarding contract to Wahid Construction Ltd., for civil construction work of Expansion of National Institute of Neuroscience and Hospitals at Tk 124.31 crore.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs in principle approved four proposals.
The committee approved a proposal of the Secondary and Higher Education Division to award 36 segments of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University’s permanent campus construction project through direct procurement method (DPM) to different contractors.
A proposal of the Health Services Division received approval of the committee to procure RT-PCR test Kits and PCR Lab Consumables through Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD) from different private companies through DPM.
These items will be procured to face the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Another similar proposal of the same division was also approved by the committee to procure health protection and medical equipment from private companies through the CMSD by the same method.
The committee also approved the health ministry’s proposal to procure vaccine technology from Russian and China to produce it locally.