Dhaka, 6 Jan, Abnews: State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid today said Matarbari 1,200 MW ultra-supercritical coal fired power plant in Cox's Bazar district achieved 18 percent physical and 13.63 percent financial progresses so far.
"In the near future, Bangladesh will be a developed and environment-friendly country. As electricity is the key component of the development of a country, this power plant will play a significant role in improving the fate of the local people," he said while visiting the plant in Cox's Bazar yesterday.
He said the government would construct land-based LNG terminal and coal terminal, which would take forward the country quickly.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is funding the Taka 50,000-crore Matarbari power plant project.
The project includes the construction of channels and jetties, ultra-supercritical coal fired power plants and coal yards. Rural electrification, township building, laying of Chakoria-Matarbari 132 KV Transmission Line and the construction of a sub-station with the capacity of 132/33 KV are also under the project.
Under the rehabilitation programme, an NGO named Shushilan-BBCS JV is providing cooperation for implementation of the rehabilitation work.
The power plant authorities is providing training to the people affected by the land acquisition on fishing, sewing, cattle and poultry raising, primary healthcare, agriculture, computer and electronics.
Lawmaker Ashik Ullah Chowdhury, BPDB Chairman Khaled Mahmood, Managing Director of Coal Power Generation Company Bangladesh Limited M Abul Kashem, Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Hiroyasu Izumi and JICA Chip Representative Takatoshi Nishikata were present, on the occasion, among others. – BSS