China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) was on Thursday awarded the deal of establishing a waste-based power plant for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).
A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement, chaired by Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, approved a proposal from the Power Division in this connection.
The plant will generate electricity by burning nearly 4,000 tonnes of garbage every single day.
The DNCC has taken an initiative to generate 42.5 megawatts of electricity per day by burning waste. The CMEC will implement the project by setting up the power plant.
The plant will be built on 26 acres of land at Aminbazar in Savar. A land use and waste supply agreement between Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and CMEC will be signed soon. The place is now being used by DNCC as a dumping station for its municipal waste.
The government will pay a total of Taka 1,535.43 crore to buy electricity from the power plant over a period of 25 years.
Additional Secretary Abu Saleh Mostafa Kamal of the Cabinet Division said that per unit power from the 42.5-megawatt plant would cost Tk 18.295/kWh.
He said that Tk 15,325 crore will be required for purchasing power for 25 years.
A Waste Concern study found that nearly 4,500 tons of household wastes are produced daily in Dhaka but DNCC and DSCC officials claimed the amount is 500 tons less.
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News source: The Daily Observer