The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) has issued a notice inviting interested developers to set up wind power projects at two sites in the country. Both sites, Chandpur and Coz Bazar, will have a 50 MW project each leading to a total capacity of 100 MW. The selected developers will set up a 50 MW project on a build-own-operate basis for 20 years.
According to the bid conditions, the successful developers will be selected through competitive bidding. Perspective bidders will have to submit a qualification statement with a detailed proposal. Developers with prior experience in setting up grid connected projects will be given preference. Successful bidders will have to arrange financing, land and necessary documents. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for October 8, 2020 while the last date to submit bids is November 3, 2020.
BPDB has a total installed power capacity of 20.8 GW, out of which 55 per cent capacity is gas-based while 1,160 MW of power is imported. Renewable power is present in small amounts with 35 MW of installed solar capacity. Meanwhile, no wind power project has been installed till now. The country has been steadily trying to improve its power supply situation and almost 95 per cent of the population has access to electricity as of July 2020.