The Bangladesh-China Renewable Energy Company Limited (BCRECL) has floated an EPC tender for setting up a 60 MW solar power plant. This is a joint venture company of Bangladesh’s state run North-West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL) and the China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC). The said 60 MW project is part of a larger project to generate 450 MW electricity from renewables in Sujanagar, Pabna, in the northwest of Bangladesh. It will be set up in 205.7 acres of land. The project is expected to start commercial operations by December 2022 and the bid submission deadline is December 26, 2021.

China will invest $500 million for a total renewable energy capacity of 500 MW coming up in the country. As per the tender guidelines, the 60 MW project’s EPC contractor will also be responsible for the turnkey construction of a 37-kilometer 132 kV double circuit transmission line with substation bay extension. The bidders must have built at least two solar PV projects, both of which are outside of their home countries and each with a minimum capacity of 50 MW (AC), during the last five years and have a minimum average annual turnover of $100 million. Prior to the bid closing date, the power plants shall have been in continuous commercial operation for at least one year. The scope of work for the EPC comprises design, installation, testing and commissioning of the PV plant and auxiliaries including grid connection.

In July 2021, the BCRECL requested EPC firms to compete for a new 68 MW solar power facility in Sirajganj area. The project, which will be built on 214 acres of land, is slated to be completed next year. In December 2023, the BCRECL expects to begin commercial operation of another 50 MW wind power plant in Patuakhali district.