The sea port being built for the Matarbari coal-fired power plant will be turned into a deep-sea port, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said. He was talking to journalists after visiting the power plant site in Maheshkhali of Cox's Bazar on Friday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the main construction work of the 1, megawatt power plant on January She will also address a public rally at the project site.
Terming the under-construction port Energy-Power Deep-Sea Port, the state minister said it would be initially used for producing power and handling coal. Later, a deep-sea port would be built as an extension to it for multi-purpose use. Imported coal will be supplied to other coal-fired power plants across the country from this terminal.
The ultra-super critical Matarbari power plant would require around 8, to 10, tonnes of coal daily, he added. Of Tk 35, crore, Japan International Cooperation Agency Jica will provide Tk 28, crore and the rest will be shouldered by the Bangladesh government. Some preparatory works of the project has been done in the last two years.
Those include acquiring and developing land, digging a 2. Although the project was expected to be completed bythe deadline has been deferred to July Among other reasons for the delay in implementation of the project was the brutal militant attack at Holey Artisan Bakery in the capital's Gulshan on July 1, The attack left 20 people, including seven Japanese, killed.
The state minister hoped the project would be completed by Nishikata said his organisation agreed to finance the project considering the geographical location of the project site and Bangladesh's development potentials. Asked about the environmental impact of the project, he said both development and environmental conservation should be pursued.
Ambassador Hiroyasu Izumi said the Japanese government was very happy to be involved in the project. The project comprises construction of two MW power plants, a deep-sea terminal with jetty and yard facilities, a The government has a plan to build several more coal-fired power plants in the adjoining area, the state minister told reporters. The 1, MW power plant would be set up on around half of the land and the rest would be left for setting up new power plants in future, he added. Skip to main content.
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The loan package comprises assistance in six major projects amounting to Japanese yen The objective of the project is to strengthen the port logistics capacity of Bangladesh by constructing a new commercial port at Matarbari area in Chittagong. The total trade volume of Bangladesh has been increasing at an average 12 percent for the last 10 years due to economic growth rate of average six percent per year. But port logistics capacity is insufficient to meet such a sharp increase of demand, the embassy said.
The container handling capacity of Chittagong Port is even lower than current container demand, and the port does not have enough capacity to handle large container vessels. The objective of the project is to improve capacity and safety of transportation by constructing a dedicated railway bridge over the River Jamuna in parallel to the existing Bangabandhu Bridge.
This is for efficient logistic and passenger network within the country and with neighbouring countries. The The government has taken a revised strategic transport plan in to promote an efficient plan of urban-transport development for the Dhaka metropolitan area up to the year The objective of the project is to alleviate traffic congestion and mitigate air pollution in Dhaka by constructing a mass rapid transit system MRT Line 6 from Uttara to Motijheel about 20km.
MRT Line 6 will carry half a million passengers per day and shorten the average travel time from Uttara to Motijheel from minutes to 36 minutes. The objective of the project is to meet the increasing electricity demand and achieve stable power supply in Bangladesh by constructing an ultra-super critical coal-fired power plant in Matarbari area.
As domestic natural gas production is declining, Bangladesh is prioritising other energy sources such as coal for diversification of the energy mix. The coal-fired power plant with coal handling port for imported coal will be leading to critical change in energy diversification.
The net plant efficiency will be The objective of the project is to establish a system for strengthening non-communicable diseases or NCDs control and the access to health services by urban poor population in Dhaka through improving the quality of health services at primary and secondary level health facilities in all division.
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This will help Bangladesh become a middle-income country, according to the statement. Japan has been the single largest bilateral donor for Bangladesh since The loans have a year repayment period with a year grace period. The annual interest rate for consulting services for all projects is 0.
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The 2. DHAKA MRT-5 The government has taken a revised strategic transport plan in to promote an efficient plan of urban-transport development for the Dhaka metropolitan area up to the year He also said the negotiations for loans with JICA for construction of the deep sea port will begin in May. The Chittagong Port Authority CPA has taken up several plans to cope with the pressure of handling an increasing volume of exports and imports. Two terminals of the deep sea port—a container terminal and a multi-purpose terminal—will be built at the channel of the plant by In this situation, the channel built for the Matarbari coal-fired power plant would be extended to the sea by deepening it so that metre-draft vessels with 8, TEU container capacity could berth, said Aziz.
The deep sea port will have a draft of 16 metres, where metre-long vessels with a capacity of 8, TEU containers will be able to berth—this is double the capacity of the Chittagong Port. At present, metre-long and 9.
Responding to the call, JICA prepared a master plan inshowing the possibilities of the Madarbari coal-power plant and the deep sea port. A metre wide channel with a draft of 16 metres will be created to enable vessels carry coal to the power plant.
The plan shows the possibility of building a deep sea port here by using the channel. It was pointed out at the workshop that none of the seaports in Bangladesh are deep sea ports. As a result, ships requiring considerable draft cannot enter them. It was also said that bythe existing container handling would rise from 5. The present seaports of the country do not have the capacity to handle huge containers and vessels and the building of a deep sea port is the only solution.
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Today's Paper. Matarbari deep sea port to be modelled on Japanese Kashima, Niigata ports. The countrys first deep sea port at Matarbari will be modelled on the Japanese ports of Kashima and Niigata and feasibility study of the proposed port has already been completed, CPA chairman Commodore Zulfiqur Aziz said yesterday.
The government is planning to build a deep sea port in Matarbari, Coxs Bazar, by using a facility of the Matarbari coal-fired power plant.The JICA said ports in Bangladesh can potentially suffer serious damage in the event of a large-scale earthquake followed by a Tsunami. Since the Matarbari port is expected to provide a backstop services in the event of damage to other ones, the proposed port needs to be built with disaster-resistance capacity, the JICA report recommended.
The report said that the Chittagong port was developed on soft ground, which can inflict severe damage on it if a large earthquake strikes. The Japanese agency, which is overseeing the development of Matarbari port, also suggested that equipment to be installed in the deep-sea port must have seismic isolation device. Officials said in some terminals at the Chittagong port the container cranes have been installed having seismic isolation device.
The decision has also been taken to use seismic isolation devices for the jetty-side container cranes to be installed in New Mooring container terminal. The JICA, in its report, also suggested installing IP65 equivalent waterproof electrical equipments such as motors and brakes at the bottom of cranes in the Matarbari port. The waterproof equipment needs to be installed as a countermeasure against storm surges, the report noted.
He said the government signed a 2. Some Country's prime seaport Chittagong is seeing over 10 per cent container handling growth during the last couple of years. The container cargo throughput of Bangladesh is forecasted to substantially increase to In the absence of a deep-sea port in Bangladesh water area feeder vessels carry containers to and from transhipment ports in Colombo and Singapore for export- import trade of the country.
The first phase of the deep-sea port at Matarbari is expected to be completed by the middle of having one multipurpose and one container terminal. The main channel of the port will have metre water depth and the target is set to bring mother vessels of 8, TEUs in the port.
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Biman flights to remain suspended until April Shops except drugstores to remain shut after pm.Japanese contractor wants more orders from emerging countries. The order came from a Japanese consortium that struck a billion yen deal with a Bangladeshi utility to develop a coal-fired power plant and nearby port in the district of Matarbari. Penta-Ocean will dredge a 14km access channel for cargo ships carrying coal, while also handling land reclamation and other preparations for the power plant site.
The work is scheduled to start in September and last until January The contractor has already carried out temporary channel dredging and other preparatory tasks for the Sumitomo-led project, wrapping up the work in April. This helped it secure the full port order, Penta-Ocean said. Building its presence in emerging countries is a major part of the strategy. Sign up to our newsletters to get our best stories delivered straight to your inbox.
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He has further viewed that Sonadia will be a most ideal place for a deep-sea port as its natural draft is over 15 metres. But prime minister Sheikh Hasina did not award the construction work of the Sonadia port to China during her visit to Beijing in June because of a last-minute persuasion by Delhi, he said.
The rejection of China for the port work led to the dumping of the Sonadia port project and compelled Beijing to look for building an alternative deep-sea port in Myanmar for this region while India is constructing a road network through its seven-sister region to access the deep-sea port tin Myanmar.
Professor Imtiaz has noted that the country needs to strike a right balance in dealing with other countries. He also noted that the proposed deep-sea port at Sonadia was not a priority of the government right now. Indian media report warrants no response: foreign ministry. Bus-truck collision kills four in Gaibandha. Majed hanged for Mujib murder. Bangladesh police struggle enforcing pandemic shutdown. House rent, relief demanded for domestic workers. Moments of silence to be observed today to mourn deaths of migrants.
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Sign up to exclusive daily email. More Stories from Country. Recent Majed hanged for Mujib murder Bangladesh police struggle enforcing pandemic shutdown House rent, relief demanded for domestic workers Moments of silence to be observed today to mourn deaths of migrants CJ extends closure of all courts till April One of the major factors that has slowed down the pace of economic growth in Bangladesh is the lack of proper transport infrastructure, especially sea ports.
The country has not built a new port since independence inand badly needs to construct one to meet its growing international trade requirements. Bangladesh immediately needs a deep sea port that could effectively handle large number of containers. The Chittagong port is highly silted, and only small vessels can move by taking advantage of incoming and outgoing tides.
While the Chittagong port suffers due to excessive traffic, Mongla faces the problem of inadequate rail and road connectivity. Considering the prevailing circumstances, the Bangladesh government has adopted a pragmatic approach towards port development in the country. Beijing completed a feasibility study and promised to provide subsidised loan for the project.
However, Dhaka and Beijing could not reach an understanding on the port project since the issue of finance was not resolved. According to local reports, the tough conditions put by China stood in the way of finalising the deal. Besides, the procurement of commodities, services and equipment from China was made compulsory.
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Reports indicate that Japan also seeks to build electricity transmission lines, highways and railway lines as part of an industrial corridor in Matarbari. Bangladesh expects that the new Matarbari power plant will redress the perennial electricity shortages in the country and encourage foreign investment in the manufacturing sector. A comprehensive package offered by Japan is more beneficial for Bangladesh in view of its long-term economic development goals.
In fact, the Japanese offer necessitated a review of whether the Sonadia project was required at all. The AL government maintains that the Matarbari project is sufficient for the country. Experts have noted that Matarbari has the potential to become a hub of trade and connectivity after all the schemes under it are fully implemented. In commercial terms, the ports in the Indian Ocean zone are important for both China and Japan.
In the face of growing competition over key infrastructure development projects in the littoral states of the Indian Ocean, Japan has succeeded in outmaneuvering China on interest rate terms by using its economic prowess. Japan considers Bangladesh as the pivot in the evolving scenario due to its central location in the Bay of Bengal.
In another major development, the Bangladesh government has undertaken the task of building a second deep water port at Payra in Patuakhali district. A United Kingdom based marine consultancy firm H R Wallingford is reported to be in the process of preparing a master plan for development of the port.
The port project gained momentum in the last few years, with a Payra Port Authority being created in Earlier on May 19,Bangladesh premier Hasina inaugurated Payra sea port site and development work began soon after.
In Octoberthe National Economic Council approved Tk 1, Crore to build primary infrastructure and facilities to make the port functional.