Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – The Bangladesh government has floated international tenders for construction of two more gas-fired combined cycle power plants to generate up to 750- megawatt (MW) of electricity on turn-key basis by 2015.

State-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) has invited the tenders to build — Ghorashal 300-450 mw and Shahjibazar around 300-mw power plants, which will be implemented under tenderer’s financing, officials said.

The BPDB has started selling tender documents for Ghorashal 300-450 mw power plants from December 29, 2011 and will receive bids until April 5, 2012.

For around 300-mw Shahjibazar power plant, BPDB has started selling tender documents from December 27, 2011 and will receive bids until March 29, 2012.

The bid winner will be responsible for engineering, design, manufacturing, inspection, supply, installation, erection, testing and commissioning of the plant within the given time-frame, they added.

The BPDB officials also said these two power plants will be built among many other new plants to overcome the country’s electricity supply shortage.

The government has so far signed 49 contracts to generate 5,319 mw of electricity since taking office in January 2009, they said, adding that a total of 1,944 mw of additional electricity has come online so far.

BBN/SSR/AD-15Jan12-1:56 am (BST)