German-based Dorsch Holding GmbH was likely to be appointed as the project management consultant for the 16 kilometre long underground aviation fuel supply pipeline from Narayanganj to Kurmitola Aviation Depot at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital.
According to official sources, state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation had already forwarded a proposal in this regard to the Energy Division to receive the top-level approval.
They said that the energy division had also sent the proposal to the cabinet division to place it before the cabinet committee on public purchase, the highest government authority, for the approval.
Officials said that the BPC had earlier awarded a contract to Bangladesh Navy to construct the pipeline to facilitate uninterrupted supply of aviation fuel, particularly Jet A-1 one, directly from its depot in Pitalganj, near Kanchan Bridge, in Rupganj to its depot in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
As per the contract signed on November 8 last year, Bangladesh Navy would construct the pipeline as engineering, procurement and construction contractor at a contract value of Tk 183.33 crore.
A fuel storage tank was also included in the project. However, the whole project cost was estimated at Tk 228.49 crore.
The BPC officials said that the navy was conducting a survey and some other technical works as part of preparations for the physical works for the construction of 8-inch diametre 16-km pipeline.
But after awarding the contract, the BPC felt that it should have consulted for the project and instantly contacted Dorsch Holding GmbH to hire it as the consultant for the project, said a top official at the BPC.
He mentioned that Dorsch Holding GmbH was an experienced firm which had worked as the project management consultant of the 60-km Bakhrabad-Siddhirganj gas pipeline project of state-owned Gas Transmission Company Limited.
After negotiation, the BPC had finally decided to hire Dorsch Holding GmbH and its subsidiary Dorsch Consultant (India) Private Ltd for the job at a cost of Tk 5.86 crore.
Officials said the whole process to select the German firm and its associate was done under the Speedy Increase of Power and Energy Supply (Special) Act, 2010 which allowed any public
purchase without tender process.
The BPC officials said that once the 16-km pipeline was constructed, it would reduce the transportation cost to delivering aviation fuel to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Currently, the fuel was brought from the Narayanganj depot to Kurmitolaone in tank-lorries. But traffic congestion sometimes hampered the timely supply of the fuel.
At present, the annual demand for Jet A-1 fuel was around 400,000 tonnes and most of which was supplied to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
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