The cabinet committee on national purchases in Bangladeesh at a meeting on Wednesday appointed Russian company Rostechnadzor as a safety consultant of the under construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant at a cost of Tk 1,357 crore.
Presided over by finance minister AMA Muhith at the secretariat, the cabinet meeting approved a proposal from the science and technology ministry to appoint the Russian company without any tender on the recommendation of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority.
According to the proposal, Rostechnadzor would provide consultancy until 2026.
The construction of the Rooppur plant by Russian Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation at a cost of $12.65 billion, 90 per cent of which is funded by loans from the Russian government, would be completed in 2024.
Rostechnadzor has been providing services to Bangladesh since 2016. According to the ministry proposal, the company would have to be paid Tk 2.42 billion in total for its services up to 2018.
Of the amount, over Tk 33 crore has been paid by the authorities concerned on an urgent basis.
Additional secretary Mostafizur Rahman of the Cabinet Division, while briefing the reporters, said that the committee had approved appointment of joint venture companies M/s CREF and NDE for construction of international passenger terminal at Cox’s Bazar airport at a cost Tk 275 crore and the National Development Limited for extension of the Export Cargo Apron to Hazrat Shahjalal international Airport at a cost of Tk 155 crore.
He said that Sunrise Enterprise won two deals of Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board for construction of eight sub-stations at Tk 50 crore.
He informed that the committee sent back a proposal from Bangladesh Bridges Division for conducting a feasibility study on construction of subways in Dhaka.
Earlier, a meeting of the cabinet committee on economic affairs approved a proposal for importing 3,50,000 tonnes of urea fertiliser from Qatar on a government-to-government deal.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Power & Energy