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Govt to extract coal under open cut mining at Barapukuria
Ashuganj Power Co to set up coal-fired plant at mine mouth
Published : Tuesday, 6 January, 2015,  Time : 11:07 AM,  View Count : 35
Jannatul Ferdousy, back from Ashuganj
The government is going to extract coal from Barapukuria coal mine (north side) under the controversial open cut method.
The newly extracted coal will be used for 1320 MW coal-based plant planned by  Ashuganj Power Station Company Limited (APSCL), said its Managing Director Engineer Nurul Alam.
 "We have both the options- local coal and imported coal. Since there are some limitations about extraction of local coal, import of coal is also under consideration," the MD of the state-owned APSCL Eng Alam told this correspondent.
 If the government starts extraction of coal at Barapukuria in northern Dinajpur, the APSCL   will set up a new coal-based plant at the mine mouth. The feasibility for the plant has also started, he said.
Director (Production Sharing Contract) of Petrobangla, Eng Kamruzzaman, said, "Already we have completed feasibility study on coal mining at Barapukuria (north side)".Though there is a controversy about open cut mining method in the country, the site is  fit for applying the method, he added.
Mokbul-e- elahi, former Petrobangla Director (Operation), shared his views about open extraction from Barapukuria (north side). The problems regarding the open cut mining do not apply to the north side. The government has taken a wise decision, he observed.  
The APSCL is the oldest and largest power plant in the country generating 900MW of electricity. It is going to set up four gas -based power plants replacing the old four.
On July 20, 2013 Prime Minister inaugurated the four plant modules. These are Ashuganj (CCPP) 450MW south, 450MW (CCPP) North, 225 MW (CCPP), and 200MW. The module installations of 450MW (CCPP) south 83 per cent, 450 (CCPP) north39 per cent, 225MW 95 per cent, 200MW 90 per cent have been completed, informed APSCL officials during a visit to the site of correspondents of various newspapers on January 4.

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