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Japan to provide $1,500m more for Matarbari power plant


Japan to provide $1,500m more for Matarbari power plant

Japan will provide 217,556 million Japanese Yen (JPY) (approximately $1,500 million) more in 7th tranche under the 44th Japanese Loan Package (2nd batch) for the Matarbari Ultra Super Critical Coal-Fired Power Project. Under the project, 'Exchange of Notes' and 'Loan Agreement' for 7th tranche of Matarbari Ultra Super Critical Coal-fired Power Project under the 44th Japanese ODA Loan Package (2nd batch) were signed on Saturday (Sep 30) between the Government of Bangladesh and the Government of Japan.

Sharifa Khan, Secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD) signed the 'Exchange of Notes' and the 'Loan Agreement' on behalf of the Government of Bangladesh. IWAMA Kiminori, the Ambassador of Japan in Bangladesh signed the 'Exchange of Notes' and ICHIGUCHI Tomohide, Chief Representative, JICA Bangladesh Office, Dhaka signed the 'Loan Agreement' on behalf of the Government of Japan, said a press release.

The signing ceremony was held at NEC-2 Conference Room of ERD in the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.

The rate of interest of this loan will be 1.60 percent for construction, 0.10 percent for consultancy services, Front End Fee (at a time) 0.2 percent, and repayment period will be 30 years which includes 10 years grace period.

This project is being implemented to meet growing electricity demand and to improve stable power supply by installing 1200 MW (600MWx2 units) Ultra Super Critical Coal-fired Power Plant at Matarbari Area of Maheshkhali Upazila under Cox's Bazar district. Total cost of the project is Tk 51,854.88 crore (GOB Tk 6,406.16 cr., JICA Tk 43,921.03 cr., CPGCBL Tk 1,527.69 cr.).

Project implementation period is July 2014 to December 2026. Up to August 2023, physical progress of the project is 78.30 percent and financial progress is 65.14 percent.

JICA is providing assistance for this project in different phases. JICA has already provided 437,754 million JPY in 6 tranches. Under this 7th tranche of ODA Loan for this project, JICA will provide 217,556 million JPY.

The release said Japan is the single largest bilateral development partner of Bangladesh. Japan has been providing continuous support for the socio-economic development of Bangladesh since our independence. The ODA commitment has exceeded $30.34 billion till now.

Japanese loans and grants are being utilized in a wide range of areas including power, roads, bridges, telecommunication, agriculture, health, education, water supply and sanitation, rural development, environment, human resource development etc.

The Japanese assistance contributed significantly in overall development of the country.

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