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PM announces 100pc electrification

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today

announced bringing 100 percent populations under electricity coverage as she

inaugurated 1,320 MW Payra Thermal Power Plant, the largest of its kind.

With opening the coal-fired power plant with eco-friendly Ultra-Supercritical

Technology, Bangladesh has achieved another milestone implementing the

government's pledge to bring 100 percent people under electricity coverage by

"Mujib Borsho" which is going to end on March 31.

The premier announced cent percent electrification with opening Payra power

plant while addressing a function here.

Sheikh Hasina, in person, visited the district for the first time to open the

power plant built here since Bangladesh likewise the world has been rattled

with the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.

The Payra power plant was built on 1000 acres of land at a cost of 2.48

billion US dollar beside the Ramnabad River at Kalapara Upazila of the

southern Patuakhali district and Bangladesh has become 13th country among the

world in using the ultra supercritical technology in producing power.

The first 660 MW unit of the power plant went into commercial operation in

May, 2020, utilising the 400 kv Payra-Gopalganj Power Transmission while the

second one started operation in December 2021.

Apart from the 1320MW thermal power plant, construction work of another

power plant is underway while the government has also a plan to build another

1320MW power plant and a solar system power plant in Payra.

The Payra Thermal Power Plant was developed by Bangladesh China Power Company

Limited (BCPCL), a 50:50 joint venture between the China National Machinery

Import and Export Corporation (CMC) and Bangladesh's state-owned North-West

Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL).

Bangladesh-China Power Company (Pvt.) Limited and Consortium of NEPC & CECC

signed the EPC contract on 29 March, 2016 to implement the Payra 1320 MW

Thermal Power Plant Project in the fastest possible time.

Bangladesh is now ahead of India and Pakistan, among the South Asian

countries that have brought 98 per cent and 74 per cent of their population

under the electricity network, according to data from the World Bank.

The power generation capacity has rocketed to 25,514 MW in February 2022 from

4,942 MW in January, 2009. Of them, 1160 MW electricity is being imported and

19,626 MW is being locally produced.

In 2009, only 47 percent of the population had access to power. Per capita

power generation has increased from 220 kWh to 560 kWh and distribution

losses of electricity have been reduced by 5.85%.

Electricity has been provided to the local chars Sonarampur, Ashuganj,

Rangabali, Monpura, Sandwip, Hatia, Nijhum Island and Kutubdia through

submersible cables.

The prime minister released 1320 pigeons, the symbol of peace, after

unveiling the nameplate of the 1320MW power plant and went round the central

control room of the plant.

Earlier, a guard of honour was given to the premier on her arrival at the

helipad adjoining the Payra Thermal Power Plant.

Later, 200 fishermen boats decorated with various colours welcomed Sheikh

Hasina by waving flags and playing songs as soon as the prime minister

arrived at the coal jetty.

A festive mood has been prevailing in the areas from the tourism spot Kuakata

to the Payra power plant and their neighborhoods which get facelift with

various eye-catching things.

PM's Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Adviser Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi

Chowdhury, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul

Hamid, Secretary of the Power Division of the ministry Md. Habibur Rahman,

and Ambassador of China to Bangladesh, Li Jiming, spoke on the occasion.

Director General (DG) of BCPCL Engineer AM Khurshedul Alam gave the welcome

address.

An audio-video presentation on the progress of the power sector and the Payra

Thermal Power Plant was also screened on the occasion.

The ministry presented the prime minister a memento while a song titled "O

jonaki ki shukkhe oi dana duti melechho" dedicated to Sheikh Hasina was

played.

Source: United News of Bangladesh