PM inaugurates four power plants

DHAKA, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today

inaugurated four power plants that added 435.4 megawatts (MWs) of electricity

to the country's national grid.

The premier also opened eight 33/11 KV GIS substations along with the

power plants through a videoconferencing from her official Ganabhaban

residence here this afternoon.

Through the same function, Sheikh Hasina, also Minister of the Ministry of

Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, launched cent percent electrification in

10 upazilas of the country.

The four power plants are � Baghabari, Sirajganj 200 MW Power Plant by

Paramount BTrac Energy Ltd, Jamalpur 115MW Power Plant by United Jamalpur

Power Ltd, Bogura 113 MW Power Plant by Confidence Power Bogura-2 Ltd, and

Kaptai, Rangamati 7.4 MWp Solar Photovoltaic (PV) by Grid-Connected Power

Generation Plant at Kaptai.

The eight substations are � Godnail, Mandalpara, Dapa of Fatullah, and

Nandalalpur of Fatullah in Narayanganj and Shahjahanpur, Mugdapara, Banosree

of Rampura and Zahir Raihan Road of Shahbagh in Dhaka.

The 10 upazilas which came under cent percent power coverage are �

Goraghat in Dinajpur, Matlab Dakkhin in Chandpura and Sadar, Pachbibi and

Akkelpur in Joypurhat, Paba in Rajshahi, Sadar and Rupganj in Narayanganj,

Haripur in Thakurgaon and Companiganj in Noakhali.

According to officials of the power ministry, a total of 340 upazilas in

the country have so far been brought under cent percent electricity coverage.

Among others, PM's Energy Adviser Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State

Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, lawmakers

Mirza Azam, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapon and Md. Habibe Millat and Asian

Development Bank (ADB), Bangladesh Country Director Manmohan PARKASH were

present on the occasion.

PM's Principal Secretary Dr. Md Nojibur Rahman moderated the function

while Power Division Senior Secretary of Ministry of Power, Energy and

Mineral Resources Dr Ahmad Kaikaus gave an overview on the overall

development in the power sector.

As many as 93 per cent people have been brought under electricity coverage

as the country achieved capability of producing over 22000 MW electricity.

Chief Coordinator on SDG Affairs of the Prime Minister Office (PMO) Md

Abul Kalam Azad, PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan, and PM's Press Secretary

Ihsanul Karim were also present.

The prime minister later exchanged views with the people of the concerned

districts.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)