Talks with neighbouring countries underway for electricity import
Zariat Mushfique of DOT
The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated four power plants that added 435.4 megawatts (MWs) of electricity to the country’s national grid, as well as eight 33/11 KV GIS substations via videoconferencing from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka yesterday afternoon. The Minister of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources had also through videoconferencing launched complete electrification in 10 upazilas of Bangladesh. Officials of the power ministry provided that so far a total of 340 upazilas in the country were brought under cent percent electricity coverage, reports BSS.
The four power plants are the 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. While 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 received 100 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.
Around 93 percent of the population has been brought under the coverage of electricity as a result of the country achieving the capability of producing over 22,000 MW of electricity.
The PM during the inauguration had also announced to meet the growing demand, talks with neighbouring countries is underway to import electricity. She stated, “Discussions are on with India, Myanmar, Bhutan and Nepal to import hydropower to meet our demands, we’ve taken that initiative.”
She had stated already 600 MW electricity has been imported from India, adding that, “We’re thinking of investing in Bhutan, negotiations are on for that. We’re also planning to invest in Nepal.”
The PM has however asked that people austerity while partaking in the use of electricity due to the fact that consumers receive the facility at half the price of production and transmission costs, reports UNB.
She recalled the days of the BNP-Jamaat regime, and stated that they had pushed the country backwards in many sectors which includes the power sector. She stated, “”We’ve taken development programmes to meet the demands, build poverty-free Bangladesh, and provide electricity to all the houses for the socioeconomic development of the country.” She also spoke of the important role the development of the power sector plays as, “Electricity creates job opportunities.”