1,508 MW power to add to national grid by Dec 2018

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 DHAKA, May 10, 2018 (BSS) – Five power plants having 1,508 megawatt (MW) generation capacity would be commissioned by December this year as the government is working to implement by 2020 the seventh five-year year plan related to SDG targets.

“Following the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in 2030, the government would ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services,” State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told BSS at his office here on May 8.

He said five power plants having a total of 1,508 MW generation capacity have been under construction, which would come in operation in June and December 2018.

According to project details, the under construction power plants include Bibiyana South 383 MW, Sirajganj 225 MW (Unit-3) and Bibiyana 400 MW (Unit-3) are scheduled to be commissioned by December 2018 while Sirajganj 225 MW (Unit-2) and Barapukuria 275 MW (Unit-3) would come in operation in June 2018.

Apart from this, the government is working to import 500-MW electricity from Baharampur in India from June 2018.

“The government led by visionary leader Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina targets to reach electricity every household by FY 2021 and fixes power generation capacity targets at 23,000 MW by FY2020 (end of Seventh Plan); 24,000 MW by 2021; and 40,000 MW by 2030,” the state minister added.

He said the projected share would rise to 21 percent by the end of the seventh five-year plan and subsequently to 50 percent by FY2030, which was only 3 percent (FY2015).

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