Govt setting up 20 fast-track power plants with 2,935 MW

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DHAKA, May 29, 2018 (BSS) – The government is implementing 20 fast-track Independent Power Producers’ (IPPs) projects having 2,935 megawatt (MW) generation capacity.

“With sincere and relentless efforts by the government, out of 20 IPPs, three plants having 600 MW generation capacity, have already commenced generation,” State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told BSS here today.

The rest of the IPP projects with High Speed Diesel (HSD) and Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) plants would come in operation in phases, he said, adding, “Another power plant at Keraniganj, having 100 MW capacity, is set to commence today.”

According to the IPPs projects, Summit, the largest (IPP) in the country has completed construction of HFO fueled reciprocating power plant with 300 MW capacity. The Summit Gazipur II Power Limited has begun supplying power to the national grid from 5th May 2018.

It was implemented as a fast-track project within nine months, a period that was set by Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Power Division of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, it said.

Meanwhile, Bangla Trac Limited had completed construction of 100 MW HSD power plants at Nowapara in Jashor and 200 MW at Daudkandi.

Besides, Acorn Infrastructure Services is installing 100 MW furnace-oil based power plants. The BPDB has fixed deadline to commence generation on June 30 this year.

Another local company, Orion Power Rupsha Limited, completed 79.5 percent construction work of 105 MW power plant on an average and the date of commercial commencement is June 25 this year.

The project details said Desh Energy Limited is setting up a furnace-oil based 200 MW plant in the Chandpur area and United Enterprises and Co Limited is constructing 200 MW HFO at Jamalpur.

The government has awarded the jobs to local companies to meet the growing power demand in the country as the country’s peak demand for power usually increases in summer.

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