1000 MW electricity to be added to the national grid by this month: Tawfiq
DHAKA, Mar 16 (BSS) – Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said today that government would add 1000 MW of electricity to the national grid by the end of this month.
“It would be possible to add this amount of electricity as 6 to 8 rental power plants are set to supply power by this time,” he said.
After a visit to 100 MW Desh Energy’s power plant at Shiddhirganj and 102 MW Summit Power Company’s plant at Madanganj, Tawfiq said government would be in a position to cope with the demand-supply situation in the power sector within next year.
He chaired a preparatory meeting with the officials and entrepreneurs for inaugurating these two power plants on March 20. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to formally inaugurate the plants.
Power Division Secretary Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad, Chairman of Summit Group Aziz Khan, Chairman of Desh Energy Anisul Haque and other officials were present.
“The government inherited the power problems and it is trying to solve the crisis with the help of the private and foreign investors,’ the adviser said.
Both these power plants have been set up under government’s immediate action plan known as `quick rental power project.’
Desh Energy, a local company installed the diesel-fired power plant last month and started producing electricity on “test run Basis”. Summit Power started test run at its furnace oil based plant from (Tuesday) yesterday.
Power Development Board (PDB) signed the contract with Desh Energy about eight months back. Per unit (Kilowatt) cost of electricity from this plant would be TK 16 plus.
Summit Power Co completed this project within the schedule. However, the cost of per unit electricity from this plant is Tk 7 plus.
The PDB produces around 3900 MW electricity against the demand of around 5200 MW.