PM opens two rental power plants in N’ganj

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PM opens two rental power plants in N’ganj

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurating the 100mw Siddhirganj power plant at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj Sunday. — PID Photo

NARAYANGANJ, Mar 20 (BSS): Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government has been making relentless efforts to increase the country’s electricity generation aimed at encouraging foreign investors and resolving the nagging power crisis.

The Prime Minister (PM) said this after inaugurating the operation of two newly set up rental power plants and laying the foundation stone of another one at three separate locations in the district Sunday.

“We need more power plants to raise the country’s electricity production as foreign entrepreneurs have started arriving to invest in Bangladesh taking the advantage of congenial investment environment,” she said.

The two plants that went into operation are 100-megawatt (mw) Siddhirganj diesel-based quick rental power plant and 102-mw Madanganj furnace oil-based quick rental power plant.

The two power plants were set up in the private sector under a fast-track programme to resolve the nagging power crisis.

With the opening of the plants, 202 mw more electricity has been added to the national grid.

The present government during the last two years has been able to add nearly 14,00 mw power that is considered as one of the major successes of the Awami League (AL)-led government.

The PM also laid the foundation stone of 360-mw Haripur combined cycle base-load power plant, the biggest in the public sector so far.

Describing power crisis as one of the major impediments to foreign investment, Hasina said her government after taking office has taken allout measures to raise the country’s power generation. It declared power sector as ’emergency sector’ and brought amendments to necessary rules, she added.

“We have undertaken projects to increase power production in public and private sectors and through public-private partnership (PPP). It is a great achievement of the government that we have already added nearly 14,00-mw electricity to the national grid during the last two years,” she said.

The PM called upon all to maintain austerity in using electricity for overall development of the country. Referring to the recent tsunami in Japan, she expressed deep condolence at the loss of lives and property in the disaster.

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