Renovation of power plants

Renovation of power plants
Govt to sign MoU with Russia
Shamim Jahangir

The government is contemplating to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russia to renovate a number of old power plants in the country.

“We are preparing draft to sign the MoU with Russia as early as possible,” a senior official of the Power Division told daily sun on Sunday.

He said the government has a plan to rehabilitate and maintain a number of old power plants by the help of Russian state-owned power company through signing the MoU. At least 10 power plants, having a combined capacity of 833MW, stopped electricity generation due to lack of maintenance and overhauling, the official said.

The power plants are–30MW Ghorasal unit 2, 190 MW Ghorasal unit-6, 150 MW Siddhirganj steam, 29MW Haripur GT unit-3, 180 MW Raojan Steam unit-2, 50MW Kaptai Hydro power unit-3, 30MW Khulna steam unit-1, 20MW Sylhet GT, 90MW Barapukuria coal-fired power plant unit-1 and 64 MW Ashuganj Steam.

The government has already taken an initiative to rehabilitate the 30MW Ghorasal unit-2 gas-fired power plant with Russian company Technopromexport, the official said.

The Russian federation had established a series of power plants after independence of the country.

“Russian support, after independence in 1971, to reconstruct country’s power sector is enormous. So the two sides want to build it again,” the official said.

It would be the latest development with Russia after both countries signed an agreement on November 2 this year to install two separate reactors, having capacity 1000MW each, for installing nuclear power plant at Rooppur in Pabna, sources said.

Besides, the Russian state-owned Gazprom has proposed to drill 10 exploratory and development wells here to reduce gas crisis immediately.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Division will soon place the Gazprom proposal before cabinet’s economic affairs committee.


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