2,406 MW power added to national grid in 3 yrs
By Kamal Uddin Ahmed —
DHAKA, Dec 1 (BSS) – A total of 2,406 megawatts of electricity were added to the national grid with the commissioning of 37 small and medium power plants in last three years.
Officials at the Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) said that of the total, 356MW came alone in 2009 while 775MW and 1275MW in 2010 and 2011 (up to October) respectively.
The country now produces 5000-5300MW electricity against the demand of 6000MW, according to PDB.
So far, the PDB officials said, 45 contracts have been signed for 47 projects to produce 5,247MW electricity and of them 20 went on commissioning with 1581MW grid connection.
Remaining 27 projects having capacity of 3666MW are now under construction and 11 projects of capacity 924MW are expected to be commissioned by this month.
To meet the growing demand for power, the government has adopted a short, medium and long-term plan for power generation with a target to produce 7000MW by 2013, 8,000MW by 2015 and 20,000MW by 2020.
The officials said they have a plan to give 1.8 million new connections soon and increase the people’s access to electricity up to 60 per cent from 50 at present by the next two years.
The loadshedding came down substantially in last three years, but the country still needs nearly 1,000 MW more to meet the present demand, which is soaring 10 percent every year.
Per capita generation is 252 kWh, the lowest in the region.
Talking to BSS, CPD executive director Dr Mustafizur Rahman said the government should go for coal power generation forthwith along with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) as envisaged in the medium term power sector development.
More than 82 percent of electricity is now generated from gas-fired power stations, seven percent from diesel, six percent from furnace oil, 2.5 percent from coal and close to three per cent from hydro.
Solar power — as the lone clean energy option — is being used in the off-grid areas, while a small wind power plant is still on a trial run.