As part of its Power System Master Plan (PSMP) 2016, the government is going to implement 10 mega projects of about 15,000 MW of capacity by 2030.
Director General of Power Cell Mohammad Hossain who is involved in chalking out the plan said the government has already initiated a move to implement the plan as per its vision to raise electricity production to 40,000 MW by 2030 and 60,000 MW by 2041.
However, the government’s main focus in the existing plan is on raising the electricity production to 24,000 MW by 2021 when the country will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee at 50th year of independence, said the Power Cell chief.
Power Cell, a technical wing of the Power Division, has been entrusted with the responsibility to prepare the PSMP and other power-related plans to ensure coordination among power sector entities.
Of the 15,000 MW of power, officials said, 11,000 MW will come from nine projects of Power and Energy Ministry while 4,000 MW from nuclear power plant under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
They said implementation of three of nine mega projects under the Power and Energy Ministry have already started while the first phase of 2,400 MW of the 4,000MW nuclear power started by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
These are 1320 MW Moittri Super Thermal Power Project taken by Bangladesh-India Joint Venture with a target to implement it by 2019 in Rampal, 1200 MW Materbari Coal-based Power Plant of Coal Power General Company Bangladesh Ltd (CPGCBL) in Cox’s Bazar being financed by JICA with a targeted implementation time of 2021 and the 1320 MW Paira Coal-based Power Pant taken by Bangladesh-China JV.
Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL) of Bangladesh and CMC of China has got engaged to implement the 1320 MW Paira coal-fired project in Patuakhali.
According to the officials, the remaining seven mega projects are now at different stages of implementation although their physical works could not yet be started because of non-settlement of funding and some other technical issues.
These are 1320 MW Pekua power plant of EGCB-MITSUI joint venture (Targeted implementation time 2023), PDB’s 1200 MW Moheshkhali coal-fired power (2024), 1320 MW Moheshkhali coal-fired power plant with an implementation target of 2022, 1320 MW Ashuganj power plant (2021), 1200 MW coal-fired power plant of CPGCL-SEMCROP (2023) and LNG-based combined cycle power plant of Reliance Group of India (2023).
The remaining 1600 MW nuclear power plant has been targeted by the Ministry of Science and Technology to implement by 2030.