Power Division prepared the list

Inefficient power plants to be shut

Shamim Jahangir

5th November, 2020 10:46:32 printer

Inefficient power plants to be shut

The Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) has suggested for closing old and inefficient gas-fired power plants for best utilisation of natural gas for producing electricity, a top official said.

“Recently, we have suggested Power Division to shut those inefficient plants down. For efficient energy usage, we need efficient equipment. It is not possible to run everything with the 40 years old equipment in power stations,” EMRD senior secretary Md Anisur Rahman told the Daily Sun.

He said power stations will be able to produce reliable electricity using latest technology.

“We have listed down some specific power plants and told them (Power Division) to closee those down, otherwise we won't be able to supply required natural gas,” Anisur Rahman said. 

For instance, Baghabari is one of the ineffective plants as it remains inactive most of the time and supplying gas to that plant is not wise, he mentioned.

Moreover, the power plant has been suggested to be shut dow as there were complaints regarding this power plant, according to him.

“We are not only focusing on the efficiency in power sector but also rearranging everything effectively,” the senior secretary said.

For instance, many industries are replacing their existing generators with modern and efficient generators.

“As a result, gas demand reduced because they are installing 1200kw generator instead of 1500kw. So this is how they are utilising gas efficiently,” he pointed out.

Contacted on comments for EMRD secretary’s remark,  Power Division Secretary Dr Sultan Ahmed said the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) has prepared a calendar to shut the inefficient plants.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) has suggested for closing old and inefficient gas-fired power plants for best utilisation of natural gas for producing electricity, a top official said.

“Recently, we have suggested Power Division to shut those inefficient plants down. For efficient energy usage, we need efficient equipment. It is not possible to run everything with the 40 years old equipment in power stations,” EMRD senior secretary Md Anisur Rahman told the Daily Sun.

He said power stations will be able to produce reliable electricity using latest technology.

“We have listed down some specific power plants and told them (Power Division) to closee those down, otherwise we won't be able to supply required natural gas,” Anisur Rahman said. 

For instance, Baghabari is one of the ineffective plants as it remains inactive most of the time and supplying gas to that plant is not wise, he mentioned.

Moreover, the power plant has been suggested to be shut down as there were complaints regarding this power plant, according to him.

“We are not only focusing on the efficiency in power sector but also rearranging everything effectively,” the senior secretary said.

For instance, many industries are replacing their existing generators with modern and efficient generators.

“As a result, gas demand reduced because they are installing 1200kw generator instead of 1500kw. So this is how they are utilising gas efficiently,” he pointed out.

Contacted on comments for EMRD secretary’s remark,  Power Division Secretary Dr Sultan Ahmed said the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) has prepared a calendar to shut the inefficient plants.

“We will shut the plants gradually,” he said.


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