Pyara coal-fired power plant may go into operation by 2019

Shamim Jahangir

27 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Pyara coal-fired power plant may go into operation by 2019

The country’s first public sector large coal-fired power plant in Pyara is expected to start producing electricity production in September next, five months behind the schedule, said officials concerned.

“We are hopeful to produce electricity from unit-1 of the Pyara power plant from September next as we are expecting to synchronize the plant by this time,” said Bangladesh-China Power Company Ltd Managing Director Engr. A.M. Khurshedul Alam.

He also expected that the power plant will go for commercial generation of electricity from November this year. Besides, the unit-2 of the power plant will go into commission in early 2020, he said.

He said that the physical progress of the power plant is 75.95 percent while the financial progress of the plant is about 57.20 percent untill April last.

All equipment of the unit-1 of the coal fired power plant, implemented by Bangladesh-China Power Company Ltd, have been installed by this time, according to the officials.

The power evacuation of the plant will be completed mid of the next month, he said. “We have already signed a 10-year deal with the Indonesian private party to procure the coal for the plant,” said Engr. A.M. Khurshedul Alam.  He added coal, the basic raw material of the plant, will be imported from next month. The Bangladesh-China power plant is one of the country’s four public sector power plants.

The government has set a target to generate 18,392MW electricity from coal-fired power plants. Of the electricity, some 5040MW of electricity will come from public power plants.