Payara power plant, the country’s maiden fast track project and one of the largest coal-fired power plant initiated by the Awami League government, has started electricity generation yesterday, a top official said.
“Thanks to Allah as we have started test commissioning of the country’s largest power plant at Payara in Patualhali district,” said Engr. A.M. Khurshedul Alam, managing director of Bangladesh-China Power Company Ltd.He said the initially the plant is generating 100MW of electricity out of its 660MW capacity from unit-1 of the Payara power plant, but generation would be gradually increased until 30 January.
“The production of electricity in this plant will be used at Gopalganj, Faridpur, Barisal and Patuakhali districts,” said Alam.
The power plant is one of the 18 coal-fired power plants initiated by the current Awami League government and first ever fast track project out of 10 projects to go into operation.
“We are expected to complete the commercial commissioning of the plant next month,” the official said. Work on 18 coal-fired power plants, with a 18,392MW electricity production capacity, are now underway.
Two other mega coal-fired power plants under joint venture initiatives with India and Japan is expected to be commissioned on schedule time, despite some problems.
The power plants are: 1200MW Matarbari with Japanese fund, 1320MW Indo-Bangla power plant and 1320MW Bangladesh-China power plant.According to power division sources, the government is implementing 1320MW Rampal power plant adjacent to the Sundarban mangrove forest despite protests by environmentalists. The mega power plant of Rampal is expected to start production of electricity in 2022.
The unit-1 of 1200MW Matarbari power plant is expected to come into operation in January 2024 which is being implemented by CPGCBL.
Despite the progress of the public and joint venture power plants, the power division has expressed disappointment of the progress of the private sector plants.