660MW Payra power plant resumes production today

Special Correspondent

4 June, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The country’s largest ever coal-fired power plant 660MW Payra unit-1 will resume electricity production today (Thursday) after 15-day shut for coal shortfall, a top official said.

 “We have continued electricity generation from unit-1 of the Payra power plant which shut for coal shortage 15-days back. Three ships have already arrived in the port that were delayed due to coronavirus outbreak across the globe,” Engr AM Khursedul Alam, Managing Director of state-owned North West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL) told daily sun on Wednesday.

He said the power plant will resume its electricity generation today (Thursday).

The power plant, owned by NWPGCL, has produced maximum 680MW of electricity after commercial operation during operational period, according to him.

He added the plant will require 6000 metric tonnes of electricity during the maximum generation of electricity.

“We are now taking over the power plant from Chinese contractor through overcome difficulties during the testing period,” he said.

He, however, said the completion of the unit-2 of the power plant might be delayed due to coronavirus outbreak across the globe.

Under construction 660MW coal-fired power plant of Payra has been facing trouble amid Covid-19 as most of the local and 35 percent of foreign official left the site.

The plant was scheduled to complete the required commercial operation on June, 2020, but we don’t know when it will compete.

 “About 700 Chinese engineers and workers out of 2000 and 5500 local workers have left the site as per our decision that force to slow down the project activities,” he informed to the daily sun earlier.

 The China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CNMC) has already issued a notice to the power division to consider the indefinite delay of the power plant.