Electricity coverage stands 97pc

Special Correspondent

3 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Electricity coverage stands 97pc

Country’s electricity coverage stands to 97 percent now thanks to add a large power plant and introduce an amount of non-grid electricity, said state minister for power and energy Nasrul Hamid.       

Although the electricity coverage was 93.5 percent in 2019 as per BBS report which was 90.1 percent a year earlier.

The minister was addressing at a webiner on ‘Future Energy Sector Bangladesh’ organized by Social Research Group of Cumilla University on Wednesday night. Assistant professor of Cumilla University Krishna Kumar Saha conducted the webinar.

“The electricity coverage improved to 97 percent as the power generation capacity rose to 23,436 megawatts (including captive and renewable energy) now,” Nasrul said.

He said the government has installed 5.8 million solar panels to ensure electricity coverage to non-grid populace.

The government is implementing three mega ‘Power hub’ at Moheskhali, Matarbari and Pyara considering the availability of land, fuel transportation and load centre of electricity, he informed.   

The construction work of 1320MW Rampal, 1200MW Matarbari and Payra Power plant are implementing in pace despite COVID-19, according to him.

He said the government has targeted to generate 10 percent of electricity from renewable energy.

Nasrul said the 628 MW of electricity generated from renewable energy sources.

Nasrul said the development in power sector is being carried out in line with the master plan prepared with the help of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2010 and revised in 2016.

He said Bangladesh is now importing 1,160 MW of electricity from India while negotiations have been completed to import 500 MW electricity from Nepal.

Nasrul Hamid said the government is trying to use unconventional technology to explore natural gas in the country.

He said the country’s gas production is now 2750 million cubic feed per day (mmcfd) while 600 mmcfd gas is being imported as LNG.