Power cables to go underground in 4 yrs: Nasrul

Staff Correspondent

24 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Power cables in Dhaka city will go underground within the next four years, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid informed on Monday.

Transparency and accountability will be further strengthened by integrating modern technology, including smart grids, smart meters, for power and energy management, he added.

He said this while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of installation of 5 KW Vertical Wind Turbine ‘ONUVA’ at Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) in the capital, said a press release.

Nasrul Hamid said that the government is giving various incentives for the expansion of renewable energy.

Wind mapping has been complete for nine places of the country from 2014 to 2017 for wind power generation, he added.

20,000 MW of electricity can be obtained from wind depending on wind speed from 5.75 meter per second to 6.25 meter per second, the state minister also mentioned.

Dhaka North City Corporation has undertaken a 45 MW power waste to energy project, he said, adding that approvals have been given for generating 1570.77 MW of solar power.

Currently, 650.32 MW of electricity is generated from renewable energy, including 416.39 MW from solar, 2.9 MW from wind and 230 MW from hydropower, he informed.

He expressed his hope that by 2050, Bangladesh will show remarkable success in renewable energy.

In Narayanganj, the proposal for purchasing power from the 8 MW power generation project is being sent to the Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement.

The Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (EPRC) provides project-based funding for research.

The assistance of ERPC may be sought for installation of 5 KW Vertical Wind Turbine at BUP Campus and implementation of such innovative projects. Vice Chancellor of Bangladesh University of Professional (BUP) Major General Ataul Hakim Sarwar Hasan, among others, also spoke on the occasion.