Sunday, 5 December, 2021

Govt okays 2 green fuel power projects

The government is likely to implement two separate solar-based power plants having combined capacity to generate 128MW of electricity.

This isas per the prime minister’s commitment of transitioning the sector to green fuel ahead of COP26.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved a summary report this month to implement the solar-based power projectsunder Special Power Act.

This is based on “no electricity no power.”

Bangladesh-China joint venture power company Bangladesh-China Renewable Power Company (Pvt.) Ltd will implement the two separate power projects for 20 years.

The power plants are: 68MW solar-based power plant at Sirajganj and 60MW solar-based power plant at Pabna. 

According to official sources, the Power Division already set power tariff at Tk 8.48 per kilowatt hour for Pabna 60MW solar-based power plant at Sujanagar upazila in north Bengal.

Besides, the tariff of the 68MW Sirajganj power plant is set at Tk 8.16KwH under no electricity no payment basis, officials confirmed.

The government has a target to generate 40,000MW of electricity by 2030 considering power growth 10-14 percent annually. Of them, it targets to generate 19 percent electricity from renewable energy.

Earlier, the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources allowed the joint venture state-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd and China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC, China) for setting up 500MW of renewable energy projects through non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) in August, 2019.

The 68MW Sirajganj power plant will require to install eight kilometers of 132KV double circuit line and two separate 132KV GIS bay lines under own funding for power evacuation, officials said. Besides, Pabna 60MW solar-based power plant will also require 48 kilometers of 132KV double circuit line and two separate 132KV GIS bay lines under own funding for power evacuation, they added.

State-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd chief executive officer Engr. AM Khurshedul Alam said the JV company has already opened bid documents for Sirajganj power plant on Sunday.

“We are expected to implement the project by next dry season or 15 months after issuing the work order,” he said. Besides, it also floated bid documents for Pabna power plant yesterday, according to him. 

Last June, the government has announced to scrap 10 proposed power projects having a combined generation capacity of 8,451MW of electricity.

The ministry of power, energy and mineral resources (MPEMR) decided to cancel these coal-fired power projects as part of the adaptation of new technologies in power generation as it seeks to revise the country’s power system master plan (PSMP). State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid then said there will be a special thrust on renewable energy promotion in the future planning of electricity as part of the country’s commitment to the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is currently chair of the organisation.