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Staff Correspondent
As the government is pledge-bound to achieve excellence in power generation, works on 35 under-construction plants are going on in rapid pace.
Therefore, it is expected that construction of all power plants will be completed within the stipulated time.
Among all the power plants, the 1,320MW coal-based Payra power plant in Patuakhali is going to be the first one to go into operation, according to officials.
More than 60 percent work on construction of the power plant has so far been completed.
The main equipment, including turbine, transformer and generator, have already been installed. Now the chimney construction and the process for coal import are going on in full swing, according to sources concerned.
After completion of the remaining work, the first unit, having a 660-MW generation capacity, will go into operation by August, the sources added.
Thus, the country is going to start coal-based power generation in a bigger scale for the first time.
Project director Shah Abdul Moula told Bangladesh Post, “Our target is to finish the first unit of the power plant with capacity of 660MW within August this year. The second unit (660MW) will start generation by December. Our work is going on with that goal. I hope the work of this plant will be completed within the scheduled time.”

Bangladesh-China Power Company Ltd (BCPCL), a joint venture of Chinese Power Company CMC and Bangladesh’s North-West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL), has been implementing the project at a cost of about $2 billion with the financial support from China’s Exim Bank.

Director General of Power Cell Engineer Mohammad Hossain said the plant would be an eco-friendly one with clean coal technology and is expected to help achieve excellence in the country’s power and energy sector. Steps have already been taken to prevent possible damage to the environment at Payra.

“The government took all measures to protect the environment as well as the habitat and biodiversity of that region. The coal would be transported to the power plant site from the deep sea in covered barges,” he added.

Sources said BCCPL will set up another 1,320 megawatt power plant there. Besides, NWPGCL will build another 3,600MW power plant with Siemens of Germany. There is a plan to build 100MW solar and 50 MW wind power plant.

State-owned Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd has taken an initiative to build 1320MW power plant in Payra. Besides, the Rural Power Company Limited (RPCL) will build another 1,320 megawatt power plant there.

The government has undertaken a number of coal-and LNG-based power plants across the country to generate 24,000MW electricity by 2021, 40,000MW by 2030 and 60,000MW by 2041.

Currently, the government is working on three major power generation hubs at Payra in Patuakhali, Maheshkhali and Matarbari in Cox’s Bazar. The government has undertaken 13 mega coal-based power projects in cooperation with China, Japan, India, Malaysia, South Korea and Singapore.

The construction of 1,200MW coal-fired power plant at Matarbari is expected to go into operation by 2023. On the other hand, work is going on to set up a 1320 MW power plant at Rampal in Bagerhat.