Deals for 25 Power Plants in 6 Months
Monday, 04 October 2010

The government has planed to sign contracts within the next six months to construct 25 new power plants to meet the country's increasing power demands.

The cabinet was made aware of the plan in its Monday meeting, prime minister's spokesperson Abul Kalam Azad said.

He told journalists in a briefing after the meeting: "The government has planned to raise power generation by another 1000-1200MW by December to speedily address the growing demand. Twenty-seven projects are already underway."

Azad went on to say that the country's demand is 5,000MW and it would increase to around 6000MW during the summer and irrigation seasons.

He added the installed generation capacity of the country's power plants is 5,499MW, but the actual production has now dropped to 3500-4000MW due to age of the plants, technical faults and gas constraints.

The power division placed its power plans up to 2015 in the cabinet meeting. It says 792MW, 920MW, 1069MW, 1500MW, 1620MW and 2600MW will be added to the national grid in phases from 2010 to 2015.

A power bill was passed in the parliament on Sunday allowing the government to undertake any step regarding generation, transmission distribution and import of power without ensuring transparency.

Source: bdnews24.com

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