Every house of Bangladesh is now illuminated: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said every house of the country now came under electrification as she announced cent percent electricity coverage with inaugurating 1,320 MW Payra Thermal Power Plant, the largest of its kind.

“This is the biggest thing that we have been able to light houses of every people,” she said at a function here.

With opening the coal-fired Payra thermal power plant with eco-friendly Ultra-Supercritical Technology, Bangladesh has achieved another milestone implementing the government’s pledge to bring 100 percent people under electricity coverage by “Mujib Borsho” which is going to end on March 31.

The prime minister called the March a month of achievement of Bangalees, saying that her government has been able to open the power plant at this month while the nation is observing the “Mujib Borsho” marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of the country’s Independence.

She said through inaugurating the power plant today, the journey towards light has started.

The premier said that the power plant is the gift for the nation ahead of the holy Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr.

Sheikh Hasina thanked the Chinese president and the prime minister for their cooperation in setting up the Payra power plant.

The prime minister, in person, visited the district for the first time to open the power plant built here since Bangladesh likewise the world has been rattled with the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.

The Payra power plant was built on 1000 acres of land at a cost of 2.48 billion US dollar beside the Ramnabad River at Kalapara Upazila of the southern Patuakhali district and Bangladesh has become 13th country among the world in using the ultra supercritical technology in producing power.

The first 660 MW unit of the power plant went into commercial operation in May, 2020, utilising the 400 kv Payra-Gopalganj Power Transmission while the second one started operation in December 2021.

Apart from the 1320MW thermal power plant, construction work of another power plant is underway while the government has also a plan to build another 1320MW power plant and a solar system power plant in Payra.

The Payra Thermal Power Plant was developed by Bangladesh China Power Company Limited (BCPCL), a 50:50 joint venture between the China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) and Bangladesh’s state-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL).

Bangladesh-China Power Company (Pvt.) Limited and Consortium of NEPC & CECC signed the EPC contract on 29 March, 2016 to implement the Payra 1320 MW Thermal Power Plant Project in the fastest possible time.

Bangladesh is now ahead of India and Pakistan, among the South Asian countries that have brought 98 per cent and 74 per cent of their population under the electricity network, according to data from the World Bank.

The power generation capacity has rocketed to 25,514 MW in February 2022 from 4,942 MW in January, 2009. Of them, 1160 MW electricity is being imported and 19,626 MW is being locally produced.