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Rampal plant: PM Hasina, Modi to jointly announce completion of Unit-I in September

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to leave for New Delhi on September 5

Update : 30 Aug 2022, 04:48 PM

The first unit of the Maitree Super Thermal Power Plant will go into commercial operation in early October in a major stride in growing Bangladesh-India power sector cooperation, officials said.

Unit-I of 1320 (2x660) MW coal-fired power plant was successfully synchronized with the national grid on August 15.

After completion and successful synchronization of Unit-I of the power plant, further synchronization-related activities are currently being undertaken, following which Unit-I will be handed over to the government of Bangladesh, said the officials involved in the project.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are expected to jointly announce the completion of the first unit’s construction during her visit to India first week of next month.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to leave for New Delhi on September 5 at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Once both units of the mega power plant are commissioned, the Maitree Super Thermal Power Project will be one of the largest power plants in Bangladesh, Subhash Chandra Pandey, project director of Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company (Pvt) Limited, told UNB.

Unit-II of the power plant, also known as the Rampal coal-fired power project, is expected to be commissioned next year, he said.

The 1320 (2x660) MW coal-fired power plant is being set up at a cost of approximately $2 billion and is located in Rampal, in Bagerhat district of Khulna division, said an official describing the project features in detail.

The Maitree Super Thermal Power Project is being constructed under the government of India’s concessional financing scheme.

It is being built by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) for the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company Private Ltd (BIFPCL), a 50:50 joint venture company between India's National Thermal Power Company (NTPC) Ltd and Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), said the officials.

The project director said the power plant is being set up with supercritical technology to actively mitigate environmental impact.

Some of the in-built measures to minimize air and water pollution, inter-alia, include a flue gas desulphurization system (FGD) with no bypass to control the emission of SOx, integrated effluent and waste management system to avoid contamination of Pasur River.

The power plant has the tallest chimney in Bangladesh (275m) for a wider dispersion of flue gas emissions, said Pandey.

Construction of an advance ship un-loader for coal as well as a fully covered coal stockyard, along with the use of high-grade imported coal with low Ash and Sulphur content, among other measures, are in place, he said.

On April 6, the 400kV GIS switchyard and interconnecting transformer of the power plant were energized.

Since then, it has been providing a wheeling facility of the 40kV power from the Payra power project to the 230kV grid system of Bangladesh to enable the power grid corporation of Bangladesh to transmit additional power towards the Khulna region to address peak demand, said the project director.

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