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Rampal power plant: Production halted due to mechanical glitch for 8th time

  • Technical issue in the boiler
  • Efforts are underway to resume production
Update : 12 Dec 2023, 12:21 AM

Production at Bagerhat's Rampal thermal power plant has been stopped again due to mechanical failure.

The plant stopped production around 10:30am on Monday.

An official informed the media that the plant's production was halted due to some technical issues in the boiler. Impulse tube breaking caused this shutdown.

The official said efforts are underway to resume production as soon as possible.

The official anticipates that electricity generation will restart on Monday night.

The power plant shut down several times in its first year of operation, three of which were due to the coal crisis.

BIFPCL Managing Director Sayeed Akram Ullah and Deputy General Manager Anwarul Azim have not said anything about the issue of the power plant closure yet.

The coal-based plant, known as Rampal Thermal Power Plant, is named Maitree Super Thermal Power Project in its documents.

In 2010, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and India's NTPC to implement the Rampal Power Plant Project.

According to the MoU, Rampal was supposed to begin production in 2018.

However, the deadline was extended several times for various reasons, including the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 1,320MW coal-fired power plant was set up at approximately $2 billion in Rampal, Bagerhat, and Khulna divisions.

The Maitree Super Thermal Power Project was constructed under the Indian government's concessional financing scheme.

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