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‘Government puts emphasis on coal for electricity production’

Update : 22 Dec 2013, 06:28 PM

The government is emphasising coal out of its seven options to generate electricity, aiming to reduce costs and alleviate the fuel shortage.  

Adequate electricity supply is a major challenge for the country and it’s also important to provide electricity to consumers at reasonable price, said Power Division Secretary Monowar Islam while addressing a workshop at Bidyut Bhaban in the city yesterday.

The seven options to which the secretary referred are gas, liquid fuel, coal, regional power trades, liquefied natural gas, nuclear power and renewable energy.

Currently the Power Development Board buys electricity per unit from a gas run plant at less than Tk2 while the cost of electricity per unit produced from a diesel or oil run plants is Tk14 to Tk 18. The electricity produced from coal-fired plants will cost Tk6.

“The government aims to reach electricity generation capacity of about 40,000MW by 2030, of which 24,000MW will be achieved by 2021, under its Power System Master Plan.” he added.

“To ensure sustainable energy the country needs technical, financial and environmental sustainability.

“We have achieved a lot in the acquisition of technical sustainability and financial sustainability, and we are also putting emphasis on environmental sustainability,” he told the workshop entitled “Sustainable Energy Security: options for Bangladesh” organised by the Power Development Board and Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company limited.

Md Anwar Hossain, joint secretary of the Power Division, in his keynote paper, said they had planned to generate electricity through clean coal technology. Clean coal technology was introduced in the USA during the 1980s. The main benefits of clean coal technology are reduction in emissions, fuel flexibility, increases in generating efficiency and a reduction of generating cost.

“The coal power plant will cause no harm to the Sundarbans.” Managing Director of Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company limited VS Tamrakar said, adding that steps would also be taken to improve the ecosystem and bring sound pollution under control.  The projected cost of the power plant has been estimated at Tk 1,4510 crore.

The 1,320-megawatt Maitree super thermal power plant will be set up in Rampal of Bagerhat under a joint venture of the Bangladesh Power Development Board and Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company limited.

Among others, the following addressed the programme: PDB Chairman Md Abduhu Ruhullah, Rural Electrification Board Chairman Brigadier General Moin Uddin, Power cell Director General Mohammad Hossain, North-West Power Generation Company limited Managing Director AM Khurshedul Alam and Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Managing Director Chowdhury Alamgir Hossain.

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