The third unit of Barapukuria coal-fired power plant is set to add 275MW electricity to the national grid from next week.
“The third unit of our plant will be ready to add 275MW more power to the national grid from next week. The coal for the new unit of the plant will be supplied by the state-run Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL),” Chowdhury Nuruzzaman, project director of the power plant, told the Dhaka Tribune on Sunday.
He also said: “The plant has been constructed by a joint venture of Harbin Electric International Company Ltd and CCC Engineering China by using sub-critical technology”
He further added that the third unit will help meet the demand for electricity in the north-western part of the country and ease the low voltage problem to a certain degree.
Power generation cost from the new unit will be around Tk6 per unit.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council had approved the 275MW power plant project in January 2014.
With the third unit in operation, the power generation capacity of the country’s lone operational coal-fired power plant will reach 525MW.
Each of the existing two units has a generation capacity of 125MW.
BCMCL Managing Director engineer Habib Uddin Ahmed said: “We have a reserve of 300,000 tons of coal with an everyday production of 3,500 tons. The reserve is quite sufficient to run all the three units of the plant for at least a year.”