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Bangladesh sees highest ever power generation

  • Published at 11:52 pm May 29th, 2019
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File photo of a power plant Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

Earlier on May 21, the country witnessed the second highest power generation of 12,057MW

The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) registered a whopping 12,893 megawatt (MW) production on Wednesday night, setting a new record for the country. 

According to the BPDB sources, the record-breaking generation took place against the forecasted demand of 14,796MW at 9pm, followed by  the previous highest production of 12,539MW on May 21.

Bangladesh’s power sector first crossed the 12,000MW mark on the June 24, with the third highest generation of 12,057MW.  

Prior to that, 11,534MW was the maximum power generation recorded on September 17 last year, with the previous highest generation being 11,387MW on July 18. Bangladesh’s power sector touched the 11,000MW mark on July 7 the same year. 

Earlier, Bangladesh crossed the 10,000MW mark for the first time on March 19, 2017, before which the country generated 9,000MW of power for the very first time on June 30, 2016.

As of Wednesday, Bangladesh’s installed power generation capacity, including captive power and renewable energy, is 21,419 MW. 

The BPDB has taken up an extensive capacity expansion plan to add about 11,600 MW over the next five years, aiming to generate 24,000MW of electricity by 2021, and 40,000MW by 2030, for which a mammoth investment of around $80 billion is needed.

The massive investment plan is also meant to provide uninterrupted power supply, Power Division officials said, adding that the government is committed to ensuring 100% electricity coverage by 2021. Currently, 90% of the population has access to electricity.