Earlier, the 400kV Payra–Gopalganj power transmission line was commissioned in December
The much-talked-about 1,360MW Payra Thermal Power Plant, the biggest of its kind in Bangladesh, has officially started supplying to the national grid as it has started operation.
The development came on Sunday when the first unit of the coal-fired power plant, with 660MW electricity generation capacity, added 120MW to the national electricity network soon after its commission on a trial run basis, informed officials concerned.
“We have successfully commissioned the first unit of the power plant as per our schedule around 12pm, Sunday, utilizing the recently-launched 400kV Payra–Gopalganj power transmission line,” said a top official of North West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL).
Rezwan Iqbal Khan, executive engineer of the plant, said they faced no complications while supplying the 120MW electricity to the national grid.
“We are hopeful that the first unit of the power plant, located at Dhankhali of Kolapara upazila in Patuakhali, will go commercial from next month,” he said.
The second unit of the plant, having the same 660MW capacity, is expected to come into operation in May this year.
Officials said this has been the very first power plant to be fuelled by imported coal, and the first consignment of coal reached the country in September 20 last year by a large ship from Indonesia.
The Bangladesh-China Power Company Limited (BCPCL), a special joint venture company of Bangladesh’s state-owned NWPGCL and China’s state-owned China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation (CMC), has been constructing the power plant involving about $2 billion as part of understanding between Dhaka and Beijing.
On March 19, 2015, a deal was signed between NWPGCL and CMC to set up Payra Power Plant.
Bangladesh currently has 137 power plants with power generation capacity of 22,787MW.