A total of 22 Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) 132/33 kV substations are being constructed to provide electricity to 42 EPZs
The government has decided to supply electricity to the economic zones of Bangladesh within seven days, considering the high demand for electricity in these industrial regions.
Additional Secretary Maksuda Begum of the Power Division said: “We believe we can accomplish this if all necessary documents are in place. The electricity supplying companies have also been instructed accordingly.”
Around 330 requests were made in April by industry heads, of which 134 received electricity connections within 28 days, while the rest remain pending, reports Bangla Tribune.
Export processing authority sources said the time was reduced to 7 days to prompt swift action in providing connections.
The Power Division took this initiative prioritizing the Export Processing Zones (EPZs) of the country.
A total of 22 Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) 132/33 kV substations are being constructed to provide electricity to 42 EPZs.
Moreover, the electricity capacity of 10 other grid substations is being enhanced.
Most of the economic zones operate under the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (REB).
REB said electricity will be supplied to industrial regions in three steps. Some areas will receive primary connections.
The connections will be given mainly to aid land improvement and formation.
The construction of 42 EPZs occurred in the past two years, while in fiscal year 2017-18, the industrial establishments of the EPZs took place.
The export processing authorities expect a hundred percent industrialization to occur by 2025 at these EPZs.
If that happens, demand for electricity will rise by an additional 3000MW, of which, a total of 31 national industrial parks will require 2400MW, and the private EPZs will require 527MW.
A recent seminar held at the Power Division proposed to inform BEPZA of the seminar’s outcomes on this matter.
At present, there are 21 industrial zones in the country.