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Bangladesh records highest ever power generation

  • Published at 11:20 pm July 12th, 2018
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Sources at Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) have said the power generation touched the landmark around 9pm on Wednesday

Bangladesh has witnessed its highest ever power generation of 11,210 mega watts (MW).

Sources at Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) have said the power generation touched the landmark around 9pm on Wednesday.

Saiful Hasan Chowdhury, director of public relations wing of PDB on Thursday said: “The demand for electricity was also 11,210MW at 9pm on Wednesday.”

The development came on the same day when Bangladesh observed the signing of two agreements involving $7.4 billion to generate 6,000 MW of electricity.

Before this, the highest power generation was 11,059MW on July 7.

Bangladesh also saw its maiden 10,000MW generation on March 19, followed by third highest power generation of 10,958MW on May 28.

The power productions were 10,825MW on May 27, 10,699MW on May 26, 10,147MW on May 22 and 10,137MW on April 24.

On June 30, 2016, for the very first time, power generation crossed the 9,000MW mark.

The highest production of power in 2017 was 9,011MW, while the figure stood at 7,485MW in 2016, 5,791MW in 2015, 5,754MW in 2014 and 4,711MW in 2013.

As of June 30, the installed generation capacity including captive power was 18,753 MW. PDB has taken a massive capacity expansion plan to add about 11600 MW generation capacities in next five years.

The government targets to raise the power generation capacity to 24,000MW and 40,000MW by 2021 and 2030. They are also eyeing to bring the entire country under electricity coverage by 2021. Currently 90% of the population have access to electricity.

However, a top government official recently said PDB is likely to do the job by coming December.

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid Bipu on Tuesday said: “The government has plans to raise the power generation capacity to 20,000MW by September, aiming to provide uninterrupted electricity, all over the country.