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Domestic power generation hits new high

  • Published at 12:35 am July 22nd, 2018
The government has a target to raise the power generation capacity to 24,000MW and 40,000MW in 2021 and 2030 Syed Zakir Hossain Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The government wishes to ensure that the entire country has electricity coverage by 2021

Bangladesh witnessed record levels of power generation on Wednesday, at 11,387MW, according to the Power Development Board (PDB).

The previous highest level of electricity generation was 11,306MW, on July 14.

Meanwhile, the country’s third highest level of power generation was recorded at 11,210MW on July 11, just four days after first crossing the 11,000MW mark.

Earlier, Bangladesh crossed the 10,000MW mark for the first time on March 19, and the fifth highest power generation level of 10,958MW was achieved on May 28.

The country produced 10,137MW of power on April 24, 10,147MW on May 22, 10,699MW on May 26, and 10,825 on May 27.

On June 30, 2016, Bangladesh generated 9,000MW of power for the first time.

As of June 30 this year, Bangladesh’s installed power generation capacity, including captive power, stood at 18,753 MW. The PDB has taken up an extensive capacity expansion plan to add about 11,600 MW in the next five years, to meet the government target of generating 24,000MW of electricity by 2021, and 40,000MW by 2030.

The government also wishes to ensure that the entire country has electricity coverage by 2021. Currently, 90% of the population has access to electricity.

A top government official recently said the PDB is likely to ensure 100% electricity coverage as early as December this year.

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid Bipu said they plan to raise the power generation capacity to 20,000MW by September, aiming to provide uninterrupted electricity throughout the country.