She also launched the power supply through submarine cables to Sandwip upazila
As much as 1,062MW of electricity have been added to Bangladesh’s national grid as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated six power plants and nine grid substations.
The premier opened the power plants and grid substations viavideoconference from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on Wednesday morning.
Atthe same function, Sheikh Hasina also launched the power supply to Sandwip upazila in Chittagong through submarine cable, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, and 100% electrification in 12 upazilas.
The six power plants inaugurated by the prime minister are:Sirajganj 282MW Simple Cycle Power Plant, Bhola 225MW Combined Cycle Power Plant, Chandpur 200MW Power Plant, Ashuganj 150MW Power Plant, Rupsha105MW Power Plantin Khulna andJulda100MW Power Plant (3rd unit)in Chittagong.
The nine grid substations are:Ramganj, Barishal (North), Baroiyerhat, Shikalbaha, Jaldhaka, Sunamganj, Bianibazar, Rangamati and Matarbari.
The 12 upazilas which came under 100%power coverage are:Harinakundu, Thakurgaon Sadar, Baliadangi, Goalanda, Kalukhali, Bamna, Lakhai, Shaistaganj, Ajmiriganj, Bahubal, Melandah and Islampur.
According to officials of the power ministry, a total of 306 upazilas have so far been brought under 100%percent electricity coverage plan.
Of them, 100%percent electrification has been inaugurated in 263 upazilas, andwill be launched in the remaining 43 upazilas by June this year, the officials said.
The prime minister’s Energy Adviser Dr Towfik-e-Elahi Chowdhury and State Minister for Power,
Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid Bipu spoke at the function.
Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus gave an overview on the overall development in the power sector, while the prime minister’s Principal Secretary Dr Nojibur Rahman moderated the function.
Dr Kaikaus said as many as 92% people have been brought under electricity coverage, as Bangladesh achieved the capability to produce 20,854MW of electricity.
“Bangladesh has now been turned into a power surplus country from a deficit one, thanks to the inauguration of 100 new power plants over the last 10 years,” he said.
Former ministers and Awami League senior leaders Tofail Ahmed and Mosharraf Hossain, former state minister Mirza Azam, ex-deputy minister Abdullah Islam Al Jakob and parliament members of the concerned areas were present at Ganabhaban.