SANGSAD BHABAN: Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government has favoured a strong opposition…
DHAKA: The electricity generation capacity reached to 20,430 MW this year bringing more than 91 percent people under elasticity coverage from earlier 47 percent.
“The present government’s vision is to supply uninterrupted electricity to all citizens by 2021 with a view to turning Bangladesh into a middle income country,” State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, MP, told BSS here yesterday.
He said the government has been implementing a master-plan to generate 24,000-MW electricity by 2021, 40,000-MW by 2030 and 60,000-MW by 2041, to improve the livelihood of all sections of the people, particularly the poor and vulnerable communities.
“The number of power plants now rose to 126 having generation capacity of 20,430 MW (including captive), which was only 27 with a mere 4,942 MW capacity when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took office in 2009,” Nasrul said.
According to the ministry sources, over two crore people have been brought under power coverage through 53 lakh solar home systems and presently 55 power plants having 13,654 MW electricity generation capacity are under construction.
Besides, tender is being processed for setting up more 23 power plants having 7,461 MW capacity. The government has also undertaken a plant to construct 19 power plants with 20,156 MW generation capacity, it said.
The state minister said the government is also working to increase gas production alongside importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to meet the domestic energy demand, adding, “We have added LNG to the national grid and initiative underway to bring more LNG from different countries.”
He said in the first phase, 500 mmcfd LNG was used in Chattagram region, while 500 mmcfd LNG would be supplied soon in the second phase.
He said the construction works for two FSRU (Floating Storage Re-gasification Unit) having 7.5 million tonnes LNG capacity per year is going on alongside land based LNG terminals aimed at ensuring energy security in the country.
Talking to BSS, Director General of Power Cell Engineer Mohammad Hossain said currently the number of power consumers rose to 3.18 crore and per capital electricity generation is now 464 kWh and the annual development programme allocation is Taka 25,695 crore in 2018-19.
“The ministry has been working relentlessly for building “Sonar Bangla” as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is pledge-bound to make “Digital Bangladesh” by ensuring access to power for all citizens by 2021,” he said.