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2,656 MW thermal power being imported from India: Nasrul

SANGSAD BHABAN, Feb 25, 2024 (BSS)

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid today said currently, 2,656 megawatt (MW) thermal power is being imported from India.

“Currently, 141 thermal power plants with a capacity of 23,159 MW have been installed in the country. Besides, 2,656 MW thermal power is being imported from India,” he said while responding to a supplementary question raised by Mohammad Saiful Islam during the question-answer session at the Jatiya Sangsad here.

He said that as per the government’s plan, 18 thermal power plants with a total capacity of 11, 303 MW are under construction and in various stages of tender process.

Currently, 13 thermal power plants with a total capacity of 9, 0 83 MW are under construction, he added.

Between 2024 and 2027, these power plants will be launched in different parts of the country, including Matarbari, Gazipur, Syedpur, Ghorashal, Mymensingh, Rupsha, Rampal, Patuakhali, Meghnaghat, Keraniganj and Chattogram.

Apart from this, tenders for the construction of five thermal power plants with a total capacity of 2,220 MW are under various stages, he said.

Between 2026 and 2030, these power plants will be launched in different parts of the country such as Fenchuganj, Ghazaria, Mirsharai, Meghnaghat and Raozan, he said.

Replying to another question from lawmaker Jannat Ara Henry, he said that various activities have already been undertaken by the government to gradually reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and expand solar power as an alternative energy source.

In continuation of these activities, solar power plants of various capacities have already been established with a combined capacity of 971.70 MW, said Nasrul.

Under the program, a solar power plant of 7.6 MW peak capacity has already been set up on the bank of Jamuna River in Sirajganj Sadar Upazila, he said, adding that from which, electricity is already being supplied to the national grid.

Besides, the work of setting up another solar power plant with a peak capacity of 88.75 MW is in progress, the implementation of which is scheduled for completion on June this year, he added.

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