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‘97pc people getting power facility’

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 06:36 PM, 2 July 2020   Updated: 07:37 PM, 2 July 2020

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid; File Photo

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid; File Photo

The population with power facility has now increased to 97 percent, said State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid.

“This has been made possible due to the acquisition of 23,436 MW of power generation capacity, including captive and renewable energy. Besides, 58 lakh solar home systems have been installed to provide electricity to the people of off-grid areas,” he said at a live webinar titled ‘Future of Bangladesh's Energy Sector’ organized by the Social Research Group of Comilla University on Wednesday night.

He mentioned that megaprojects are being implemented by identifying Payra, Maheshkhali and Matarbari areas as ‘power hubs’ considering the availability of land, energy transport facilities and load-centers. “Besides, coal-based Rampal 1,320 MW Maitri Super Thermal Project, Matarbari 1,200 MW Ultra Super Critical Coal Project and Payra 1,320 MW Thermal Power Plant project are in full swing,” he said.

Informing that 628 MW of electricity is being generated from renewable energy, the State Minister said, “Emphasis has been laid on solar power-based power generation to generate 10 percent of the total electricity from renewable energy.” 

In continuation of this, ‘Net Metering Guidelines’ have been formulated to popularize solar power generation on the roofs of buildings privately, he added.

He said plans have also been made to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent within 2030 to ensure the country’s energy security and build a sustainable energy supply system.

Noting that 1,160 MW of electricity is currently being imported from India, Nasrul Hamid said negotiations have been finalized for the import of 500 MW of power from an IPP along with an MoU for bilateral power trade with Nepal. “Besides, the signing of a trilateral agreement on import of hydropower from Bhutan is in the final stage,” he also said.

The State Minister said natural gas supplies most of the commercial fuel. There are currently 27 discovered gas fields in the country, 20 of those are currently in production.

Gas production in January 2009 was 1,744 million cubic feet per day, which has increased to about 2,750 million cubic feet. Besides, about 600 million cubic feet of imported LNG per day is being added to the national grid, he said.

Nasrul Hamid said the interest and awareness of the youth will further consolidate the power and energy sector. At the time, he also emphasized on being economical in using electricity and fuel and added that “awareness would ensure the economical use of electricity and fuel.”