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Bangladesh touches “century” of setting up power plants

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With the opening of the three power plants in Ashuganj today, the country touched the landmark of “century” of setting up new power plants during the present government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, BSS reports.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the three power plants — Ashuganj 225 Megawatt Combined Cycle Power Plant, United Ashuganj 200-MW Modular Power Plant and Ashuganj Midland 51-MW Power Plant — along with other 12 development projects through videoconferencing from her official Ganobhaban residence here this noon.

The people witnessed severe crisis of electricity as there were only 27 power plants in the country till 2008. But the situation changed fast after assumption of office by the government led by Sheikh Hasina in 2009 as 73 new power plants were constructed in the last six and a half years.

While inaugurating three power plants with a total capacity of 476 megawatt in Ashuganj, the Prime Minister noted that there was a severe crisis of electricity when her government took office in 2009.

“At that time, we took some steps to solve the electricity crisis in the country and we are delighted now that like cricket, Bangladesh hit a “century” of establishing power plants during the period of my government…it’s a huge achievement,” she said.

In this connection, Sheikh Hasina expressed her firm resolve to exceed the target of producing 20,000 MW electricity by 2021. “We have firm belief that we could be able to produce 24,000 MW electricity during the period,” she said.

The Prime Minister said her government initially took steps for setting up small power plants, but later undertook some mega projects for establishing power plants which need time to be completed.

“We have been striving so that the country never witnesses power shortage,” she said.

Ashuganj 225-MW Combined Cycle Power Plant is fully owned by the government and it has been constructed at a cost of Tk 2116 crore. United Ashuganj 200-MW Modular Power Plant is the country’s first public-private joint venture plant built at a cost of Tk 1326 crore.

Ashuganj Midland 51-MW Power Plant is an IPP plant of VIYELLATEX Limited and Shahjibazar Power Plant and the construction cost of this plant was Tk 300 crore.

With the inauguration of these power plants, 476-MW electricity was added to the national grid and the country moved one step forward to fulfill the present government’s commitment to ensuring power for all by 2021.

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