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Govt confident of generating 12,000MW power to meet summer demand: Nasrul

FE Report | March 22, 2018 00:00:00

State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MPEMR) Nasrul Hamid said Wednesday the government would have no problem in supplying electricity in the coming summer.

The country has already generated the highest 10,084 megawatt (MW) of electricity on March 19, he said.

Mr Hamid was speaking at a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) at Biddyut Bhaban in the city to utilise some 500 tonnes of solid waste for generating electricity.

Speaking on the occasion, he said around 900 MW of electricity could be generated from solid wastes being generated from the capital daily.

He said some 9,000 tonnes of solid wastes are being generated in Dhaka daily and to generate 1.0 MW of electricity some 80-100 tonnes of waste are required.

The Power Division under the MPEMR has a plan to implement a series of waste-based power projects in every city corporation considering the success of the Narayanganj project, Mr Hamid said.

The government is hopeful of implementing several waste-based power plant projects at Karaniganj, Kushtia and Narayanganj during its tenure, he added.

Power secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus said the government is confident of generating maximum electricity to meet 12,000MW demand in the upcoming summer.

NCC mayor Selina Hayat Ivy requested the government to ensure setting up of dumping stations in every city corporation so that they can produce electricity from it in the coming days.

Industrial units get land quickly but city corporations have to wait long (to get the land) for making cities clean and healthy, she lamented.

BPDB secretary Mina Masud Uzzaman and NCC chief executive officer AFM Ehtashamul Haque signed the MoU deal on behalf of their organisations.

BPDB chairman Khaled Mahmood and top officials of the MPEMR, BPDB and NCC attended the function.

The BPDB has planned to implement the waste-based power plant project at Jhalkuri in Narayanganj.

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