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Payra power plant’s 2nd unit expected to open in Oct

Payra power plant’s 2nd unit expected to open in Oct

News Desk
The second unit of the country’s largest
coal-fired power plant at Payra in
southern Bangladesh is expected to go into
commercial operation in the first week of
October as its trial run already started,
an official said.
“We are expecting that Honourable Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the
660MW second unit of Payra power plant in
the first week of October,” Managing
Director of North-West Power Generation
Company Ltd (NWPGCL) A M Khurshedul Alam
told BSS Tuesday.
He said the first 660 MW unit of the power
plant started commercial operation in May
last.
According to the project details,
Bangladesh-China Power Company Limited
(BCPCL), the owner of the Payra coal-fired
power plant, inked a contract with a
Chinese consortium for engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC) of the
1,320MW coal-fired power plant near the
Payra seaport in Patuakhali district on
March 29, 2016.
It said China National Machinery Import
and Export Corporation (CMC) is
implementing the power plant project,
which is a joint venture initiative of
NWPGCL and BCPCL. The BCPCL is now
importing coal from Indonesia.
The consortium of the China Energy
Engineering Group, the Northeast Electric
Power Construction Co Ltd, and the China
National Energy Engineering & Construction
Co Ltd is implementing the power plant
project as the EPC contractor, the details
said.
Khurshedul Alam said currently the NWPGCL
is supplying 25,00 MW to the national
grid, which would be 3100 after commercial
operation of the second unit of the Payra
power plant.
Apart from this, two separate power plants
with some 2,300 MW capacity are under
construction including Khulna Power Plant
with 800 MW and Payar power plant with
1300 MW, he said.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has given
loan for 800 MW power plant in Khulna,
being implemented by China as EPC
contractor while Chinese Export Import
Bank is financing for construction of 1300
MW Payra power plant project, he added.
Khulna Power Plant is expected to open in
2023 as the construction of the Payra
power plant is hoped to complete in the
same year, he continued.

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