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12:00 AM, June 12, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 12, 2011

PM opens rental power plant

Lays foundation of 335-MW cycle power plant at Meghnaghat

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated a 100-megawatt furnace oil-fired quick rental power plant at Meghnaghat yesterday.
She also laid the foundation of a 335-MW duel-fuel combined cycle power plant at the same place.
Hasina inaugurated the 25.17 MW captive power plant, set up by Everest Power Generation Company, a sister concern of Meghna Group.
IEL Consortium and Associate Limited of Orion group set up the 100 MW Meghnaghat power plant that went into operation on March 17.
The 335-MW Meghnaghat dual-fuel combined cycle power plant will be implemented by local power sector giant Summit Group.
The PM also went round different sections of the plants when she was briefed by the officials concerned.
Summit Group obtained contracts for three large power plants to implement those as independent power producer plants on build-own-operate basis.
Apart from its 335 MW Meghnaghat plant, Summit Group's two other IPP projects are 341 MW Bibiyana-I and 341 MW Bibiyana-II. The state-owned Power Development Board signed contracts with Summit Group to buy electricity from the three plants for next 22 years.
She said that after the present government took office in 2009, so far 31 new power plants were set up and 26 others are under construction while process of signing agreements is underway for another 34 power plants.
Hasina said so far, 1922 MW of electricity have been added to the national grid while the system loss has been brought down to 12.7 percent from 15 percent.
With the completion of the 26 power plants, 3303 MW of electricity will be added to the national grid, she said.
She also has urged the industrialists to give priority to environmental aspects while setting up any industry.
Speaking at an opinion-exchange meeting at Meghnaghat, she said the industrialists should build reservoirs to catch rainwater for future use and plant at least three saplings in the project area to keep the environment clean.
The Prime Minister stressed the use of surface water, saying that excess use of underground water increases the risk of earthquake.
PM's adviser on power and energy Dr Towfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Power Brig Gen (Retd) M Enamul Haque and Power Secretary Abul Kalam Azad were present on the occasion.

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