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

  • Published at 01:20 pm September 15th, 2020
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Construction of Payra power plant is expected to be completed in 2023

The second unit of the country’s largest coal-fired power plant at Payra in southern Bangladesh is expected to go for commercial operation in the first week of October as its trial run already started, according to an official.

“We are expecting that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the 660MW second unit of Payra power plant in the first week of October,” North-West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL) Managing Director AM Khurshedul Alam told BSS on Tuesday.

He said the first 660MW unit of the power plant started commercial operation in May last.

According to the project details, Bangladesh-China Power Company Ltd (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. 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 and Construction Co Ltd is implementing the power plant project as the EPC contractor, the details said.

Khurshedul Alam said currently the NWPGCL is supplying 2,500MW to the national grid, which would be 3,100 after commercial operation of the second unit of the Payra power plant.

Apart from this, two separate power plants with some 2,300MW capacity are under construction including Khulna Power Plant with 800MW, and Payra power plant with 1,300MW, he said.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has given loan for 800MW 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 be completed in the same year, he continued.