Naraynganj City Corporation will produce electricity from waste, first of its kind in the history of country’s power generation.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Narayanganj City Corporation and the Power Development Board on Wednesday at Bidyut Bhaban in the capital on Wednesday.
State Minister for Power, energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid and Mayor of Narayanganj City Corporation Salina haiat Ivy were present at the signing ceremony.
The waste-based power plant, which will be built on around 10 to 12 acres of land, will produce electricity on Build-Own and Operate (BOO)basis.
“City corporations of Narayanganj, Gazipur and Savar, Kaliakoir municipalities will be incorporated in Dhaka South and North City Corporations,” Nasrul Hamid said.
“Dhaka is a modern city now. Waste does not suit it,” he added.
“Several power plants will be constructed under the Power Development Board in different part of the country. Construction work of Keraniganj power plant is going on,” the state minister said.
Narayanganj Mayor Ivy Rahman said the incumbent government has taken up various initiatives to generate electricity from renewable sources. She said Narayanganj City Corporation, is ready to complete all necessary works to produce power from waste in the next one year.
“Such initiative is very important for keeping the city clean. We will get electricity from waste even if the price will be a bit high,” she said.
In 2017, The Power Division held a meeting with mayors of Dhaka and Chittagong city corporations. Only Narayanganj City Corporation agreed to provide waste for producing electricity.
However, the government is set to form a company to generate electricity from waste. Styled Waste Power Generation Company (WPGC), the venture will be a joint effort of Power Development Board (PDB), Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) and Dhaka Electricity Supply Company (DESCO).
“Our aim is to generate green energy,” Nasrul Hamid said.
The AL-led government in November 2011 initiated the setting up of two solid waste-fuelled power plants in the capital in a bid to ease electricity shortages. The government will pay nearly $900 million in 20 years for the plants, the minister said, adding that it will purchase power at 8.75 taka ($0.11) a kilowatt.
As per the project concept, the plant will be based on Dry Fermentation (Anaerobic Digestion) technology.
Mostly organic waste will be collected from residential and commercial areas and also agro-industrial, and medical waste from different areas to supply to the Keraniganj plant.