Bangladesh has installed 13,596MW power plants since independence, with the Awami League accounting for more than 61 percent of electricity generation capacity in the last eight years, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.
During Wednesday’s parliament session, Hasina provided the figures, responding to a query by ruling MP Mamunur Rashid Kiron from Noakhali.
She said the existing power generation capacity, including the captive power plants, stands at 15,351MW.
Some old plants have been de-commissioned, but they are still able to supply 13,179MW to the national grid, the prime minister said in parliament.
Hasina said on Wednesday that 34 more power plants with 11,363MW generation capacity were under construction — 16 plants with 6,707MW by the government and 18 with 4,656MW by private companies.
She said the government expects them to go into production in phases from 2017 to 2021.
The process of inviting tenders for another 34 plants of 4,917MW capacity, both in public and private sectors, was underway, said Hasina.
The prime minister revealed plans for 11 more plants of 6,415MW and said efforts were on to import 500MW from India in July next year.
By 2023, the Rooppur nuclear power plant will be able to supply 1,200MW to the national grid and a further 1,200MW by 2024, according to Hasina.