Increasing power generation

Government of Bangladesh set an aim to build 60,000 MW of electricity generation capacity in order to become a developed country by 2041, local media report.

According to state minister of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, current power generation capacity of the country has reached 16,046 MW, and by 2021 it is to reach 24,000 MW allowing Bangladesh to become a middle income country.

The statement was made at the ‘Rising Bangladesh’ conference at Loeb House of Harvard University in Boston (USA).

Nasrul Hamid also told that Bangladeshi Power System Master Plan-2018 sets the following generation mix: 35% – natural gas, 35% – coal, renewable energy import – 10%, nuclear and other sources – 20%.

“The government encouraged private investment in the power and energy sector and meanwhile 50 % of electricity is generated from private sector. Initiative has been taken to handover a proportion of distribution and transmission line of power under private sector”, – minister said.