Power from Payra Plant hits snag
Published : Friday, 11 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 1960
The government plan to add 660 MW of power to the national grid from Payra Power Plant is in limbo as the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) has failed to complete the 400KV Payara-Gopalganj transmission line as per schedule.
Recently the authorities have planned to shut seven small and medium power plants to start generating electricity from the newly-constructed unit-1 of the Payra Power Plant.
This decision has been taken at a recent meeting chaired by Prime Minister's Power and Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury at Prime Minister's office.
The PGCB was assigned to construct the transmission line projects including the 400KV Payra-Gopalganj transmission line, 400KV Gopalganj sub-station and 230KV Patuakhali-Payra transmission line.
"The meeting also directed the authorities concerned to realise compensation from the contractor of the project GS Engineering Construction if it failed to complete the 400KV Payra -Gopalganj transmission line by September 30 this year...we see that the company is yet to complete its job," a power division official said.
Payra 1320 MW power plant is one of the Prime Minister's fast-track projects which is supposed to be done within the timeframe but unfortunately it had failed its commissioning dates twice.
"The PGCB is yet to complete the transmission line by this time. It will take another 4 to 6 months to complete the job," a senior official of PGCB told the Daily Observer on Thursday.
According to the official to run the operation of Payra Power Plant the seven power plants including the 225MW Combined Cycle Power Plant, 95MW Aggreko Power Plant, 33MW Venture PP and 30MW GT Power Plant in Bhola and the 110MW Summit Power Plant in Barisal, a 109MW plant in Gopalganj and the 100MW Madhumati Power Plant in Bagerhat needed to be shutdown, Power Division sources said.
Poor capacity of the existing transmission lines as well as delay in the implementation of the new transmission projects are the main reasons behind the potential shutdown of the seven existing power plants, officials added.
The PGCB signed an agreement with South Korean company Hyosung Corporation on a turnkey basis in next two years at a cost of Tk164 crore jointly financed by Bangladesh's government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Electricity from Payra Power Plant in Patuakhali will come to Aminbazar Substation in Dhaka through Gopalganj. PGCB officials said the Aminbazar Substation upgrade scheme is being implemented under the 400KV Aminbazar-Mawa-Mongla transmission line project.
Payra is being constructed by a joint venture of state-owned North-West Power Generation Company and China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) for $2 billion.
The plant's first unit will start generating power in December 2019 and the second unit in June 2020.