On Monday, the second unit of the Payra 1320 megawatts (MW) Thermal Power Plant began power output after a one-and-a-half-year hiatus, with both units producing 1,030 megawatts on the day, a new high for a single power plant in the country.
The plant’s first unit began commercial operation on May 15, 2020, while the second unit began commercial production on December 8, 2020, before electricity generation was suspended owing to a lack of power transmission infrastructure.
The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) had to pay a monthly penalty of Tk120 crore as a capacity charge for keeping the plant idle during this time.
According to Engr AM Khurshedul Alam, managing director (in-charge) of Bangladesh China Power Company (Pvt) Limited (BCPCL), the idle unit commenced functioning on Monday after a transmission line from Gopalganj–Khulna–Jashore was newly erected.
Due to an unfinished transmission line, electricity transmission from this plant has yet to reach Dhaka. The Power Division started the construction of 400kV double circuit transmission lines from Patuakhali (Payra) to Gopalganj and Aminbazar (Dhaka) in December 2020 to carry electricity from the Payra power plant. However, due to difficulties in line construction in the Padma River, the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) was unable to complete the line by the deadline.
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