Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally inaugurate the newly built 412 MW Haripur combined cycle power plant on August 24 (Saturday).
State-owned Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCB) has implemented the base-load power plant in Haripur of Narayanganj district with the Japanese financial cooperation.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has provided US$ 491 million equivalent Japanese yen for a number of components in the Haripur power plant project, including extension of a 132kV substation for power evacuation, construction of 1.6 km gas pipeline, and relocation and demolition of old substations.
The Power Ministry has convened a press conference on Thursday (Aug 22) to brief about the inauguration of the project.
EGCB managing director Mostafa Kamal informed that the power plant is fully ready for full-scale operation. But until a connecting gas pipeline is completed, the power plant may not go into full capacity production.
“Initially, we could supply about 200 MW. When the pipeline is built and gas supply is available in February next, the plant will be able to produce 412 MW,” he said.
Mostafa Kamal mentioned that the plant requires 64mmcfd of gas daily. A temporary gas metering station (RMS) was installed to supply gas from a 100 MW old power plant on the same premises.
State-owned Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL) is now implementing a 60-kilometre Bakhrabad-Siddhirganj pipeline to supply gas to the 412MW Haripur power plant.
Officials said this power plant would be the largest base-load power plant under the present Awami League government in public sector whose power production cost is Tk 1.7154 per unit with 53 percent efficiency level.
Marubeni Corporation of Japan has worked as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor of the project.
As per contract with the EPC contractor in February 2011, the power plant was scheduled to start trial operation last July.