60MW wind power project in Cox’s Bazar to come in June

    Originally posted in The Business Standard on 23 January 2023

    As part of the government’s sincere efforts to expand clean energy arena in the country, a 60-megawatt (MW) wind power project is scheduled to come into production in June, official sources said.

    The sources said that a private firm US-DK Green Energy (BD) Limited is setting up the country’s first and largest wind energy project at Khurushkul in Cox’s Bazar.

    While visiting this correspondent last week at the project site, Manager (Project and Planning) Mukit Alam Khan said that as per an agreement, the state-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) will buy the electricity from here.

    “A total of 22 turbines will be installed to generate 60 MW power from wind, of which each turbine will generate 3-MW electricity. Till today 10 turbines have already been installed,” he said.

    Mukit Alam said that two turbines will be installed as standby for back up.

    “We have submitted a proposal to the ministry of power, energy and mineral resources for enhancing generation capacity up to 120 MW, which will also require more 20 turbines,” he added.

    State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told BSS that the project is showing a new path to producing environment friendly renewable energy through clean sources, as the Awami League government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is committed to increase clean energy stake in phases.

    “Renewable energy will play an important role in future power generation. The contribution of renewable energy in the energy mix of the country has been growing,” he said.

    Nasrul Hamid, however, said more wind power plants will be set up in different locations of the country.

    “Bangladesh is now enjoying 100% electrification due to the visionary and prudent leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. We successfully reached power to all people from inaccessible hills to isolated char areas,” he said.

    Earlier on 31 March, 2022, Nasrul Hamid had laid the foundation stone of the project. However, the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Implementation Agreement (IA) were done on 15 May, 2014.

    Deputy Managing Director of Cox’s Bazar 60 MW Wind Power Plant Project Hei Zhao (Brett) said that the US-DK Green Energy (BD) Limited has been investing $116.51 million to develop the plant.

    He said the modern power plant will generate 60MW of electricity, which will have scope to enhance generation capacity up to 200 MW.

    As part of the government’s integrated master plan for the power and energy sector, the Integrated Energy and Power Master Plan (IEPMP) are almost at its final stage.

    The present renewable energy installed capacity now rose to 950.72 MW.

    The government started the Solar Home System (SHS) programmes to fulfill basic electricity requirement of the off-grid rural people of the country.

    Up to January 2023, about 6.1 million SHSs have been installed under the programme in the remote areas where electrification through gird expansion is challenging and costly.

    Thus the programmes have ensured supply of solar electricity to over 20 million people i.e. 12% of the country’s total population who previously used kerosene lamps for lighting purpose.