The World Bank (WB) urged the authorities concerned to expedite construction of Siddhirganj 335 megawatts (MW) peaking power plant.
The WB came up with the advice after routine review of the project implementation by a joint team of the multi-donor agency and the government.
The team found 46 percent progress in the plant’s construction, which began in 2010. However, the team saw the construction for gas transmission pipeline and power evacuation system was nearing completion with 80 percent and 98 percent work completed respectively.
Once completed, the project will add 355-mw electricity to the national grid to help meet the peak-hour high demand.
With financial and technical supports from the WB, the Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCB), Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL), and Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) are implementing the combined power plant, gas transmission line and the power evacuation system respectively.
“The combined cycle design provides higher generating capacity with lower gas consumption. This is a cleaner technology contributing to less carbon emissions and higher thermal efficiency,” the WB said in a press release today.
Besides funding this project, the WB is also providing technical assistance in areas of construction supervision, operations and maintenance and enterprise resource planning and implementation.