Dhaka’s waste can produce 60MW electricity, minister tells JS

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:51, Jul 12,2017


The state minister for power, energy and mineral resources, Nasrul Hamid, on Wednesday told parliament that 60 megawatt waste-fueled electricity can be produced by modern technology waste management of Dhaka.

Around 6000-7000 tonnes of waste are generated from Dhaka north and south city corporations and about half of them reaches to dumping stations. Modern waste management can help to produce waste fueled 60 MW electricity from the garbage, Nasrul Hamid said. 

The Bangladesh Power Development Board has taken a pilot project for establishing one megawatt waste fueled power plant at Keraniganj, the state minister said while replying a query from Awami League MP Bazlul Haque Haroon.

Nasrul Hamid, while responding to AL MP AKM Zahangir Hossain, said that reserve of the gas fields was 27.12 trillion cubic feet. Of the reserve, 12.74 trillion cubic feet had been used until this January.

Government has taken various steps like pre-paid meter, electronic volume corrector, to stop misuse of gas and encouraging increasing use of LPG gas container.

Nasrul Hamid also said that it was not possible for meter readers to physically reach 2.86 crore electricity user of the country to stop excess bills.

He said that government has already established 10 lakh pre-paid meter for electricity consumers and another 50 lakh would be set by next June.

‘We have plan to provide pre-paid meter to all 2.86 crore electricity consumers,’ he added.

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