Bangladesh eyes barge generation

Bangladesh is installing three barge-mounted electricity facilities with a total capacity of 300 MW this year, according to a recent statement from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She also said the government is considering a proposal to install a 250 to 300 MW coal-fired plant in the next three-and-a-half years to further boost power supply. Private investors should be allowed to set up a 300 to 450 MW facility at Meghnaghat. Plans are under way for a 100 MW plant at Baghabari, a 300 MW plant at Garipur and a 200 MW plant in the southern district of Khulna. Bangladesh currently has a power shortfall of up to 350 MW at peak, which officials blame on the closure of two 270 MW capacity power plants. Peak demand in Bangladesh is expected to increase from its current 2,200 MW to 3,150 MW by 2000 and 4,600 MW by 2005.