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First ‘Waste-to-Energy Plant’ to be set up

Published : 15 Jun 2023 10:53 PM

For the first time in Bangladesh, the government is going to produce power from waste in capital Dhaka.

This environment friendly initiative has been taken to turn waste into resources and reduce power shortage as well. 

The construction work of the country's first ever ‘Waste-to-Energy Plant’ at Aminbazar Landfill is going to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on July 20.

At a cost of about $300 million, this ‘Waste-to-Energy Plant” is expected to produce 42.5 megawatts of electricity every day from 3,000 tonnes of mixed wastes. This project will jointly be operated by the Ministry of Energy and Power, the Dhaka North City Corporation under the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives. 

Besides, a Chinese company named ‘China Machinery Engineering Corporation’ will be involved in this incineration plant for power generation as a sponsor.

Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md Tajul Islam on Thursday made the disclosure while presiding over the foundation stone laying ceremony of "Waste to Power Plant" held in the meeting room of the Local Government Department.

The minister said, "As income rises, people's consumption increases too. As a result, everywhere from villages to cities, waste generation has increased manifold. If this increased waste cannot be disposed of, the country's overall environment will be destroyed.

"That is why, under the leadership of the local government department, necessary initiatives have been taken to dispose of the waste generated from households by producing electricity from it, which is a landmark achievement for Bangladesh."

According to the local government minister, a decision has been taken to dispose of the waste through power generation following the incineration system so that the environment remains beautiful and clean.

Stating that a power generation plant will be constructed from this waste in Dhaka's Aminbazar landfill, he said 42.5 megawatts of electricity will be produced from 3,000 tonnes of mixed waste per day.

Mentioning that China Machinery Engineering Corporation will be involved in this incineration plant for power generation as a sponsor, he said if this project is implemented within the next 24 months, Bangladesh Power Development Board will purchase the electricity produced for up to 25 years. The minister said that the total cost of this project is $300 million.

Referring to a completely new concept and experience for Bangladesh from waste to electricity, he said that there is no alternative to such a project for sustainable development.

"Through this project we will be able to dispose of our waste as well as we will be able to generate much needed energy like electricity which will meet some of our increasing electricity demand," said the minister.

At that time, the local government minister said that the target of electricity generation from this project has been set for October 2025.

The Minister also informed that 300 acres of land has been acquired near the Aminbazar Landfill for the power plant at a cost of Tk 360 crore.

At the function, Nasrul Hamid, state minister of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, said that this project will strengthen our power sector as it is implemented through full foreign investment.

Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Md Atiqul Islam thanked the local government minister for all his cooperation in the implementation of this project and said that if this project is implemented, Dhaka North City Corporation will be able to provide better services to its citizens.