Posted by: Duncan Chowdhury | July 5, 2009

State of Wind Power Generation in Bangladesh

Wind power could be one of the potential alternative sources of energy during these days of energy crisis in Bangladesh. Bangladesh has acute shortage of electricity with an average of 1,500 megawatt per day due to limited capacity of electricity generation. More than 80 percent of power generated in Bangladesh is produced by natural gas, which too is now becoming scarce. Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing economy based on industrial production, hence the matter of electricity generation is very vital for the country.

The government is exploring various means of alternative energy resources, to combat the power crisis. Wind, solar, coal and lately nuclear power has been on the discussion table. With the beginning of this millennium, wind power was explored and two wind power stations had been installed, one in the remote island of Kutubdia and the other in Feni.

About a month ago, Prime Minister’s energy advisor said that they were exploring to add at least 50 megawatt of electricity to the national grid from wind mills. The Power Cell had been instruction to work on this matter as well as the Meteorological Department had been advised to identify suitable locations for the windmills, depending upon the availability of high wind velocity.

On the other hand, a news drew my attention today, after the commissioning of the Kutubdia 1 megawatt wind power project in 2006, the windmill was in operation  only  for  two and half months and it had been out of commission since then as the booster of the engine went inoperative. The spare parts are yet to be imported from China.

A power plant that has been inoperative for so many years only after running for two and half months is really a depressing story. It is evident that no effective measures had been taken to repair it and bring it to operation between these years. On the other hand it has also been reported that the existence of the wind power plant is at stake now, as the Bay of Bengal is swallowing its adjacent embankment, which too needs to be reconstructed soon. The Power Development Board has been persuading the Water Development Board to construct the embankment with no visible results. This reflects the lack of sincerity on the part of the Government to overcome the power crisis of the country. No matter what is the size of the power plant, this should be dealt promptly to convey the message of the seriousness of the Government to overcome the power crisis in the country.

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