The government will develop a 100-mw peaking power plant in Thakurgaon to ensure uninterrupted power supply to irrigation pumps in the country's Barind project area, reports UNB.
The peaking plant will be operated only for the irrigation purpose at the Barind project, which has nearly 1200 irrigation pumps.
The decision was taken Saturday at a review meeting on power supply situation in the country's northern districts.
State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmud chaired the meeting at the conference room of Boropukuria Coal-fired Power Plant where he was on a visit.
As per the decision, the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) will select a site for the plant on the premises of its present power plant in Thakurgaon.
Divisional commissioner (DC) and officials of the local administration and different entities of the power sector, including BPDB, Rural Electrification Board (REB), Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) and the Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) were present at the meeting, according to a Power Ministry handout.
The meeting also decided to carry out load-shedding in various urban areas in the northern region to ensure adequate power supply to the irrigation pumps in rural areas and introduce a load-staggering system in city areas.
Both BPDB and REB will keep operative their all capacitor banks with their own system and install, if necessary, more capacitor banks to improve the power supply situation.