Bangladesh to reportedly generate electricity from waste material for the first time ever

  • June 17, 2023

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Source: Dhaka Tribune

In an effort to ease power shortages and turn waste into a resource, the Bangladeshi government has unveiled its plans to produce electricity for the first time from rubbish.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is due to officially launch the construction of the first of these power plants on July 20. Local Government Minister Md Tajul Islam announced this on Thursday at a meeting to prepare for the project.

Atiqul Islam, the mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, Nasrul Hamid, the local government secretary Muhammad Ibrahim, and other senior members of the Dhaka North City Corporation and the Local Government Division were also present at the meeting.

According to the LGRD minister, the waste-to-energy plant, scheduled to begin operations in October 2025, is anticipated to produce 42.5 megawatts of electricity daily from 3,000 tons of mixed waste, and the Bangladesh Power Development Board will purchase the generated electricity for 25 years at a set price.

To keep the atmosphere clean and pleasant, Md. Tajul Islam continued, it was decided to eliminate waste by generating electricity using incineration techniques.

“The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), the Local Government Division, and the Power Development Board are jointly working on this initiative,” he claimed.

He noted that China Machinery Engineering Corporation will participate as a sponsor in the electricity-generating incineration plant.