Bangladesh Power Development Board
The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) was created as a public sector organization to boost the country's power sector after the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent state in 1972. The organization is responsible for planning and developing the nation's power infrastructure and for operating much of its power generation facilities.
The BPDB is responsible for the major portion of generation and distribution of electricity mainly in urban areas of the country. The Board is now under the Power Division of the Bangladesh Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources.
The predecessor of the BPDB was the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) of Pakistan. Subsequently, the Rural Electrification Board (REB) and the Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (DESA) now Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (DESCO) were created. PDB was dominated by trade unions and the consistent operation at loss concerned the government. In 2017 PDB was made a holding company by the government of Bangladesh. it is now the parent company of Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd, Coal Power Generation Company Bangladesh Limited, Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh, Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited, Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited, North West Power Generation Company Limited, North West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited, and West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited.
As of June 2010, in FY 2009–2010, BPDB had a total installed capacity of 5823 MW at 88 units (BPDB 3719 MW at 50 units and IPP, SIPP & Rental at 38 units) in power plants located in different parts of the country.
The main fuel used for power generation in BPDB plants is indigenous natural gas. BPDP operations also include projects that utilize renewable power sources including offshore wind power generation. A total of 17,079 GWh gross energy was generated in the public sector power plants operated by BPDB in 2010. In addition, a total of 11,327 GWh of energy was purchased by BPDB from Independent Power Producers (IPP, SIPP & Rental) in the private sector.
The maximum demand served during peak hours was 4698.5 MW on 02 August 2010. The transmission network is 8465 circuit kilometers long comprising 230, 132 and 66 kV lines. The total number of grid sub-stations is 108 and the total capacity is 16,749 MVA as of June 2010.
In FY 2010–11, BPDB had about 12,516 employees.
As of November 2013, Installed Generation capacity has increased to 10213 MW.
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