A 400kV Patuakhali (Payra)-Gopalganj power transmission line has started its operation today.
The transmission from the Gopalganj Grid Substation began around 4:50pm.
The 163km long double-circuit high voltage transmission line connects the newly built 400/230kV Grid Substation in Muksudpur upazila of Gopalganj with Patuakhali's Payra via Patuakhali Sadar, Barguna, Jhalakathi, Barishal and Madaripur.
The line's transmission capacity is several times higher than other 400kV lines because of the four ACCC conductors used in each phase of the line, said officials.
Electricity from the 1320MW power station at Payra – when it is completed – will be trasmitted through this line to feed the National Grid.
The Power Grid Company of Bangladesh implemented the scheme under its Patuakhali-Gopalganj 400kV Transmission Line and Gopalganj 400kV Grid Substation Project.
The line from Payra to Gopalganj has been built over four rivers – the Patra, Sondha, Sugondha and Laukathi. High river crossing towers have been constructed on both sides of the rivers for this.
South Korean contractor GS Engineering and Construction Corporation constructed the transmission line on a turnkey basis at a cost of Tk1,412 crore.
The Power Grid Company of Bangladesh and the government jointly funded the project.