The government has decided to set up around 400MW super critical power plant under public sector in Munshiganj district. Power Division has taken the decision at a meeting recently.
Under public sector, the government has already undertaken four projects of coal-fired power plants having a capacity of generating 5040MW electricity.This power plant will be the 5th coal-based state-owned power plants undertaken by Awami League government.
The state-owned Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCB) will implement the project. The company has a capacity of generating over 1000MW electricity.
In this regard, the government has also decided to acquire 194 acres of land for implementing the project in the district.
Earlier, the state-owned Rural Power Company Ltd (RPCL) planed to implement the coal-fired power plant on the bank of Meghna River in Munshiganj district. But the company has backtracked from its decision as coal transportation through the river is not found feasible.
The EGCB has also a plan to scrap the decision of coal-based power plant and take a combined cycle power plant project instead, if the feasibility study does not allow implementing such power project. Besides, the company is also concerned about river erosion at the proposed site, sources said.
The government has also allowed Orion Group to set up four coal-fired power plants having a capacity of generating 1721MW electricity under private sector. But the progress of the plants is insignificant. In this regard, Power Division has formed a three-member committee to oversee the progress of the power plants, sources said.