No more major coal-based power plant in N districts

Shamim Jahangir

20th January, 2019 11:04:09 printer

No more major coal-based
power plant in N districts

The government has decided not to construct any major coal-fired power plant in the country’s northern part as this type of plants requires huge quantity of water.

“We have, in principle, taken a decision not to allow any major coal-fired power plant in the country’s northern districts as they will destroy the aquifer of the country’s ‘food basket’, said officials in Power Division.

The Dinajpur coal-based power plant is now using water from underground coalmine.

The government has already shifted a major coal-based power plant to Kurigram from Rangpur owned by state-owned Ashuganj Power Company Ltd due to the same reason, said the officials. The government took move to shift the power plant after conducting a feasibility study that suggested for the transfer.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also issued a directive not to take any decision to set up any major power plant depending on local coals. As a result, now-a-days most of the coal-based power plants are being designed based on imported coal, said an official in power division.

The government has planned to install about 18 coal-fired power plants having a capacity to generate 18,392MW of electricity under public, private and joint venture initiative, he said. 

Very recently, GCM Resources plc and Chinese state-owned the POWERCHINA signed a Joint Venture Agreement and EPC Contract for setting up a 2,000MW mine-mouth coal-fired power plant in Dinajpur district. The project will have an approximate investment of about US$4 billion.

Officials of the Power Division, however, said that they did not get any proposal for purchasing 2000 MW of electricity from the proposed company.

The GCM Resources Plc is now operating their business at London stock market claiming the ownership of the Phulbari coalmine.  

At a signing function last week, Datuk Michael Tang PJN, Executive Chairman of GCM, said “The JV agreement and EPC contract are key milestones for the development of the 2nd proposed 2,000MW Power Plant Project at the mine site and aligns with GCM’s strategy to present a holistic power solution to Bangladesh. The Phulbari Coal and Power Project will deliver a significant multiplier effect on the nation’s advancement.”   

GCM has claimed to an investment of about US$60 million for its Bangladesh projects.