PMO sent back proposal on scrapping coal-fired plants

Special Correspondent

9 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has sent back a proposal to scrap on 13 coal-fired projects recently. 

The Power Division sought a decision from the prime minister's office (PMO) to take a final decision regarding the coal-fired power plants.

PMO sought clarification about the existing ratio of electricity generation from coal-fired plants after scrap the proposed plants, an official said.

It also seeks review about regional grid balance after the review. 

“We are preparing a draft for the PMO,” BPDB chairman Balayet Hossain said.

Bangladesh Power Division is planning to convert the proposed state-owned coal-fired projects into plants based on LNG or renewable energy, officials said.

A series of studies conducted by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) with the support of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) recently warned that the adverse impacts of the existing and under-construction coal-fired power could end up causing the deaths of around 71,000 people throughout their lifespan in the next 30 years, mainly due to air pollution, toxic deposition and other environmental hazards.

CREA conducted the studies on eight proposed coal-fired power projects in greater Chattogram in September 2020, the newly constructed Payra coal-fired thermal power project, and proposed plants in greater Barisal in May 2020 and Rampal Power Project.  

Some 16 coal-fired power plants will be responsible for the high levels of air pollution that will put the Bangladeshi population at an elevated risk from the COVID-19 pandemic, the report said.

Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) General Secretary Sharif Jamil said, “While publishing the report, we have called upon the authorities to scrap the coal-fired power projects for saving lives."