Private co seeks LNG for coal-fired plants

Special Correspondent

31 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A private power sponsor, Independent Power Producer (IPP), has sought an alternative option to exit from the proposed coal-fired power plants.

They want to replace the coal-fired plants with LNG-based plants.

This was sought at a review meeting of the power projects on Sunday.

“The IPP sought to replace their 522MW Munshiganj coal-fired power plant with an LNG-based plant. However, this is subject to the approval by the ministry,” said an official concerned on the condition of anonymity.

He said the government was yet to take any decision in this regard.

Besides, the company also assured of implementing 635MW proposed coal-fired plant, the official said.

The progress of the 612MW unit-1 of SS Power Ltd and Barisal satisfied the ministry officials.

The ministry also expressed its satisfaction over the progress of the public and joint-venture power plants at Matarbari and Rampal.             

The government has taken 17 coal-fired power projects to generate around 17,000 megawatt of electricity by 2030 when the country’s electricity demand will reach 34,000 MW.

In February 2021, the Power Division sent a proposal to Prime Minister Office (PMO) to seek policy level decision about 13 coal-fired power plants.

After a month, the PMO has sent back a proposal to scrap 13 coal-fired projects.

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

It also sought a review of the regional grid balance.

A separate team is working to prepare a draft as per the directive of the PMO.  “Sunday’s meeting was not to discuss the issue as it needs a top policy-level decision,” the official added.