Barisal power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Barisal power station is a proposal for a 700-megawatt (MW) power plant in Barisal division, Bangladesh.

Location

The map below shows the proposed location for the plant in Nishanbaria village of Taltali upazila, Barguna district, Barisal division.[1]

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Background

In July 2017, Iso Tech Group entered into a JV Consortium with Power China Resources & Taylor Power Environmental Company to Build, Own and Operate a 350 MW gross (307 MW net) supercritical coal-fired Independent Power Plant (IPP) and related infrastructure in Barisal District, Bangladesh, under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).[2][3]

On April 12, 2018, Iso Tech Group signed a Power Purchase and Implementation Agreement for the plant with the Bangladesh Power Development Board. According to Transparency International Bangladesh, BPDB signed the agreement for the power plant without getting proper clearance from the environment department. The plant is planned near the Tengragiri reserve forest in Barguna.[4]

In August 2018, PowerChina signed a deal with ISO Tech for preliminary design and technical consultation services to build two 350-MW units at the site. The second unit would be built in a second phase of construction.[5]

In January 2019 Power Construction Corporation of China signed a supporting equipment supply contract for the project.[6] Prep work has begun. Plans indicate that another 350 MW supercritical unit would be added after the first unit.[1]

Planet satellite photos from January to November 2019 show preliminary construction on unit 1 has begun.

Public opposition

According to New Age, the company is "constructing cofferdam for the project without obtaining environmental clearance from the Department of Environment." On August 2, 2018, villagers submitted a public petition to the prime minister urging the government to stop the project, alleging that the company was purchasing lands with the help of illegal brokers with forged documents.[7] In October 2018, the government said it would investigate the claims.[8]

In February 2019, Transparency International Bangladesh again called on the government to halt the plant's construction, claiming that the project had no approval from Bangladesh's Department of Environment — as well as claiming that local residents who have filed claims for compensation over land acquisition have been threatened and even assaulted.[9]

Cancellation risk

In August 2020, signalling a potential pivot in Bangladesh away from coal power towards increased reliance on gas-based power from imported liquified natural gas (LNG), Bangladesh’s minister of power, energy and mineral resources, Nasrul Hamid stated that the government is planning to review an array of planned coal plants with the exception of three which are in construction and nearing completion: the Rampal power station, the Matarbari power station and the Payra power station. According to Minister Hamid, "We are reviewing how we can move from coal-based power plants." Barisal power station is, therefore, likely to be reviewed by the government which may cause delays to the project or even cancellation.[10]

On November 19, 2020, The Daily Star reported that Bangladesh's power, energy and mineral resources ministry had finalized an energy plan that cancelled all coal plants except five under construction, including Unit 1 of Barisal; Unit 2 of Barisal may be cancelled. The ministry will soon send the plan to the Prime Minister's Office for review.[11]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: ISO Tech Group, China Resources Power
  • Parent company: ISO Tech Group and PowerChina
  • Location: Nishanbaria village, Taltali upazila, Barguna district, Barisal division
  • Coordinates: 21.961035, 90.062712 (exact)
  • Status: Construction (Unit 1), Announced (Unit 2)
  • Gross Capacity: 350 MW (Unit 1), 350 MW (Unit 2)
  • Type: Supercritical
  • Projected in service: 2023 (Unit 1)
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Imported (Indonesia or Australia)
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "ITECL," Iso Tech Group, accessed Jan 2019
  2. "Case Study," Iso Tech website, accessed Dec 2017
  3. "Banshkhali Power Plant," Iso Tech Group, accessed Feb 2018
  4. "Power plant near reserve forest evokes concern: PDB signs 25-year PPA with pvt co," FE Report, May 08, 2018
  5. POWERCHINA's subsidiary inks agreement for power station in Bangladesh, China Daily, 19 Dec. 2018.
  6. "孟加拉巴瑞萨350MW燃煤电站项目重要辅机设备合同正式签约," 北极星电力网新闻中心, 2019/1/16
  7. Sadiqur Rahman, "Coal-fired power plant in Barguna despite environmental concerns," New Age, Aug 06, 2018
  8. Government to probe ‘illegal’ land acquisition for Barisal power plant, Daily Sun, 29 Oct. 2018.
  9. Stop coal-fired power plant in Barguna: TIB, The Daily Star. 9 Feb. 2019.
  10. Tom Baxter, "Bangladesh may ditch 90% of its planned coal power," China Dialogue, August 27, 2020
  11. Roy, Pinaki (2020-11-19). "Future not coal power". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2020-11-19.

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