Barisal power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Barisal power station is a proposal for a 700-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Barisal division, Bangladesh. The power station is sometimes called the Khottar Char power station.


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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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. In December 2020, PowerChina reported that work on the foundation for the plant’s 217-meter chimney had begun.[7]

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.[8] In October 2018, the government said it would investigate the claims.[9]

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.[10] A study conducted by civil society organisation the Bangladesh Working Group on External Debt (BWGED) says 153 families are directly impacted by the construction of the coal power plant. Of them, 142 have been evicted by force.[11]

The BWGED study also noted that, when operational, the power station would emit 7,081 tonnes of carbon a day and damage several rich ecological zones nearby, including Tengragiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Sonakata Eco Park, Laldia mangrove forest, and Fatrar Char mangrove forest. It also raised the fear that hot water released from the plant into the Payra river would have negative effects on the hilsa population. Barges carrying coal to the plant will also move through a hilsa breeding ground. Hilsa is not only the favourite fish of Bangladesh but also a major revenue earner through exports.[12]

National River Conservation Commission directive

The opposition has included a directive in 2020 by the government’s own National River Conservation Commission (NRCC) to local authorities to evict the company from the plot where the plant is being built.[13][12]


Barisal Electric Power Company Limited (BEPCL) is a joint venture between Chinese state-owned company PowerChina and Bangladeshi company ISO Tech Electrification Company Limited. PowerChina owns 96% of the shares.[12][14]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Barisal Electric Power Company Limited (Barisal Energy (Dubai) Investment Limited (92%), Sinohydro (Hong Kong) Holding Ltd. (4%), ISO Tech Electrification Company Limited. (4%))[14]
  • Parent company: PowerChina (96%), ISO Tech Group (4%)[12]
  • 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


  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. "中国电力建设集团 国际项目 孟加拉巴瑞萨燃煤电站项目烟囱基础开挖". 2020-12-18. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  8. Sadiqur Rahman, "Coal-fired power plant in Barguna despite environmental concerns," New Age, Aug 06, 2018
  9. Government to probe ‘illegal’ land acquisition for Barisal power plant, Daily Sun, 29 Oct. 2018.
  10. Stop coal-fired power plant in Barguna: TIB, The Daily Star. 9 Feb. 2019.
  11. "China builds Barisal coal power plant in Bangladesh despite protests". The Third Pole. 2021-04-26. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 "China builds coal power plant in Bangladesh despite protests," Land Portal, April 29, 2021
  13. "River Commission asks DCs to evict 3 power plants," NewAge Bangladesh, September 28,2020
  14. 14.0 14.1 "PowerChina: Branches & Subsidiaries," Bangladesh Barisal PowerCo., Ltd., accessed July 20, 2021

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