Dighipara coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Dighipara coal mine is proposed by Barapakuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL) to produce 3 million tonnes per annum in Rangpur, Bangladesh.

The mine will source coal for the proposed Dighipara power station


The map below shows the proposed location for the mine

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In 1995, the Geological Survey of Bangladesh discovered a coal deposit in Dinajpur spanning 24 square kilometres area, which it said had a potential reserve of 865 million tonnes of coal. In 2015, the government leased out the Dighipara deposit to the Barapukuria mining company for development. In September 2016, the coal mining company received proposals for a feasibility study of the mine, which was agreed to in May 2017.[1]

Plans for the mine have included discussion in 2016 of a mine-mouth coal plant of 660 MW developed by PowerChina,[2] to a 500 MW coal plant, sponsor unknown, proposed in 2017,[3] to plans for a 1000 MW ultra-supercritical plant in Dighipara by 2025 by North-West Power Generation Company.[4][5]

As of January 2019 the only remaining plan appears to be the 1000 MW coal plant by NorthWest Power Generation, planned for commissioning in 2032.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Barapakuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL) [7]
  • Parent company: Barapakuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL), Fugro Consult GmbH and Mibrag Consulting International GmbH
  • Location: Dinajpur Dist, Rangpur, Bangladesh
  • Coordinates: 25.416667, 89.083333 (exact)
  • Status: Proposed
  • Production: 3 million tonnes per annum[8]
  • Reserve:150 million tonnes[8]
  • Start Year: 2032 (projected)
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Consumer: Dighipara power station, Bangladesh
  • Source of financing:

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