Dighipara power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Dighipara power station is a 1,000 megawatt (MW) proposed mine-mouth coal-fired power station in Rangpur, Bangladesh.

It was projected to be commissioned between 2025 and 2032. However, as of December 2021, it appeared to be shelved or abandoned.

Location

The map below shows Nawabganj Upazila, the location of a Dighipara power station proposal.[1]

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Background

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.[2]

Plans for the Dighipara coal mine included discussion of a mine-mouth coal plant of 660 MW developed by PowerChina in 2016,[3] of a 500 MW coal plant, sponsor unknown, proposed in 2017,[1] and of a 1,000 MW ultra-supercritical plant by North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL) starting in 2015.[4]

Based on the Bangladesh Master Plan "Revisited", released in November 2018, the only remaining plan appeared to be the 1,000 MW coal plant by North-West Power Generation, planned for commissioning in 2032.[5]

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.[6] The Dighipara power station would likely be cancelled as a result, although it was not confirmed.

NWPGCL Annual Reports

The North-West Power Generation Company Limited portal includes various NWPGCL annual reports:[7]

  • In the 2015 annual report, the commercial operation date for the 1,000 power station was still listed as June 2022, under "Future Development Plan" (and not under "Current Development Activities");[8]
  • In the 2017 annual report, the commercial operation date for the power station was still listed as June 2030, under "Future Development Plan";[9]
  • In the 2018 annual report, the commercial operation date for the power station was still listed as June 2025, under "Future Development Plan";[10]
  • In the 2019 annual report, the commercial operation date for the power station was still listed as June 2025, under "Future Development Plan";[11]
  • In the 2020 annual report, the commercial operation date was listed as June 2028, under "Future Development Plan";[12]
  • In the 2021 annual report, the plant was removed from the future development plans and was no longer referenced.[13][14]


As of December 2021, there have been no known developments on the proposal, which appears to be shelved or abandoned.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: North-West Power Generation Company
  • Parent company: Bangladesh Power Development Board
  • Location: Nawabganj upazila, Dinajpur District, Rangpur, Bangladesh
  • Coordinates: 25.416667, 89.083333 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 1,000 MW
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service: 2028-2032
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source: Dighipara coal mine, Bangladesh
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Government to build 500MW power plant at Dighipara," Dhaka Tribune, May 30, 2017
  2. "Deal signing today for feasibility of Dighipara coal," Dhaka Tribune, May 30, 2017
  3. "Dighipara coal mine to feed proposed power plant," New Age, September 1, 2016
  4. "Future projects," North-West Power Generation Company website, updated November 2018
  5. 2016 Master Plan "Revisited", Bangladesh Power Division, Nov 2018
  6. "Future not coal power," The Daily Star, November 19, 2020
  7. "Annual Reports" portal, North-West Power Generation Company Limited, accessed December 2021
  8. "Annual report 2015," North-West Power Generation Company Limited, November 15, 2015
  9. "Annual report 2017," North-West Power Generation Company Limited, December 7, 2017
  10. "Annual report 2018," North-West Power Generation Company Limited, February 11, 2019
  11. "Annual report 2019," North-West Power Generation Company Limited, December 23, 2019
  12. "Annual report 2020," North-West Power Generation Company Limited, November 11, 2020
  13. "Annual report 2021," North-West Power Generation Company Limited, October 13, 2021 (draft annotation on page 2)
  14. "Annual report 2021," North-West Power Generation Company Limited, December 2021

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