Dighipara power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Dighipara power station is a proposed mine-mouth coal-fired power station in Rangpur, Bangladesh.


The map below shows the proposed location for the plant in Nawabganj Upazila.

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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]

Based on the Bangladesh Master Plan "Revisited", released in November 2018, the only remaining plan appears to be the 1000 MW coal plant by NorthWest Power Generation, planned for commissioning in 2032.[6]

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. The Dighipara power station will likely be cancelled as a result. The ministry will soon send the plan to the Prime Minister's Office for review.[7]

As of June 2021 there have been no developments on the proposal, which appears to be shelved.

Project Details

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

Articles and resources


  1. "Deal signing today for feasibility of Dighipara coal," Dhaka Tribune, May 30, 2017
  2. "Dighipara coal mine to feed proposed power plant," New Age, September 1, 2016
  3. "Government to build 500MW power plant at Dighipara," Dhaka Tribune, May 30, 2017
  4. Annual report 2017, NorthWest Power Generation, May 1, 2018
  5. "Future projects," North-West Power Generation Company website, updated November 2018
  6. 2016 Master Plan "Revisited", Bangladesh Power Division, Nov 2018
  7. Roy, Pinaki (2020-11-19). "Future not coal power". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2020-11-19.

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