Gazaria power station (Orion)

From Global Energy Monitor

Gazaria power station (Orion), also known as the Daka-2 power station, was a proposed 700-megawatt (MW) coal-fired in Munshiganj District, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh, sponsored by the Orion Group.

Location

The map below shows the proposed location for the plant in Gazaria Upazila, Munshganj District.

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Background

In April 2016, a consortium on companies signed a power purchase agreement with Bangladesh Power Development Board to build a 635 MW plant in Gazaria, Munshiganj district. The project was a part of a plan to install two coal-fired power plants in the Dhaka and Chittagong regions, approved by the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase on September 29, 2013. The consortium comprised the Orion Group, Fujian Zhongde Energy, and UAE-based Firstgen Energy. Under the agreement, the Power Development Board would purchase electricity for 25 years at Tk5.86 per kWh. According to Orion Group Chairman Mohammad Obaidul Karim, a contract was signed with General Electric for boiler, turbine, and generator, and an EPC contract was signed with Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute. The project also received terms of reference approval for its EIA from the Department of Environment. The plant would use ultra-supercritical combustion technology.[1]

Power from the plant would be purchased by the Power Development Board at a levelised tariff of US$0.0837 or Tk 6.69 per kilowatt hour, though the tariff could decrease to between Tk 5.86 and Tk 6 "in the context of falling price of coal in the global market," according to an Orion Group official.[2]

As of October 2016, Orion Power was seeking environmental clearance for the project.[3] According to the Orion Power website, the unit was set to be 700 MW gross (635 MW net). The company said it had "started implementation of the project at site."[4] The plant was planned for commissioning in 2022.[5]

With no developments since 2016, the project appears to be abandoned. 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 Gazaria power station (Orion) would likely be formally cancelled as a result.[6]

In June 2021, the Bangladesh State Minister for Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources announced the government was officially dropping ten coal plant projects in its master energy plan totaling over 8 GW of power due to delays in implementation. The Gazaria power station was among the ten cancelled coal plants.[7] However, the cancelled "Dhaka" project was referenced as 282 MW and not its original 635 MW or 700 MW capacity. It is unclear why the government referenced a smaller capacity.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Orion Power Unit-2 Dhaka Limited
  • Parent company: Orion Group, Fujian Zhongde Energy Co Ltd, and Firstgen Energy FZE
  • Location: Gazaria Upazila, Munshganj District, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh
  • Coordinates: 23.610950, 90.593350 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 700 MW
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service:
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  • Source of financing: China or unspecified Export Credit Agency

Articles and resources

References

  1. Aminur Rahman Rasel, "Munshiganj to see 635MW coal power plant," DhakaTribune, April 22, 2016
  2. "Orion signs deal for 635MW coal-fired power plant in Munshiganj," Energy Central, April 24, 2016
  3. Aminur Rahman Rase, "Public meeting held for coal-based power plant in Munshiganj," Dhaka Tribune, October 15, 2016
  4. "Orion Power Dhaka Unit-2 Ltd.," Orion Group, accessed June 2019
  5. 2016 Master Plan "Revisited", Bangladesh Power Division, November 2018
  6. Roy, Pinaki (2020-11-19). "Future not coal power". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  7. "10 coal-fired power projects scrapped as part of master plan revision," UNB, June 27, 2021

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