Maheshkhali power station (BPDB/RPCL)

From Global Energy Monitor

Maheshkhali power station (BPDB/RPCL) (or Moheshkhali power station) was a proposed 1,320-megawatt (MW) coal plant at Maheshkhali Island in Cox's Bazar district, Bangladesh.

BR PowerGen Limited, a subsidiary of Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Rural Power Company Limited (RCPL), proposed to develop the power station.

Other coal projects proposed in Maheshkhali have included the:


The map below shows the Maheshkhali Island, the proposed location for the plant.

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BR Powergen Ltd. (BRPL) is a Government Power Generation Company. 50% of the total shares of BRPL are owned by Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and the remaining 50% are owned by Rural Power Company Limited (RPCL).[1]

November 2018 plan

Based on the Bangladesh Master Plan "Revisited", released in November 2018, a power station named "Moheshkhali 2x660 MW Coal Fired Thermal Power Plan" was planned by BR Powergen. It was scheduled for completion by December 2026 under "High Case Studies."[2]

Cancellation risks

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 Maheshkhali power station would likely be cancelled as a result.[3]

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.[4] The power station may have been among the ten cancelled coal plants, as two 1,320 MW Maheshkhali coal plants were cancelled.

In October 2021, the Bangladesh Working Group on External Debt (BWGED) and News Founded also wrote that the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) was expected to cancel six additional coal-fired power plants planned to be developed on the Maheshkhali Islands. The government was reportedly planning to convert the six power plants from coal to LNG and renewable energy.[5][6]

BR Powergen's Annual reports

The 1,320 MW Maheshkhali power station was listed under "Future Projects Plan" in BR Powergen's 2017-2018 annual report,[7] 2018-2019 annual report[8], and 2019-2020 annual report.[9]

However, the power station was removed from BR Powergen's 2020-2021 annual report.[1]

The power station is assumed to be cancelled.

Background on Maheshkhali power complex

Maheshkhali power station was likely part of a large multi-plant complex being organized by the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB). In August 2013, Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) announced that it intended to develop a multi-plant power complex at Cox's Bazaar, including both coal-fired plants and combined cycle gas-fired plants. The announcement stated that the BPDB "intends to build 6000 MW Ultra Super Critical Coal Based Thermal Power Plant and 3000 MW LNG Based Combined Cycle Power Plant in different phases at Maheshkhali Upazila in Cox’s Bazar District." The announcement stated that the fuel for the projects would be imported coal and liquified natural gas. Five thousand acres were in the process of acquisition, situated within Amabassaya, Honanok and Panir Chhara mouza of Hoanok Union and Gharibhanga mouza of Kutubjhom union under Maheshkhali upazila, Cox’s Bazar.

Additional information is available at Maheshkhali power complex.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: BR Powergen
  • Parent company: Bangladesh Power Development Board (50%), Rural Power Company Limited (50%)
  • Location: Maheshkhali Island, Bangladesh
  • Coordinates: 21.623126, 91.903689 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 1,320 MW (Units 1-2: 660 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service: 2026
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Imported
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 “Annual Report 2020-2021,” B-R Powergen Limited, October 13, 2021
  2. 2016 Master Plan "Revisited", Bangladesh Power Division, November 2018
  3. "Future not coal power," The Daily Star, November 19, 2020
  4. "10 coal-fired power projects scrapped as part of master plan revision," UNB, June 29, 2021
  5. “GOB is to cancel 6 more coal power plants,” BWGED, Hasan Mehedi, October 29, 2021
  6. "Six other coal-fired power plants were canceled," News Founded, undated (referencing October 8, 2020 letter)
  7. “Annual Report 2017-2018,” B-R Powergen Limited, August 9, 2018
  8. “Annual Report 2018-2019,” B-R Powergen Limited, January 2, 2020
  9. Available in 5 volumes at “Annual Reports,” B-R Powergen Limited, December 2020

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