Maheshkhali power station (Huadian)

From Global Energy Monitor

Maheshkhali power station (Huadian) is a proposed 1320-megawatt (MW) coal plant at Maheshkhali Island in Cox's Bazar district, Bangladesh. The project is also know as Chittagong Coal-2. It is part of the Maheshkhali power complex.

In August 2017 it was reported that the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) has signed memoranda of understandings to build four coal-fired power plants of 1320 MW each at the hub, with China Huadian, a Malaysian Consortium of Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Korean KEPCO, and China SEPCO:[1]


The map below shows the proposed location for the plant in Maheshkhali Island in Cox’s Bazar district.

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Background on Maheshkhali power station

In April 2014 the Financial Express reported that the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) will sign a deal with China Huadian Hong Kong Limited to build a 1320 MW coal plant at Maheshkhali Island in Cox's Bazar district.[2]

The location of the project was initially uncertain. According to a February 2014 report by mining engineer Mushfiqur Rahman, a China Huadian Hong Kong representative was due to visit Bangladesh in December 2013 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a 1320 MW project in Anwara upazila, Chittagong district. Anwara upazila is located approximate 30 km north of Maheshkhali Island.

China Huadian Hong Kong and BPDB will form a dedicated joint venture company for implementing the project with loans provided by Chinese banks.[3]

In February 2016 it was reported that the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), China Huadian, Tenaga Nasional Berhar (TNB), Powertek Energy, and Malaysia will form a joint venture to built a 2 x 660 MW coal in Maheshkhali, planned for operation in 2019.[4] The project may therefore be merging with the Maheshkhali TNB power station, proposed by BPDB and Malaysia's Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Powertek.

On May 7, 2018, BPDB and China Huadian signed an agreement to form a joint venture company to set up a 1320 MW coal plant at Moheshkhali island. The joint venture will be equally owned by both the companies.[5] BPDB and Huadian signed another agreement in December 2018.[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 Maheshkhali power station (Huadian) 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.

Background on Maheshkhali power complex

Matarbari power station is 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 aqcquisition, situated within Amabassaya, Honanok and Panir Chhara mouza of Hoanok Union and Gharibhanga mouza of Kutubjhom union under Maheshkhali upazila, Cox’s Bazar. Ultra-supercritical technology would be employed by the coal plants, which would be sized at 600 to 1000 MW per unit.[8]

In January 2014, BPDB invited expression of interest (EoI) from companies to provide consultancy services for the project with February 20, 2014 as last submission date. STEAG Energy Services (India) Pvt. Ltd. and BCL Associates Ltd. were awarded a US$2.5 million contract to undertake the master plan.[9]

In August 2017 STEAG and BCL submitted their feasibility study report on the power hub to BPDB. BPDB plans up to 13,500 MW of coal plants in the region. It was reported that BPDB signed memoranda of understandings with China Huadian, a Malaysian Consortium of Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Korean KEPCO, and China SEPCO to build four coal-fired power plants of 1320 MW each at the hub.[10]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Huadian Chittagong
  • Parent company: China Huadian, Bangladesh Power Development Board
  • Location: Maheshkhali Island, Bangladesh
  • Coordinates: 21.634145, 91.898492 (exact)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Gross Capacity: 1,320 MW (Units 1-2: 660 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service: 2027[11]
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Imported
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "PDB plans 13,500MW at Moheshkhali Power Hub," Bangladesh Post, 18 Nov 2017
  2. "Deal likely with Chinese firm for another coal-fired power plant," The Financial Express, April 9, 2014
  3. "Primary Energy Supply Challenges for Power," Bangladesh - Audacity of Hope, February 14, 2014
  4. "1,350 MW coal-fired twin power plants in Maheshkhali soon," Daily Observer, 26 February, 2016
  5. "Bangladesh signs deal with China to set up coal-based power plant," Reuters, May 7, 2018
  6. Joint venture agreement signed for Chittagram project, China Daily, 27 Dec. 2018.
  7. Roy, Pinaki (2020-11-19). "Future not coal power". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  8. ""Rendering Cconsultancy Services for Power Plant Projects at Maheshkhali Upazila in Cox's Bazar District of Bangladesh” Bangladesh Power Development Board, August 1, 2013.
  9. "Project Details: BPDB/CHDHK – Maheshkhali Upazila Coal-Based Thermal Power Plant 6000 MW – Bangladesh," Construction IC, Mar 24, 2017
  10. "PDB plans 13,500MW at Moheshkhali Power Hub," Bangladesh Post, 18 Nov 2017
  11. 2016 Master Plan "Revisited", Bangladesh Power Division, Nov 2018

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