Maheshkhali power station (KEPCO)

From Global Energy Monitor

Maheshkhali power station (KEPCO) is a proposed 1320-megawatt (MW) coal plant for Maheshkhali (also spelled Moheshkhali) in Bangladesh.

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 forthe plant in Maheshkhali, Bangladesh.

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In August 2013 Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) announced that it intended to build the multi-plant Maheshkhali 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.[2][3]

According to a May 2014 report in Dhaka's Daily Sun, Korea Electric Power Corporation "has shown interest to set up a mega 1320MW coal-fired power plant" at Maheshkhali.[4]

In August 2016, the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) signed a memorandum of understanding to install a 1320 MW coal based power plant based in Moheshkhali with KEPCO. The plant is expected to be commissioned on June 23, 2023.[5]

In March 2018 it was reported that primary work on the project had not started, and that there were discussions of South Korea helping set up a gas plant in the country rather than a coal plant.[6]

According to Energy and Power in April 2019, the Pre-MoU agreements for Maheshkhali power station (BPDB/TNB), Maheshkhali power station (PowerChina), and Maheshkhali power station (KEPCO) have not advanced further "as foreign companies failed to get approval from their respective governments".[7]

In January 2020, The Daily Sun reported the Bangladesh government had decided to scrap the proposed coal plant due to slow progress in project implementation.[8]

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 ministry will soon send the plan to the Prime Minister's Office for review.[9]

Maheshkhali power complex

In addition to the KEPCO proposal, several other overseas overseas power companies have made plans or expressed interest in building coal plants in Maheshkhali:[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Maheshkhali, Bangladesh
  • Coordinates: 21.632953, 91.901935 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 1320 MW (Units 1-2: 660 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service: 2029[10]
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "PDB plans 13,500MW at Moheshkhali Power Hub," Bangladesh Post, 18 Nov 2017
  2. ""Rendering Consultancy Services for Power Plant Projects at Maheshkhali Upazila in Cox's Bazar District of Bangladesh” Bangladesh Power Development Board, August 1, 2013.
  3. Sharier Khan, "Maheshkhali to house massive power plant," The Daily Star, April 16, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Shamim Jahangir, "ABD to finance mega coal-fired project at Moheshkhali," Daily Sun, 28 May 2014
  5. "Power subsidy to go by 2023," The Bangladesh Post, Apr 22, 2017
  6. "No progress in 19 power plants yet," The Bangladesh Post, March 9, 2018
  7. "Dream Islands," Energy and Power, April 19, 2019
  8. Jahangir, Shamim (2020-01-21). "Govt to scrap power deals with Malaysian, S Korean firms". the Daily Sun. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  9. Roy, Pinaki (2020-11-19). "Future not coal power". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  10. 2016 Master Plan "Revisited", Bangladesh Power Division, Nov 2018

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