Maheshkhali power station (PowerChina)

From Global Energy Monitor

Maheshkhali power station (PowerChina) is a proposed 1320-megawatt (MW) coal plant at Maheshkhali Island in Cox's Bazar district, 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 for the plant in Maheshkhali Island.

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Background on Maheshkhali power station

In June 2016 the state-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China-based Sepco Electric Power Construction Corporation to set up the ultra-critical project by importing coal. As per the agreement, the PDB and Sepco will soon form a joint venture company to set up the power plant. Both the parties have agreed to finance 50% of the project.[2] It is planned for commissioning in 2028.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[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]

Plant cancelled by government

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 (PowerChina) will likely be formally cancelled as a result. The ministry will soon send the plan to the Prime Minister's Office for review.[8]

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. This power station was among the ten cancelled coal plants.[9]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), SEPCO
  • Parent company: BPDB, PowerChina
  • Location: Maheshkhali Island, Bangladesh
  • Coordinates: 21.623126, 91.903689 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 1,320 MW (Units 1-2: 660 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service:
  • 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. Aminur Rahman Rasel, "Another 1,320MW power plant in Maheshkhali," Dhaka Tribune, June 29, 2016
  3. 2016 Master Plan "Revisited", Bangladesh Power Division, Nov 2018
  4. ""Rendering Consultancy Services for Power Plant Projects at Maheshkhali Upazila in Cox's Bazar District of Bangladesh” Bangladesh Power Development Board, August 1, 2013.
  5. "Project Details: BPDB/CHDHK – Maheshkhali Upazila Coal-Based Thermal Power Plant 6000 MW – Bangladesh," Construction IC, Mar 24, 2017
  6. "PDB plans 13,500MW at Moheshkhali Power Hub," Bangladesh Post, 18 Nov 2017
  7. "Dream Islands," Energy and Power, April 19, 2019
  8. Roy, Pinaki (2020-11-19). "Future not coal power". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  9. "10 coal-fired power projects scrapped as part of master plan revision: Nasrul Hamid". UNB. 2021-06-27. Retrieved 2021-06-29.

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