Maheshkhali power station (PowerChina)

From Global Energy Monitor

Maheshkhali power station (PowerChina) was a proposed 1,320-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station at Maheshkhali Island in Cox's Bazar district, Bangladesh.

It was part of the Maheshkhali power complex. The proposal is considered cancelled.

In August 2017, it was reported that the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) had 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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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 were expected to form a joint venture company to set up the power plant. Both the parties agreed to finance 50% of the project.[2]

The plant appeared to be listed in the Bangladesh 2016 Master Plan "Revisited", released in November 2018, as "Moheshkhali 1200 MW USCPP JV of BPDB & SEPCO, China." It had a planned commissioning date of 2028.[3]

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) had not advanced further "as foreign companies failed to get approval from their respective governments".[4]

Cancellation news

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.[5] The power station would likely be cancelled as a result.

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. Two 1,320 MW Maheshkhali coal plants were cancelled, and Maheshkhali power station (PowerChina) may have been be among the ten cancelled coal plants.[6]

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.[7][8]

The power station is considered cancelled.

Background on Maheshkhali power complex

Maheshkhali power station was 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: 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: 2028
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Imported
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "PDB plans 13,500MW at Moheshkhali Power Hub," Bangladesh Post, November 18, 2017
  2. A"Another 1,320MW power plant in Maheshkhali," Dhaka Tribune, June 29, 2016
  3. 2016 Master Plan "Revisited", Bangladesh Power Division, November 2018
  4. "Dream Islands," Energy and Power, April 19, 2019
  5. "Future not coal power," The Daily Star, November 19, 2020
  6. "10 coal-fired power projects scrapped as part of master plan revision," UNB, June 27, 2021
  7. “GOB is to cancel 6 more coal power plants,” BWGED, Hasan Mehedi, October 29, 2021
  8. "Six other coal-fired power plants were canceled," News Founded, undated (referencing October 8, 2020 letter)

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