Mirsarai power station (Hangzhou Jinjiang)

From Global Energy Monitor

Mirsarai power station (মীরসরাই) was a proposed 1,320-megawatt (MW) coal-fired in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

It is not to be confused with the proposed Mirsarai power station (Bangladesh Steel Re-Rolling Mills).

Location

The map below shows the proposed location forthe plant in Mirsarai Economic Zone.

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Background

In October 2015, officials of China-based Zhejiang Jindun Holding Group Company visited the under-construction economic zone at Mirsarai upazila known as Mirsarai Economic Zone. The Chinese company had expressed interest in setting up a coal-based power plant with a capacity of 1,300-megawatt there. Zhejiang Jindun Holding Group Company Ltd sought 1,000 acres of land to establish the power plant.[1]

In October 2016, it was reported that Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority signed two agreements worth US$5.3 billion with Chinese companies Zhejiang Jindun Holding Company and China Electric Power Construction Group (PowerChina) to produce 1,320 MW of coal-fired electricity and invest in renewable power projects. PowerChina's SEPCO was the EPC contractor. The coal-fired power plant would be set up at Mirsarai in Chittagong.[2]

In March 2018, it was reported that a consortium of Hangzhou Jinjjang Group, Hangjhou Zhengcai Holding Group, and Jindun Energy Equipment (Hong Kong) would construct the plant on a build-own-operate (BOO) basis for about US$2.5 billion. A Chinese bank committed to provide the loans of up to US$2 billion, according to power division officials.[3]

The plant did not appear listed in the Bangladesh 2016 Master Plan "Revisited", released in November 2018.[4]

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. Mirsarai power station (Hangzhou Jinjiang) will likely be cancelled as a result.[5]

According to the BWGED, the expected operating date of the power plant was June 2026 as per the BPDB progress report (December 2021). However, as per the BPDB report of January 2022, the power plant was dropped from the list (10 January 2022).[6]

The coal plant is presumed cancelled.

(A 660-megawatt gas or liquified natural gas-based power plant appeared approved in the area for implementation by the Bangladesh Power Development Board.[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Hangzhou Jinjjang Group, Hangjhou Zhengcai Holding Group, Jindun Energy Equipment
  • Location: Mirsarai Economic Zone, Mirsarai upazila, Chittagong district, Chittagong division, Bangladesh
  • Coordinates: 22.757626, 91.469544 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 1,320 MW (Units 1-2: 660 MW)
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Imported (possibly Australia)
  • Source of financing: unnamed Chinese bank

Articles and resources

References

  1. "Official visits Chinese company project site in Mirsarai," The Independent, October 7, 2015
  2. "Beximco, Meghna tie up with Chinese investors for power," Daily Star, October 18, 2016
  3. "A 1,320 MW power plant in Ctg on way," Daily Star, March 1, 2018
  4. 2016 Master Plan "Revisited", Bangladesh Power Division, November 2018
  5. "Future not coal power," The Daily Star, November 19, 2020
  6. "Update on the Coal Power Plants in Bangladesh: Feb 2022," BWGED, February 2022
  7. "Govt to build 660MW plant in Mirsarai," The Daily Star, December 30, 2021

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