Patuakhali power station (Ashuganj)

From Global Energy Monitor

Patuakhali power station is a proposed 1,320-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plants in Barisal division, Bangladesh.

There are three different proposals for 1320-MW coal-fired power stations in Patuakhali, by three sets of sponsors, all joint ventures between Bangladeshi and Chinese firms:

Location

The map below shows the location of Dhankhali union, the approximate location of the project's site, Kalapara upazali, Patuakhali district, Barisal division.[1]

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Background

In July 2017 Bangladesh’s state-run Ashuganj Power Station Company Limited (APSCL) and China Energy Engineering Corporation signed an MoU to build a 1,320-MW coal-fired power station in Patuakhali through a 50:50 joint venture. The Chinese partner has agreed to arrange loans from the Export Import Bank of China for the project. The plant is planned to be ultra supercritical using imported coal of around 12,000 tonnes of coal per day from Indonesia, India, or Australia. Bangladesh’s state-owned West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited will build a transmission line from the proposed plant to Patuakhali sub-station to connect the national power grid. The first 660-MW unit is expected to be commissioned in 2021 and the second unit in 2023.[2][3]

In February 2018, the project's sponsors stated that they planned to have land acquisition completed by December 2019.[4][5]

Cancellation risk

In August 2020, signalling a potential pivot in Bangladesh away from coal power towards increased reliance on gas-based power from imported liquified natural gas (LNG), Bangladesh’s minister of power, energy and mineral resources, Nasrul Hamid stated that the government is planning to review an array of planned coal plants with the exception of three which are in construction and nearing completion: the Rampal power station, the Matarbari power station and the Payra power station. According to Minister Hamid, "We are reviewing how we can move from coal-based power plants."Patuakhali power station (Ashuganj) is, therefore, likely to be reviewed by the government which may cause delays to the project or even cancellation.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Ashuganj Power Station Company Limited (APSCL), China Energy Engineering Corporation
  • Parent company: Ashuganj Power Station Company Limited (APSCL), China Energy Engineering Corporation
  • Location: Rabnabad river bank, Dhankhali union, Kalapara upazali, Patuakhali district, Barisal division
  • Coordinates: 21.986667, 90.241667 (approximate)
  • Status: Pre-permit development
  • Gross Capacity: 1320 MW (2 x 660 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service: 2024[7]
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Indonesia, India, or Australia
  • Source of financing: Export Import Bank of China
  • Permits and applications:

Contact details

Website: http://www.bpdb.gov.bd/

Articles and resources

References

  1. "Faster Rampal plant execution demanded" bdnews24.com, October 13, 2013
  2. "Bangladesh Ropes In China Energy For 1,320-MW Power Project," Asia Power, 18 July 2017
  3. "Faster Rampal plant execution demanded" bdnews24.com, October 13, 2013
  4. "No progress in 19 power plants yet," The Bangladesh Post, March 9, 2018
  5. Govt to acquire 931 acres land, The Asian Age, 26 Feb. 2018.
  6. Tom Baxter, "Bangladesh may ditch 90% of its planned coal power," China Dialogue, August 27, 2020
  7. 2016 Master Plan "Revisited", Bangladesh Power Division, Nov 2018

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