Patuakhali power station (BCPCL)

From Global Energy Monitor

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

The project is part of the Kalapara power station (Phase I is referred to as the Payra power station).

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:


The map below shows the approximate location of Kalapara, Patuakhali, but not the exact location of the proposed power station.[1]

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On its website (2015), Bangladesh's North-West Power Generation described the Kalapara project as being set up in two phases. The first phase is referred to as the "Payra 1320 (2x660) MW Thermal Power Plant Project." The second phase is referred to as the "Barguna / Patuakhali 1320 (2x660) MW Ultra Supercritical Coal Based Thermal Power Plant Project (2nd Phase)." (Note that Patuakhali and Barguna are adjacent districts and Payra (Paira) is located in close proximity.)[2][3]

In August 2016 the Bangladesh-China Power Company Limited (BCPCL), a 50:50 JV between North-West Power Generation and China National Machinery Import and Export Corp, said a deal had been signed with an EPC [engineering, procurement, and construction] contractor for the 1,320 MW Patuakhali coal plant, to be built near Payra.[4] North-West Power Generation is held by the Bangladesh Power Development Board.[5]

As of 2017 the Payra power station is under construction and Northwest reported the co-feasibility study for Patuakhali is underway and land acquisition complete. It is being funded by the China Exim Bank.[6]

The draft EIA was submitted in January 2019.[7]

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 (BCPCL) is, therefore, likely to be reviewed by the government which may cause delays to the project or even cancellation.[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. Patuakhali power station (BCPCL) will likely be cancelled as a result. The ministry will soon send the plan to the Prime Minister's Office for review.[9]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Bangladesh-China Power Company Limited (BCPCL)
  • Parent company: China National Machinery Import and Export Corp and North-West Power Generation Co (owned by Bangladesh Power Development Board)
  • Location: Rabnabad river bank near Paira Bandar, Kalapara upazila (subdistrict), Dhankhali, Patuakhali district
  • Coordinates: 21.986667, 90.241667 (approximate)
  • Status: Pre-permit development
  • Gross Capacity: 1320 MW (2 x 660 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service: 2023[10]
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Imported
  • Source of financing: Export Import Bank of China
  • Permits and applications:

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Articles and resources


  1. "Faster Rampal plant execution demanded", October 13, 2013
  2. "Future Plan," North-West Power Generation Company Limited, accessed September 2015
  3. FHM Humayan Kabir, "1320mw coal-fired power plant to be set up in Patuakhali", Financial Express, June 29, 2014
  4. Aminur Rahman Rasel, "BCPCL plans another 1,320MW plant," Dhaka Tribune, Aug 18, 2016
  5. Rasel, Aminur Rahman. "PDB to become holding company, employees against the move". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. "Future Projects," North-West Power Generation Company Limited, accessed December 2017
  7. "Ongoing Projects," North-West Power Generation Company Limited, accessed June 2019
  8. Tom Baxter, "Bangladesh may ditch 90% of its planned coal power," China Dialogue, August 27, 2020
  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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