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]

On February 6, 2020, the ECP contractor for the plant announced Force Majeure, citing Covid-19 as the reason. According to the project website, work is on halt and will resume "once the coronavirus situation is under control".[8]

The Power Purchase Agreement and Implementation Agreement was signed on January 7, 2021.[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. Ongoing projects, North-West Power Generation Company Limited, accessed May 2021
  9. "Ongoing Projects," North-West Power Generation Company Limited, updated May 2021
  10. 2016 Master Plan "Revisited", Bangladesh Power Division, Nov 2018

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