First unit of 1.3 GW coal-fired power project commissioned in Bangladesh

The first 660 MW unit of the 1,320 MW Payra coal-fired power plant project, located in Patuakhali district of Bangladesh, has been commissioned, increasing Bangladeshs power capacity to 23.2 GW. The second unit is expected to start operating in June 2020.

The 1,320 MW Payra coal-fired power plant is developed by Bangladesh-China Power Company, a joint-venture between North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL), a subsidiary of national electricity company Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), and China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation (CMC). In June 2019, Bangladesh-China Power Company signed a coal import agreement with an Indonesian firm to supply 4 Mt/year of coal to the plant.

The government of Bangladesh aims to reach 20 GW of coal-fired power capacity by 2030. To compensate its insufficient domestic gas production, Bangladesh hopes to produce 1.1 Mt/year of coal by 2020, 5.7 Mt/year by 2030 and 11.2 Mt/year by 2041, and to develop infrastructures to import 60 Mt/year by 2041.