The government of Bangladesh has decided to scrap the approval for ten coal based power plants in the country as the construction progress on those plants were not satisfactory, said the State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid in Dhaka on Sunday.
The total generation capacity of the scrapped plants is 8451 MW. The scrapped power plant projects include 1,320 MW Patuakhali power plant, 1,200 MW Uttarbanga Plant in Gaibandha, 522 MW power plant at Mawa, 282 MW power plant in Dhaka, 282 MW power plant in Chattogram, 565 MW power plant in Khulna, 1,320 MW power plant at Moheshkhali, another 1,320 MW power plant at Moheshkhali, 700 MW Bangladesh-Singapore ultra-super critical power plant and 1,200 MW CPGCL-Sumitomo Corporation joint-venture plant, reports the official news agency BSS.
The Minister said that the use of LNG in power generation will be increased as part of adoption of new technologies in power generation. The government has planned to generate 40 percent power from renewable energy sources by 2041 as part of the country’s commitment to the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) , he added.
He said that electricity supply to Dhaka and some other cities will not be affected as Bangladesh has a surplus power supply now.
By Rajesh Jha