The executive committee of the National Economic Council (NEC) of Bangladesh has approved an ultra super critical coal-fired power plant.
The Matarbari power plant will send 1200 MW of electricity to the national grid, when complete.
The approval was given at an NEC meeting with Bangladesh prime minister, Sheik Hasina, in the chair, according to Prothom Alo.
The prime minister confirmed at the meeting that the project will be paid for by the state, as well as the Japan International Co-operation Agency. As World Coal writer, Ng Weng Hoong, reported in the July issue of World Coal, Japan expects to provide US$ 1.18 billion in funding to the Matarabi project.
The project comes as the country looks to address its desperate need for power. The NEC said it was hopeful projects such as the Matarbari coal-fired power plant would address “power deficiency in the country and ensure uninterrupted power supply.” This would in turn “ensure the country’s economic development and improve the living standard of the Bangladeshi people”.
In addition to the super critical power plant project, a new deep seaport has been approved. The entire project and port has been scheduled to be completed by June 2023.
The NEC stressed that there would be zero tolerance for environmental pollution during construction of the projects.
Once complete, the NEC said the power plant would have average efficiency rates of 42% – higher than the average work efficiency of other Bangladeshi coal-fired power plants, which stands at 34%.
Edited from various sources by Sam Dodson
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