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Bangladesh commissions a 1.3 GW coal-fired power plant

22 Mar 2022

Bangladesh has commissioned the 1,320 MW Payra ultra-supercritical (USC) coal-fired power project in Kalapara Upazila of Patuakhali District in the Division of Barisal. The US$2.8bn power plant was developed by Bangladesh China Power Company (BCPCL), a 50:50 joint venture between the China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC), an affiliate of China General Technology Group (Genertec), and Bangladesh's state-owned power utility North-West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL). The project, which will produce 8.5 TWh/year, is part of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor.

Coal-fired capacity, which was multiplied by 7 between 2017 and 2020 (from 250 MW to 1.8 GW), accounts for 8% of Bangladesh’s installed capacity (2020).

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