1320 MW coal-fired power plant goes into production in 2023
Published: 01:48 PM, 14 January 2021 Updated: 03:32 PM, 14 January 2021
The work of the 1320 MW coal-fired power plant at Kalapara in Patuakhali is progressing fast. Production is expected to start in this Bangladesh-China joint venture project in the first half of 2023.
The power plant is being jointly constructed by Rural Power Company Limited (RPCL), a domestic power generation company owned by the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board, and NORINCO International Cooperation Ltd, a Chinese state-owned company, at a cost of Tk 20,000 crore.
The joint venture company RPCL NORINCO Intl. Power Ltd (RNPL) is constructing the facility - which is about 27 percent completed.
It will generate electricity — coals will be imported by sea from Indonesia and Australia — in two units of 660 MW. Ultra Super Critical Technology will be used in this power plant so that the environment is not harmed in burning the coal to generate electricity. It is being constructed next to the completed Payra Thermal Power Station in Kalapara Upazila.
About 915 acres of land have been acquired in Dhanbari UP for the construction of the facility. Land development work is almost over. Construction of project office and accommodation facilities including piling luggage handling jetty, the access road is underway.
According to RPCL sources, the power plant will require about 12,000 metric tons of coal per day. 58 percent coals will be imported from Indonesia and 42 percent from Australia. Due to advanced technology, the emission of harmful substances from burning coal will be comparatively less. It will have a 220-meter high chimney. There will also be an ash pond, where 99 percent of the fly ash will be controlled through boiler tubes and there will be arrangements to sell fly ash as per the local market demand.
281 houses are being constructed for 281 families affected due to the project. Tk 28 lakh has been spent for the construction of each 1,200 sq ft brick-built house. The house consists of three bedrooms, a drawing cum dining room, two bathrooms and a kitchen.
To rehabilitate the displaced families, a beautiful residential area has been set up on 30 acres of land. The affected 281 modern houses will be handed over next March.
Besides houses, construction of mosques, schools, clinics, shops, community centers, cyclone shelters, playgrounds, cemeteries, boundary walls, land protection and ponds have been completed on 25 acres of land to ensure all the facilities for the rehabilitated people.
“The first unit of the power plant will go into production in February 2023 and the second unit on August 31. The progress of the whole project has been 26.73 percent until last December. However, the target was 26.68 percent,” said Project Director Md. Tawfiq Islam.
RNPL project manager Mr. Ming said NORINCO International Cooperation, a state-owned Chinese company, has about 70 years of experience in the power sector. “As per the professional experience, we promise that all the terms of the contract will be fulfilled in the implementation of this project. The quality of electricity will also be fine,” he added.
A school has been built in residential areas for rehabilitation. There is a Community Hall cum Shelter of 38,736 square meters for multipurpose use. There are playgrounds, mini-parks, markets and a pond with an area of 4,900 square meters.
Besides, three paisa per unit of electricity generated from the project will be deposited in the development fund for the development of roads including the infrastructure of power plant area and improvement of living standard of the people here, which will be spent on improving the quality of life of rehabilitated people. Apart from this, those who have acquired land in this project will get employment opportunities based on merit.