The minister also claims that the move will not adversely impact power supply to the national grid as some alternative plants are now under construction
The government has dropped 10 coal-fired power plant projects, with a total generation capacity of 8451MW, as it seeks to revise the country's power system master plan (PSMP), says State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid.
The proposed plants are 1320MW plant Patuakhai (660X2), 1200MW thermal plant in Uttarbanga, 522MW plant in Mawa, 282MW plant in Dhaka, 282MW plant in Chittagong, 565MW plant in Khulna, Bangladesh-Singapore 700MW and CPGCBL-Sumitomo 1200MW power plant and two 1320MW plants in Maheshkhali.
"We have decided to annul these projects as part of adaptation of new technologies in power generation as the coal-fired plants failed to come into generation within their stipulated timeframe," he said placing the list of the scrapped projects at a press briefing at his ministry on Sunday.
Officials said all the scrapped projects were awarded to private sector sponsors to set up as independent power producer (IPP) from which the government was supposed to purchase electricity under a long term contract of 20 years.
Nasrul said: “An English daily earlier published a list of the cancelled plants, but that was not a correct one.”
He claimed that the move will not adversely impact the power supply to the national grid as some alternative plants are now under constructions and would generate electricity to meet the demands.
"After the adjustments in the plan, finally the national grid will have 13313MW surplus electricity by 2041. There will be no problem of power supply to meet demands," he said.
He, however, said there will be a special thrust on renewable energy promotion in the future planning of electricity as part of the country's commitment to the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is currently chair of the organization.
"We have pledged to the CVF to generate 40% electricity from renewable sources by 2041," said Nasrul.
Responding to a question he said that the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda) has been given responsibility to prepare a roadmap to achieve the goal.
"Sreda has already started working on the issue," he said, adding that a significant portion of renewable energy will be imported from Nepal and Bhutan.
"We're going to sign a final deal with Nepal to import hydropower from an Indian company's generation plant in Nepal," he said.
Discussions are going on with both Nepal and Bhutan to set up hydropower plants there under the bipartite or tripartite arrangement, he noted.
The state minister said there is also a plan to increase import of LNG to set up more gas-based power plants across the country.
"We want to take gas pipelines to south-western and northern regions including Gopalganj through Padma Bridge," he said.