Matarbari Power Project
Construction work likely to start next month
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to kick off the construction work of 1,200MW coal-fired power project at Matarbari in Cox's Bazar next month.
The Matarbari power project is the country's second largest investment project, next to Rooppur Nuclear Power Project, funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The government started designing the 1200MW Matarbari power project in 2010 and completed the feasibility study in September 2013 to address the future demand of electricity for the country.
In October, 2017, Coal Power Generation Company Bangladesh Limited (CPGCBL), the project implementing authority, has started a $400 million land development work at Matarbari under which a 250 metre wide and a 4 kilometre-long channel will be constructed to procure coal and LNG, primary fuel of this project.
Md Abul Quasem, Managing Director of CPGCBL, told the Daily Observer on Monday that the government attached top priority to the Matarbari power project and the plant would be built after addressing all environmental concerns with effective measures.
"We expect the Prime Minister will inaugurate the coal-fired mega project in the middle of the next month. Japanese Minister for Trade and Industry will also join the opening programme," Quasem said.
Matarbari project is the country's second largest project, funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). According to Managing Director of CPGCBL, JICA will provide $4.56 billion for the project when the government will arrange necessary additional funding. Japanese company will complete all necessary jobs as per contract.
On completion, the coal-fired Matarbari plant will have an installed capacity of 1,200MW, with two units having capacity of 600MW each. The project also includes a deep-sea port near the plant for handling coal imports for the plant. As per contract, the first unit of the 1,200MW power plant will be commissioned by December 2022 and the other by June 2023.
"CPGCBL is starting paying Tk 200 crore as compensation to rehabilitate the local people of Matarbari and Volghata villages to implement the Matarbari ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plant. This amount will be spend among 2500 people of the two villages to rehabilitate them socially and financially," managing director of CPGCBL said.
The government expects to commence electricity generation from the plant in December 2022. It will also spend Tk 237.21 crore for acquiring 1414.65 acres of land for the plant. At least one member of the every affected family will get job at the plant, he added.