Bangladesh and India Sign Agreement for Joint Coal Fired Power Plant [ Current Affairs ]


Bangladesh and India signed an agreement for the construction of a 1, 320 megawatt (MW) coal fired power plant near Sundarbans. Under bilateral cooperation the biggest project mark the transition from electricity export to generation level.

  • Agreement was signed between Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company (Pvt) Limited (BIFPCL), the joint venture enterprise deal with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).
  • Bangladesh’s southwestern Rampal near the Sundarbans BHEL was selected under an open international tender for constructing the super thermal plant.
Image shows the coal fired power plant

Image shows the coal fired power plant

showing image of coal fired power plant

Key Details:

  • Bilateral co-operation mark the biggest coal fired power plant project between both countries.
  • Export to generation level that would mark the transition from electricity.
  • For the project India’s Exim Bank will provide US 1.49 billion dollars.
  • Scheduled to start generating power in 2019.
  • Deal concerns by environmental groups.
  • Power plant could affect the ecosystem of the world’s largest mangrove forest in Sundarbans,
  • World legacy site spreading over both Bangladesh and India.
  • Bangladesh had assigned one of its fast-track projects Maitree Super Thermal Power Project (MSTPP).
  • This Project was started under a bilateral agreement between India and Bangladesh.
  • Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina’s signed an agreement during India visit in 2010.

About coal fired power plant:

  • By using coal more than half of the electricity generated in the world is as the primary fuel.
  • The function of the coal fired thermal power plant is to convert the energy available in the coal to Electricity.
  • Coal power plants work by using several steps to convert stored energy in coal to usable electricity.
  • In our home we find that powers lights, computers etc.

- Published on: July 13, 2016