The $1.6bn project is underway at the port city of Payra in the Patuakhali district, around 200 km south of Dhaka.
An EPC contract was signed in March between China Energy Engineering Group Northeast No.1 Electric Power Construction Co (NPEC), China National Energy Engineering & Construction Co (CECC) and Bangladesh-China Power Co (BCPC), which is a joint venture between China National Machinery Import and Export Corp (CMC) and Bangladesh’s North-West Power Generation Co (NWPGC).
In its first phase, the 1320 MW project is planned to include two supercritical units which are expected to be commissioned in April and October 2019. Around 30 per cent of the work has been completed so far at the almost 400-ha site.
Bangladesh’s power minister, Nasrul Hamid, said the project is being financed by his and the Chinese governments along with funding from the China Ex-Im bank.
Hamid said he believes the plant will be “cost-effective”.
The country aims to get 40 GW of its power from coal-fired plants by 2030.