Bangladesh is to put the contracts for four power plants out to tender as part of a bid to ramp up its coal powered generation.

The plants are expected to generate 2000 MW of electricity and would be built in the coastal regions of Chittagong, Khulna and Munshiganj to facilitate easy transport of imported coal, which the plants would run on initially until domestic coal reserves were sufficient to be utilised.

The tenders come as Bangladesh is facing dwindling gas reserves, which has prompted a rise in diesel and oil fired power plants as a short-term fix.

Last month the government awarded contacts to build three coal fired plants to Chinese joint venture firm Orion-Long King.