Bangladesh is going to import coal for the first time for a power plant as part of its efforts to diversify the fuel mix in the electricity generation sector.
Bangladesh-China Power Company signed a deal with an Indonesian firm at a hotel in Dhaka recently to import the coal from the Southeast Asian country for the 1,320-megawatt coal-fired Payra power plant in Patuakhali.
Dipak Kumar Dhali, secretary of state-run North-West Power Generation Company, and Purnomo Yusgiantoro, chairman of PT Bayan Resources Tbk, inked the deal.
A statement of the power division confirmed that this was the first agreement for coal import. Addressing the program, Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, energy adviser to the prime minister, said the plant was being constructed with technology having carbon emission control system.