Bangladesh has implemented a 1,320MW coal-fired thermal power plant at Payra in Patuakhali district. The plant is particularly special from two aspects. It is the first such mega project in the country that could be implemented 18 months ahead of schedule while experts acclaimed the rehabilitation and technology transfer mechanism of the project. Another aspect is that the plant used Ultra Super Critical Technology, meant for mitigating the adverse impact of the notoriously dirty fuel on the environment as much as possible. The plant is claimed to be the most modern state-of-the-art establishment. Officials claimed that there is hardly any impact on the environment in and around the project site so far. State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid thought it could be projected as a demonstration plant. Even the critics of the country’s energy policies and development initiatives appreciated the project implementation.
The plant has set an example of timely implementation of a mega project in Bangladesh. The strategies and approaches taken in this case could be examined carefully and followed in other ongoing and upcoming mega projects, which is expected to help save time and money.