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China-Bangladesh JVC to set up 200MW solar power plant

Proposal to be placed before cabinet meeting today
DEEPAK ACHARJEE, Dhaka

After six years of forming a joint venture company with a China’s state-owned firm, the government is going to form another Joint Venture Company (JVC) with the same country to set up 200MW solar power plant.

For setting up the JVC named Bangladesh-China Power Company (Pvt) Limited (Renewable), the power division has prepared a draft proposal in this regard and it is likely to be placed on the cabinet meeting today, the sources in the power division said.

The Power Division, in it’s proposal, will also seek cabinet approval of the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA), Memorandum of Association (MA) and Articles of Associations (AA) of the proposed Bangladesh-China Power Company (Pvt.) Limited (Renewable), the sources added.

Talking to The Independent, State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said a joint venture company will be formed with the China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) to set up 200 megawatts (MW) solar power plant at Sirajganj.

“We will be able to produce solar energy after  forming the joint venture company with CMC, a state-owned international engineering contractor of Chinese government,” he said.

Earlier, North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL) of Bangladesh and China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC), a Chinese state-owned company, had formed a joint venture company named Bangladesh-China Power Company (Pvt) Limited in 2014, to set up Payra 1320 MW Thermal Power Plant by using eco-friendly Ultra Supercritical Technology (UST).

At present, coal-fired Payra power plant in Patuakhali has already began test production of 100MW electricity.

The North-West Power Generation Company Limited has developed another strategic alliance with Sembcorp Utilities Pte Ltd, Singapore and formed another Joint Venter Company– Sembcorp North-West Power Company Limited, which was registered with Joint Stock Companies and Firms, Bangladesh in 2016.

This company has been implementing Sirajganj 400 MW combined cycle power plant project at Sirajganj.

The NWPGCL has a plan to develop the largest LNG-based power plant of the country having capacity of 3600 MW including LNG re-gasification terminal and gas pipelines in joint venture with Siemens AG, Germany at Payra in Patuakhali.

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Unfortunately for Bangladesh, the Rampal power station being built by India uses outdated technology.

These definitions regarding steam generation were found in a report on coal production in China investigated by the Center for American Progress.

Subcritical – up to 705 °F (374 °C) and 3,208 psi (221.2 bar) (the critical point of water)
Supercritical – up to the 1,000–1,050 °F (538–566 °C); turbine speed increases dramatically, requires advanced materials
Ultra-supercritical – up to 1,400 °F (760 °C) and pressure levels of 5,000 psi (340 bar) (additional innovations, not specified, would allow even more efficiency) India's first USC coal plant commissioned Sep 2019 runs at 600 °C and pressure of 270 kg/cm2 (264.8 bar) and 41.5% generation efficiency or 3.3% more than existing conventional fleet.

The above concerns are further compounded by the proposed technological and risk management plans. The plant at Rampal is set to use outdated supercritical (SC) technology, which skips the water-boiling phase of conventional coal-fired generation but has since been superseded by the more modern and efficient “ultra-supercritical” (USC). Contrary to the claims of the Bangladeshi government, this is bound to produce high levels of carbon dioxide and waste-water discharges. It is also likely that Rampal will in fact be run using poor quality coal imported from India, which spits out lots of ash without creating much energy.

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2 hours ago, Aparajita Banerjee said:

Unfortunately for Bangladesh, the Rampal power station being built by India uses outdated technology.

These definitions regarding steam generation were found in a report on coal production in China investigated by the Center for American Progress.

Subcritical – up to 705 °F (374 °C) and 3,208 psi (221.2 bar) (the critical point of water)
Supercritical – up to the 1,000–1,050 °F (538–566 °C); turbine speed increases dramatically, requires advanced materials
Ultra-supercritical – up to 1,400 °F (760 °C) and pressure levels of 5,000 psi (340 bar) (additional innovations, not specified, would allow even more efficiency) India's first USC coal plant commissioned Sep 2019 runs at 600 °C and pressure of 270 kg/cm2 (264.8 bar) and 41.5% generation efficiency or 3.3% more than existing conventional fleet.

The above concerns are further compounded by the proposed technological and risk management plans. The plant at Rampal is set to use outdated supercritical (SC) technology, which skips the water-boiling phase of conventional coal-fired generation but has since been superseded by the more modern and efficient “ultra-supercritical” (USC). Contrary to the claims of the Bangladeshi government, this is bound to produce high levels of carbon dioxide and waste-water discharges. It is also likely that Rampal will in fact be run using poor quality coal imported from India, which spits out lots of ash without creating much energy.

What's new ? It's almost predictable now.

India is trying it's level best to try and stun Bangladesh's growth. This time they're trying to destroy the biodiversity of Bangladesh by building a powerplant right next to Sunderbans and as you have pointed out an outdated powerplant.

That is some "husband-wife" relationship we have with them.

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