Winds of Change
The Bangladesh Power Development Board will build the country’s first wind turbine power plant at Cox’s Bazar. The project will be jointly undertaken by the BPDB and USDKGEL, a joint venture company. Under the agreement, a 60MW capacity turbine will be installed at Cox’s Bazar on a build-own-operate (BOO) basis for a term of 18 years. The electricity will cost 12 US cents per kwh while the estimated cost of the project is around USD 120 million, of which USD 100 million is foreign investment.
Bangladesh has a vast (around 710 km long) windy coast, especially in the Cox’s Bazar, Patuakhali (southern coast), Mongla and Sundarban areas. The wind in these areas is compatible for running turbines to produce wind energy.