Winds of Change

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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