The government has identified Moheshkhali island in the Bay of Bengal as an energy hub by implementing there power plants and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal to boost the country’s overall economy.
It has also a plan to build a deep sea port near Moheshkhali at Sonadia island in the Bay.
While visiting the island, State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MPEMR) Nasrul Hamid said `We are eyeing to have a master plan to utilise the potential of Moheshkhali island by building a number of power plant projects, LNG terminal and deep sea port.” A number of countries and multinational firms have already shown interest to invest in projects to be implemented near Moheshkhali island, he said.
The Power Division under the MPEMR is eyeing to build several coal-fired power plants to generate around 10,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity at Moheshkhali after dividing it into several blocks, Power Secretary Monowar Islam said.
Initially Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) intends to build 6,000 MW capacity ultra super critical coal-fired power plant at Moheshkhali island, a BPDB official said.
It is also eyeing to build 3,000 MW capacity LNG-based combined cycle power plant at Moheshkhali in different phases.
Some 5,000 acres of land are in the process of acquisition to implement these power plant projects.
Currently, nearly 100,000 people reside at Moheshkhali and adjacent islands and many of them are labourers and work at nearby salt farms. Some also work in prawn fields.