64,300 tonnes coal reaches Matarbari Power Plant


Staff Reporter :
A vesselcarrying 64,300 tonnes of coal for the Matarbari Coal-fired Power Plant in Cox’s Bazar docked at the Matarbari deep sea port jetty on Friday.

With this one, five ships with more than 3 lakh mts of coal have arrived in the last two months for this power plant.

The 12.5 meter draft Panama flag-carrying ship carrying coal from Tarahan port in Indonesiaarrived at Matarbari deep sea artificial jetty on Friday noon, informed Alfaz Ahmed, security officer at Matarbari Coal Power Project.

Later, the ship was taken to the coal power plant jetty from the outer anchorage of the port with the help of four tugs, he added.

Regarding the current status of the newly established power plant, Alfaz Ahmed said that the experimental power generation activities with coal are going on at the plant.


Financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the units of the Matarbari power plant have the capacity to generate 1,200 MW of electricity.

The state-owned Coal Power Generation Company Bangladesh Limited is implementing the project worth Tk 51,854.88 crore which was Tk 35,984.46 crore at the initial stage of the project.

The power plant consists of two thermal units based on ultra-supercritical coal-fired technology, with an installed capacity of 600MW each.

It is anticipated that the first unit of the coal-powered plant will start commercial production in January 2024, with the second unit following in July of the same year.