Bhola Integrated Power Plant (Bhola IPP) and its Impact on Local Communities: Voices from the Ground: A Civil Society Study Report

Hasan Mehedi & Md. Sajjad Hossain Tuhin | September 2018

Research Summary

Bhola is the only island district of Bangladesh under the administrative division of Barisal in Bangladesh. Mumbai based Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Capital Company Private Limited (SP Infra), a subsidiary of SP Group is constructing a 220/225 MW Gas and Diesel based power plant through its new company Nutan Bidyut Bangladesh Limited (NBBBL) in Kutba area under Burhanuddin Upazila in Bhola. NBBL has received USD 60.00 million from Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and signed another agreement for USD 60.00 million from Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). Bangladesh Working Group on External Debt (BWGED) and CLEAN (Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network) in collaboration with NGO Forum on ADB conducted a study on social and environmental impacts of the power plant along with potential violation of national and international standards.

Mehedi H. and Tuhin S. H. (2018). Bhola Integrated Power Plant (Bhola IPP) and its Impact on Local Communities: Voices from the Ground: A Civil Society Study Report. Retrieved from

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328980276_Bhola_Integrated_Power_Plant_Bhola_IPP_and_its_Impact_on_Local_Communities_Voices_from_the_Ground_A_Civil_Society_Study_Report Accessed on 10 Feb 2021

AIIB Funded Power System Upgrade and Expansion Project Promotes Coal & Other Fossil Fuels

Hasan Mehedi | October 2019

Research Summary

AIIB has invested USD 405.00 million in four energy-related projects in Bangladesh. Power System Upgrade and Expansion Project (PSUEP) in Chattogram zone is one of the stand-alone projects to be implemented by Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB), a state-owned enterprise under Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB). The objective of the project is contrary. It intends to upgrade and expand the power transmission system in Chattogram zone to ensure adequate and reliable power supply. But the reality is 91% people of the zone has already covered under national grid. So, the project is obviously not for the communities in Chattogram. Rather there is a clear link between AIIB financed PSEUP and coal power plants surrounding Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar zone.

Mehedi H. (2019). AIIB Funded Power System Upgrade and Expansion Project Promotes Coal & Other Fossil Fuels Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338702089_AIIB_Funded_Power_System_Upgrade_and_Expansion_Project_Promotes_Coal_Other_Fossil_Fuels Accessed on 10 Feb 2021