Study: Chittagong on edge of greatest carbon calamity

The Chittagong area has 17 power plants, generally founded on petroleum derivative

Chittagong division is very nearly turning into the center point of a gigantic blast of petroleum derivative outflows as an outcome of the public authority’s arrangement to introduce the most extreme number of non-renewable energy source based power plants in the area.

Out and out 20GW worth of force plant projects have been proposed all around the area, which could discharge almost 1.38 billion tons of carbon dioxide up high in a whole life expectancy, says a report by the Australia-based statistical surveying firm Market Force.

The report, “A carbon fiasco really taking shape: The grimy energy plans in Chattogram”, was delivered at a joint question and answer session by Market Force, Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) and Waterkeepers Bangladesh on Monday.

Sharmen Murshid, leader overseer of Brotee, led the occasion.

Going by the plans of the public authority, the area right now has 17 power plants, which is 66% of the country’s whole proposed power plant projects.

These are Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)- based projects, with the exception of Matarbari-1 and 2, which is a coal-based power plant. The review has likewise projected that the two power plants at Matarbari in Moheshkhali under Cox’s Bazar will make 6,700 unexpected losses due air contamination.

“I have never seen such a monstrous degree of petroleum product based power plant establishment projects in a solitary district to date. It’s holding on to be the greatest carbon fiasco later on,” said Julian Vincent, leader overseer of Market Forces, while introducing the examination discoveries.

Vincent said that LNG was a “cost unpredictable item” and Bangladesh was at that point purchasing LNG for a dramatically extreme price. The expense would increment further because of the Russia-Ukraine war.

As per the report, the proposed plans with respect to the LNG-based plants will cost $960 million to deliver one gigawatt of power by 2030, and for the Chittagong area, the expense will go up to around $16 bn.

These power plants are being financed by Japan, the United States and a few different countries. Throughout the long term, Japan plays had a significant impact in the country’s extension to drive plants in light of petroleum derivative sources.

Censuring the job of Japan, Bapa General Secretary Sharif Jamil said: “Japan has been our greatest advancement accomplice since freedom and a genuine companion. Be that as it may, when the entire world is withdrawing from petroleum derivative burning, particularly coal-terminated power plants, Japan is diverting more assets into filthy energy. It’s time Japan went about as a genuine companion to Bangladesh and subsidized environmentally friendly power projects.”

He additionally requested that the public authority reevaluate the nation’s Power System Action Plan since 48% of the absolute delivered power stayed excess.
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Dr Khandaker Golam Moazzem, head of exploration at the Center for Policy Dialog (CPD), said the power plants would become perhaps the greatest concern for the public authority in gathering appropriation costs in the power area.

“In the following financial year, the public authority should sponsor around Tk27,000 crore only for not having the option to use the power which is being delivered.

“The issue of overcapacity has turned into a question of grave concern which will prompt financial flimsiness in the country. The specialists should have the vision and altruism to move towards sustainable power,” said Dr Moazzem.