Deal #7861

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Matarbari, Bangladesh

Facility name
Matarbari 600 X 2 MW Ultra Super Critical Coal-Fired Power Plant
Target country
Location description
The power plant is located in Matarbari and Dhalghata union of Maheshkhali upazila of Cox's Bazar District which is adjacent to Bay of Bengal. .
Comment on location
The plant site was used mostly as salt and shrimp farm.

Land area

Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2014-08-14] 731.67

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Comment on intention of investment
Coal fired power generation

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Outright Purchase
Comment on nature of the deal
Land has been acquired by government and allocated to the government owned company

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2014-08-14] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
According to the company (CPGCBL) website the land acquisition completed on 14 August 2014

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2017-08-22] Startup phase (no production)
Comment on implementation status
According to the company (CPGCBL) website the construction works started on 22 August 2017. Another source ( mentions the date regarding start of construction as January 28, 2018

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Data source #1

Data source type
Company sources
Publication title
বর্তমান প্রকল্প
Comment on data source
This is the ongoing project information page of CPBCBL, the state owned company that owns the plant.

Data source #2

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
Comment on data source
The fact sheet has been developed by Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES)

Data source #3

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
Publication title
English Short Report of TIB’s research on Matarbari and Rampal thermal power projects
Comment on data source
The original research paper is in Bengali.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
Private (smallholders)

Former land use

Former land use
Commercial (large-scale) agriculture
Smallholder agriculture
Comment on former land use
Salt and shrimp cultivation mostly

Former land cover

Former land cover
Other land (e.g. developed land – specify in comment field)
Comment on former land cover
The land use of the project site is categorized in “Salt-Shrimp Area”, according to the land use map of Maheshkhali Upazila, Cox’s Bazar District.

May 29, 2020, 5:06 a.m.


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  • May 1, 2020, 8:21 a.m. by A K M Bulbul Ahmed | Reply

    For compensation of the former land owners there were severe cases of corruption (according to Transparency International Bangladesh's research report). Through collusion of administration officials and local influential, compensations for shrimp projects were overestimated, although not all the shrimp fields cultivate shrimp. A total of 10 shrimp fields existed in Matarbari, but showing 25 shrimp fields, 114 fraud owners of those fields misappropriated compensation of approximately Tk 23 crore. Most of the compensated persons were not actual leasers of shrimp fields. In Matarbari, a vested quarter withdrew Tk 8 crore against an abandoned salt factory. Out of more than 3681 applications for compensations relating to Matarbari plant, only 492 people have been compensated.

  • May 1, 2020, 8:53 a.m. by A K M Bulbul Ahmed | Reply

    The link of the press release is :

  • May 1, 2020, 9 a.m. by A K M Bulbul Ahmed | Reply

    The environmental impact assessment report's link is:

  • May 13, 2020, 9:53 p.m. by A K M Bulbul Ahmed | Reply

    The facility name should be corrected. The right name is Matarbari 2 X 600 MW Ultra Super Critical Coal-Fired Power Plant. (not 600 X 2 MW)

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