Deal #7867

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Approximate location
Location
Mymensingh, Bangladesh

Facility name
Sutiakhali 50 MW (AC) Solar Park
Target country
Bangladesh
Location description
The approximate location of the power plant is 7 km South East from Mymensing city centre. The plant is very close to Bangladesh Agricultural University. It is situated on the bank of the river Brahmaputra (old stream).
Comment on location
The Solar power plant has been set mostly on the agricultural land of Vagnamari mouza near Sutiakhali Bazar. The area is situated in Gouripur upazila of Mymensing district and regarded as a outskirts of Mymensing city.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
70.42
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
69
Comment on land area
Most of the land has been purchased by the operating company. Though there were allegations that more than 10 hectares of land has been grabbed by the company. Allegation of not paying the actual price and harassment if asked for money against the company men were also in place. (Source: Daily Janakantha, 6 Nov 2019)

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Renewable Energy (70 ha)
Comment on intention of investment
This is a private solar power plant which planned for generation of 50 Mega watt electricity power. The generated electricity will be added to national grid as per Power Purchase Agreement signed between government authority and the company in 2016.

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Outright Purchase

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2020-03-31] Startup phase (no production)
Comment on implementation status
According to media report (Dhaka Tribune on 31 March 2020), around 85% of the total work of the project has been completed with the installation of barbed wire, solar pillars, and river training

Contract #1

Contract date
2016-10-19
Duration of the agreement (in years)
20
Comment on contract
The power purchase deal signed between Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Singapore based company HDFC SinPower Ltd. The deal had a condition that the power plant will be in operation within 18 months.

Number of total jobs created

Jobs created (total)
Yes
Planned number of jobs (total)
300
Comment on jobs created (total)
According to media report (Daily Ittefaq on 4 Feb 2020) , one of company directors told that hundreds of local workers are working on the site. Local and foreign engineers have also been appointed. However no specific data on exact numbers of Workers and employees are found online.

Number of jobs for foreigners created

Jobs created (foreign)
Yes
Comment on jobs created (foreign)
A media report (Daily Ittefaq on 4 Feb 2020) quoting a director of the operating company describes that foreign engineers are working on the plant but no further specific data has been found.

Number of domestic jobs created

Jobs created (domestic)
Yes
Planned number of jobs (domestic)
300
Comment on jobs created (domestic)
According to media report (Daily Ittefaq on 4 Feb 2020) , one of company directors told that hundreds of local workers are working on the site. They are expecting the power plant will create job opportunity for 300 persons. No further specific data has been found.

Operating company

Operating company
Comment on investment chain
Operating company is HDFC Sinpower Ltd. It is a joint venture between Sinenergy (Holdings) Pte. Ltd. (a subsidiary of SHS Holdings Ltd.), Ditrolic (Solar) Pte. Ltd. and IFDC Solar Power (BD) Ltd.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
BPDB-HDFC SinPower PPA Inked S’pore firm to set up 50MW solar plant in Mymensingh
Date
2016-10-20

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
M’sian firm signs 20-year solar power pact with Bangladeshi authority
Date
2016-11-02

Data source #3

Data source type
Company sources

Data source #4

Data source type
Government sources
Publication title
নবায়নযোগ্য জ্বালানি প্রকল্প
Comment on data source
This is a list of ongoing and upcoming projects in Bangladesh. It has been published by the government authority on renewable energy.

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
Bangladesh govt moves to terminate contracts of 3 solar park projects
Date
2018-06-01

Data source #6

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
SHS Holdings warns of possible default on Bangladesh solar plant project on financing woes
Date
2019-02-20

Data source #7

Data source type
Company sources
Publication title
UPDATE ON SOLAR POWER PLANT BY HDFC SINPOWER LIMITED
Date
2019-09-22

Data source #8

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
ফসলি জমিতে সোলার প্লান্ট, মামলা দিয়ে কৃষকদের হয়রানি করা হচ্ছে
Date
2019-11-06
Comment on data source
This is an investigative report which indicated that agricultural lands were being used for solar power plant. It also described the individuals' as well as public representatives' comments that the company and its agents were harassing the land owners and involved in grabbing of their land.

Data source #9

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
ময়মনসিংহে দেশের সর্ববৃহৎ সৌর বিদ্যুৎ প্রকল্পের ৮৫ ভাগ কাজ সমাপ্ত
Date
2020-02-09
Comment on data source
The report is on the development of the solar plant installation. It also contains statement of the company director about the employment expected and current workforce.

Data source #10

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
Power from Mymensingh solar plant to national grid soon
Date
2020-03-31
Comment on data source
The report is on the progress of the plant installation.

Presence of land conflicts

Presence of land conflicts
Yes
Comment on presence of land conflicts
A media report described that allegations made by almost 50 land owners that their land has grabbed (media source: daily Janakantha, 6 November, 2019). This media report also described huge agricultural land has been converted. Quoting couple of public representatives it also described there were allegations of land grabbing and harassment that affected almost 50 families, even standing crop lands were grabbed by the operating company men. One land owner claimed that 3 false allegations (e.g. criminal charge of extortion) were filed against him, he even in jail custody for 29 days while defending one allegation .

Negative impacts for local communities

Negative impacts for local communities
Socio-economic
Comment on negative impacts for local communities
A media report described that allegations made by almost 50 land owners that their land has grabbed (media source: daily Janakantha, 6 November, 2019). This media report also described huge agricultural land has been converted. Quoting couple of public representatives it also described there were allegations of land grabbing that affected almost 50 families, even standing crop lands were grabbed by the operating company men.

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Other
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
Employment of 300 persons (not written/formal)

Materialized benefits for local communities

Comment on materialized benefits for local communities
According to an interview statement came out in media report (Ittefaq on 9 Feb 2020) made by one of the company directors, the plant was expecting 300 employment for the locales. His statement also described hundreds of local workers were involved in the installation process.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State
Private (smallholders)
Comment on former land owner
The land was owned mostly by individuals. Only 6 hectares of land were khas (state) land, however ownership dispute were there in the said 6 ha of khas land.

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland
Comment on former land cover
A media report described the plant were being built on agricultural land. (Media source: Daily Janakantha on 6 Nov 2019)

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