Demand cancellation of Payra LNG power plant construction decision

A campaign has been launched in Barisal to demand cancellation of the government’s decision to build Payra 1200 MW LNG (liquefied natural gas) power plant at Patuakhali.

On Tuesday (June 4) at noon, the environmental activists held this program at Barisal Central Shaheed Minar.

The campaign was jointly organized by the Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) and the Bangladesh Working Group on Ecology and Development (BWGED). At that time, the power plant was called a ‘carbon bomb’ and demanded to withdraw from the decision to build it.

The speakers said that the Payra 1200 MW power plant will emit 950 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour when it is commercially commissioned. It will emit 176969.5 tons of carbon dioxide annually if fully operational. And during its lifetime will emit 3893328.81 tons of gas. Fossil fuel power plants have long been a major contributor to carbon emissions. Through this adverse climate change is accelerating. which threatens the health and environment of the global community. Therefore, the speakers demanded immediate withdrawal of the decision to build this power plant to protect the environment.

The government signed an agreement with a foreign company in 2023 to build the Payra LNG terminal to supply gas to the power plant. Petrobangla will supply 0.85 million tonnes (MTPA) of LNG in 2026-2027 and 1 MTPA in 2028-2040 under a 15-year contract with the terminal. These arrangements are very harmful to the environment. Therefore, it is urged to withdraw from this decision immediately.

The executive director of Marjan, Touhidul Islam Shahzada, environmental activists Asif Howladar, Zahidul Islam, Faisal Ahmed Barkat, Mukti Mahmud and others were present on the occasion.

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