Bangladesh wants Australia’s coal for new power stations

Bangladesh is urging Australia to take advantage of an “enormous opportunity” to export coal and liquefied natural gas to the developing country, which is experiencing surging demand for the fossil fuels.

The country of about 165 million people has a slew of coal-fired power stations coming online over the next five years and will be importing about 45 million tonnes of coal by 2025, worth a predicted $4 billion to $5 billion annually. 

Bangladesh’s demand for coal is surging and Australian industry could benefit.Credit:Rob Homer

“There is enormous opportunity for export of Australian coal and LNG to Bangladesh given Bangladesh’s sustained energy demand,” the Bangladesh high commissioner to Australia, Sufiur Rahman, said on Monday.

“If these are added to the traditional traded items, Bangladesh could emerge as a major trading partner of Australia soon.”


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