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Bangladesh scraps plans for 10 coal-fired power plants

Projects involving China, Japan and others axed due to environmental concerns

DHAKA -- In a major policy shift, Bangladesh has decided to scrap 10 proposed coal-fired power plants due to criticism from environmentalists and problems finding funds, raising concerns over the country's energy mix and relations with foreign investors.

Two of the canceled plants had been backed by Chinese funds, while others had investors from Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. The decision has removed about 8,711 megawatts total in planned power generation.

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