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Corruption significantly increases the capital cost of power plants in developing contexts

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kumar Biswajit DebnathORCiD


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Emerging economies with rapidly growing population and energy demand, own some of the most expensive power plants in the world. We hypothesized that corruption has a relationship with the capital cost of power plants in developing countries such as Bangladesh. For this study, we analyzed the capital cost of 61 operational and planned power plants in Bangladesh. Initial comparison study revealed that the mean capital cost of a power plant in Bangladesh is twice than that of the global average. Then, the statistical analysis revealed a significant correlation between corruption and the cost of power plants, indicating that higher corruption leads to greater capital cost. The high up-front cost can be a significant burden on the economy, at present and in the future, as most are financed through international loans with extended repayment terms. There is, therefore, an urgent need for the review of the procurement and due diligence process of establishing power plants, and for the implementation of a more transparent system to mitigate adverse effects of corruption on megaprojects.

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Author(s): Debnath KB, Mourshed M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Frontiers in Energy Research

Year: 2018

Volume: 6

Issue: 8

Online publication date: 08/03/2018

Acceptance date: 14/02/2018

ISSN (electronic): 2296-598X

Publisher: Frontiers


DOI: 10.3389/fenrg.2018.00008


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