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Patuakhali-Payra power plant starts transmission
The government has started power supply of 45.6-kilometer long 230kV Patuakhali-Payra transmission line last week. The transmission line will facilitate the electricity evacuation from 1320MW Payara coal-fired power plants and some other mega power plants in Barishal and Khulna regions to the national grid.
UMPL to implement 584MW combined cycle power plant
July 29, 2019 Monday 10:36 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
A consortium of three local and foreign companies signed deals with the government entities on July 24 to implement the country`s biggest 584 megawatt (MW) combined cycle power plant at Meghnaghat of Narayanganj. The consortium, named Unique Meghnaghat Power Ltd (UMPL), will build the power plant within 36 months. The plant will run either on locally produced natural gas or by re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) to generate electricity. The UMPL, the consortium of Unique Hotel & Resorts Ltd., Strategic Finance Ltd. and US company GE Capital Global Energy Investment BV, inked the deals at a function at Bidyut Bhaban in the city. Some US$ 520 million will be required to implement the power plant project, which is expected to provide electricity by July 2022. Unique Hotel and Resorts Ltd has 64.98 per cent stake in the power plant project, while the GE has 30 per cent and Strategic Finance has 4.95 per cent stakes. State-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) will purchase electricity from the power plant at a levelised tariff rate-around US cents 3.69 per unit (1 kilowatt-hour) or Tk 2.95 per unit, if it is run by locally produced gas. The tariff would be US cents 6.80 per unit (1 kilowatt-hour) or Tk 5.44 per unit, if it is run by RLNG. State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MPEMR) Nasrul Hamid was the chief guest at the function, while US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller, Principal Coordinator of SDG affairs at the Prime Minister`s Office Abul Kalam Azad, Power Secretary Ahmad Kaikaus, and Petrobangla Chairman Ruhul Amin were the special guests. National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan also spoke. The event was chaired by the BPDB Chairman Khaled Mahmood. UMPL Chairman Mohammad Noor Ali was also present.  
Category: Power
Govt to conduct survey to supply LNG in Payra
June 30, 2019 Sunday 9:29 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL) plans to conduct a detail feasibility study for supplying Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to the proposed 3600MW combined cycle power plant at Payra.    The government is planning to choose an alternative route to supply fuel to the proposed 3,600 megawatt (MW) Payra power plant due to poor drafting at the Payra port. The NWPGCL has recently sought permission to conduct the feasibility study from power division in this regard. “We need to shift the imported LNG to shuttle the Floating Storage and Re-gasified Unit (FSRU) at Matarbari to feed the 3600MW combined cycle power plant as it’s impossible to supply the LNG directly at Payra due to poor drafting,” said the official letter signed by NWPGCL Managing Director AM Khorshedul Alam.  He said the company will require detail feasibility study in this regard.           The state-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd and German based Siemens are jointly implementing the LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) based power plant at Payra in Patuakhali. A Singapore based surveyor firm Worley Parsons, assigned by the North-West Power Generation Company Ltd, has already conducted a feasibility study on LNG supply to the proposed Payra power plant.  The firm suggested for using the Matarbari ‘sheltered area’ for unloading LNG for the proposed the power plant at Payra. The joint venture is now negotiating to import LNG from BP Singapore Pte Ltd (BP), sources confirmed. As per the feasibility study, the firm recommended for construction of an offshore shuttle floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) which will supply re-gasified LNG through onshore pipeline. But, the Shuttle FSRU will be at sheltered areas considering the sea condition, it suggested. “It’s impossible to unload LNG from the mother vehicle at Payra port due to poor drafting…So, the LNG supply might be continued from mother vehicles to small vehicles unless conducting extensive dredging at Payra port,” it suggested.    The joint venture plans to generate 1200MW of electricity from the proposed plant in December 2022 and another 2400MW in December 2023.  State-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd’s  AM Khurshadul Alam requested the ministry concerned to allocate about 150 acres of land in favour of 3600MW LNG based joint venture power plant near 1200MW Matarbari power plant so that supply of the proposed LNG plant at Payra becomes hassle free.            Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC), however, seeks about 1000 acres of land at Moheskhali in Cox’s Bazar for setting up a refinery and a large scale plant for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). At present, the Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner’s office is conducting a feasibility study for Moheskhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development Initiative with the support of JICA.  As per the initiative, two separate power hubs will be developed at Moheskhali and Matarbari. The government has already signed deals to construct 10 power plants having combined capacity of about 12,000MW between 2025 and 2038 at Moheskhali. Besides, seven more power plants having combined capacity to generate around 6200MW will be set up between 2024 and 2033 at Matarbari.
Category: Power
Power sector needs 1,000 engineers in next 5yrs: Nasrul
June 30, 2019 Sunday 9:18 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid speaks at the concluding session of a fair titled “NRB Jobs Presents National Career Fair-2019” as the chief guest at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city on Saturday. BRAC University organised the fair. State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid has said that Bangladesh`s power sector will require some 1,000 engineers in the next five years. The expansion of the energy sector will create big job opportunities, he said at the concluding session of the two-day Brac University National Career Fair-2019 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city on Friday. With Brac University Vice-Chancellor Vincent Chang in the chair, the function was also addressed by secretary of the youth and sports ministry Dr Zafar Uddin, country director of Augmedix Rashed Noman, and senior director of Brac Institute of Languages Syed Sarwat Abed. Urging the youths not to be frustrated with the job market, the junior minister said the young people should keep confidence in themselves. "You`ll get good jobs if you can build yourselves up keeping confidence in your own uniqueness," he told the youths. He said the young people should be thinking of becoming job providers instead of job seekers. Nasrul Hamid said the government has been promoting youths to become entrepreneurs by providing different kinds of incentives. He mentioned that Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council is providing maximum Tk 2 crore to each of the projects submitted by young researchers.
Category: Power
Tk 11,000cr deal inked for Matarbari power project
June 30, 2019 Sunday 8:34 PM By BSS
Japan will provide Bangladesh with Taka 11,000 crore for the Matarbari Ultra Super Critical Coal-Fired Power Project at Moheshkhali in Cox’s Bazaar. The two countries signed Exchange of Notes and loan agreement to this end at a ceremony at the Economic Relations Division (ERD) on Sunday. ERD Secretary Monowar Ahmed penned the Exchange of Notes with Japan Ambassador to Bangladesh Hiroyasu Izmi and loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative Hitoshi Hirata. The objective of the project is to meet the growing demand of electricity and to ensure stable power supply by installing a 1200 MW (600MW X 2 unit) Ultra Super Critical Coal-Fired Power Plant. The Coal Power Generation Company Bangladesh Limited (CPGCBL) will implement the project. The Matarbari coal-based thermal power plant project, involving Taka 35,984 crore is one of the largest projects in the country. Of the project cost, JICA would give Taka 28,939 crore and the government Taka 4,926 crore, while the remaining Taka 2,118 crore would come from the organization’s own fund. JICA would give the credit under the 40th official development assistance (ODA) loan package. The annual interest rate for this loan is 0.9 percent for the construction of the project, 0.01 percent for consultancy services and front fee is 0.2 percent. Loan repayment period is 30 years, with 10 years of grace period. Monowar Ahmed said JICA is giving the loans for the projects in phases. Agreements have already been signed under 35th, 37th, 38th and 39th loan packages. Besides, separate loan agreements were signed for two more projects. Of them, a loan agreement of Taka 93.55 crore was signed for “The Project for the Densification of Global Navigation Satellite Continuously Operating Reference Station Network and the Modernization of Tidal Stations in Bangladesh”. Through this project, survey and mapping work will be done in the country. The project will be implemented during the period from January 2019 to December 2020. Besides, a Taka 84.54 crore loan agreement was signed for the “Human Resource Development Scholarship” project.  The project began in 2001 and will continue till 2020. Under the project, BCS cadres and first class officers of Bangladesh Bank will be given scholarships for Masters Degree in various Japanese universities.  
Category: Power
First-ever prepaid metre-manufacturing plant goes into production next month
June 29, 2019 Saturday 10:47 AM By UNB
Country’s first-ever electric prepaid metre-manufacturing plant here goes into production in the second week of July. The plant is aimed at fulfilling the huge demand for prepaid metres and thus save foreign currency. The authorities concerned have completed the necessary preparations for starting the production in the plant, said Abdul Motaleb, secretary of West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDCL). Official sources said the state-owned WZPDCL and Hexing Electrical Company Ltd of China formed a joint venture company, ‘Bangladesh Smart Electrical Company Ltd’, with the Bangladeshi firm having 51 percent stake while the remaining 49 percent going to the Chinese company. A joint venture contract was signed between the two companies to produce prepaid metres. On September 2, 2018, the company got the approval from the government involving Tk 28 crore. At first, the company will start its operation at Mohammadnagar in Khulna city while the WZPDCL will set up its permanent factory at Sheikhpara in the city. The WZPDCL is providing services to 11,53,849 customers in 21 south-western districts and 20 upazila headquarters. As part of WZPDCL’s decision to bring its all customers under prepaid metre service, they have set a target to provide power services under prepaid metres to 14.68 lakh customers. Already, a total of 1,54,864 prepaid metres have been installed while the rest 13,13,136 will be installed by 2023. To implement the Sustainable Development Project of the government, the government has taken a plan to replace 75 lakh electromechanical or digital energy metres with prepaid metres across the country. As per the plan, the authorities concerned have set a target to install a total of 2,87,00,000 prepaid metres in 2020-2021 fiscal year and some 16,07,584 have been installed under the project. The remaing ones will be installed in phases. Currently, the government has to import prepaid metres from abroad. Once the plant goes into operation, it will help save huge amount of foreign currency.  Abdul Motaleb, secretary of the WZPDCL, said the prepaid metres to be manufactured at the plant will be sold to customers at reasonable prices in addition to export. He said a section of people is involved in spreading propaganda against the prepaid metres and making people confused over its use. Engineer Md Shafik Uddin, managing director of WZPDCL, said the prepaid metres to be manufactured in the plant will be easily available.
Category: Power
Efforts continue to ensure uninterrupted power supply: Nasrul
March 10, 2019 Sunday 10:02 PM By BSS
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Sunday said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working restlessly to ensure smooth supply of electricity in affordable price for all the people of the country. “There is nothing to worry about it, we are working on it. It will take time for supplying uninterrupted power to all. Countries like Korea had taken 30 years for ensuring uninterrupted supply to its countrymen,” he said while addressing a dialogue as the chief guest at a city hotel. Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) organised the dialogue titled ‘Power and Energy Sector: Immediate Issues and Challenges’, with its Chairman Professor Rehman Sobhan in the chair. The dialogue was also addressed, among others, Dr M Tamim, Pro-Vice Chancellor of BRAC University; Professor Badrul Imam, Professor of Department of Geology, Dhaka University; and Professor Dr M Shamsul Alam, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Daffodil International University spoke as panelists at the event. The experts, at the discussion, put their recommendations for the development of the power and energy sectors in the days to come. The state minister said price of electricity in Bangladesh is the lowest level among developing countries, adding, “It is very difficult to work in particular sector such as power, as many people give different advices which sometimes create confusion.” He said the information provided by the CDP at today’s event should be updated as they gave old information. Regarding corruption in the sector, he said corruption is reducing and the system loss has brought down to a single digit, which was 44 percent during the BNP-Jamaat alliance. “System loss in Chattagram and DESCO is now at seven percent, which is visible in developed countries,” the state minister said. Research Director of CPD Khandker Golam Moazzem presented the keynote paper at the event. He said one of the main achievements of the present government is power and energy sector as it has been able to meet the shortfall in power by generating sufficient electricity.
Category: Power
ECNEC approves Tk 3,322cr Boropukuria-Kaliakoir 400kV line project
February 28, 2019 Thursday 12:28 PM By BSS
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved on Wednesday a big project to set up double-circuit 400 kV transmission lines to extend the high voltage power transmission infrastructures in the northern part of the country at a cost of Taka 3,322.34 crore to import power from India, Bhutan and Nepal in future. The approval came from the ECNEC meeting held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area with ECNEC chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that a total of 13 projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 12,459.79 crore. “Of the total project cost, Taka 9,481.77 crore will come from the GoB portion, Taka 154.45 crore will come from the organization’s own fund while the rest Taka 2,823.58 crore from project assistance,” he added. Of the approved 13 projects, 10 are new while three others are revised projects. The Planning Minister said once the transmission line project is implemented, it will be possible to import power from Indian 1600 MW Power plant to be set up by Adanai Group at Jharkhand. The imported power will be later transmitted to Sylhet, Chattogram and other parts of the country from Kaliakoir. Mannan said that the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) under the Power Division will implement the project by June, 2022. Of the total project cost, Taka 1,424.26 crore will come from the GoB portion, Taka 153.44 crore from the organization’s own fund while the rest of Taka 1744.62 crore as project assistance under the Indian $2 billion Line of Credit. The main project objectives include setting up the transmission line for evacuating power from the proposed 2 x 800 MW power plant to be set up at Jharkhand in India by Adani Group. The main project operations include erection of 120 kilometer 400 KV double-circuit transmission line from Boropukuria to Bogura, erection of 140 kilometer 400 KV double-circuit transmission line from Bogura to Kaliakoir, extension of two 400 KV AIS bay at the 400/230 KV power substation at Kaliakoir, and extension of two 230 KV AIS bay at Parbotipur 230 KV switching station. Once the project is completed, it will also be possible to import power from Nepal and Bhutan through this transmission line in future.
Category: Power
ECNEC approves 2 power distribution projects
January 30, 2019 Wednesday 3:55 PM By BSS
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) at a meeting on Tuesday approved two similar projects to extend power distribution lines in Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions to give some 4.15 lakh new power connections involving Taka 2,215.17 crore. ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting held in the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area. Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that a total of nine projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 16,433.27 crore. “Of the total project cost, Taka 13,620.27 crore will come from the GoB portion, Taka 285.61 crore from the organization’s own fund while the rest of Taka 2,527.39 crore from project assistance,” he said. Of the approved nine projects, five schemes are new while four others are revised ones. The prime minister also stressed the need for developing an integrated communication system across the country comprising the roads, railways and waterways. Mannan said the ECNEC meeting praised highly the PDB and the REB for their works over the years to widen the coverage of electricity across the country. The Planning Minister said both the power distribution line projects aim at ensuring cent percent electrification by 2021 in the project areas, strengthening and improving further the power distribution system to provide uninterrupted power supply for every user by 2030, improving the socio-economic conditions of people in the project areas and providing improved client services. The Rangpur division power distributions line and substations extension and rehabilitation project will be implemented by the Northern Electric Supply Company (NESCO) Limited under the Power Division with an estimated cost of Taka 1,123.85 crore. The project is scheduled to be implemented by June, 2022. The project will be implemented at 21 city corporation, pourasabha and upazila areas under eight districts of Rangpur division. The project will also increase the capacity by 220 MVA and some 1.80 lakh new power connections will be provided. The main project operations include erection of some 3,192 kilometer new power connections, renovation of the existing 1,739 kilometer old lines, standard up-gradation and rehabilitation of some 10 33/11 KV sub-stations, installation of 4,326 distribution transformers and some 368 11KV capacitor banks. The Rajshahi Division distribution line and substation extension and rehabilitation project will be implemented also by the Northern Electricity Supply Company (NESCO) Limited under the Power Division with an estimated cost of Taka 1,091.32 crore. The project is scheduled to be completed by June, 2022. This project will also increase the capacity by 470 MVA and some 2.35 lakh new power connections will be provided. The main project operations include installation of some 3 new 33/11 KV power sub-stations, standard up-gradation and rehabilitation of some 20 33/11 KV sub-stations, erection of some 2,042.5 kilometer new lines, rehabilitation of some 1,411 kilometer dilapidated lines, installation of some 3,851 distribution transformers, installation of 25 circuit breakers as well as installation of 311 capacitor banks.    
Category: Power
150MW power to add in northern region
January 23, 2019 Wednesday 10:52 AM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
State-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) signed a deal with the Dongfang Electric International Corporation (DEC) of China on Tuesday to construct a 150-megawatt (MW) power plant at Saidpur in Nilphamari. Through signing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract between BPDB and Chinese company, 150 MW electricity will be added to the country’s northern region by June 2021. “The proposed power plant would be set up at Saidpur and it would start supplying electricity from 2021 June,” Chairman of BPDB Engineer Khaled Mahmood said. According to the deal, BPDB Secretary Mina Masud Uzzaman and Deputy Manager of Dongsang Electric International Corporation Ou Yanjiang signed the contract on behalf of their respective sides at Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka. The plant will be built on 18 acres of land in Syedpur under Nilphamari district within 540 days by June 2021. It will be run with diesel, to be imported from India through a 130-km (kilometre) cross-country pipeline. The total cost to build the power plant has been estimated at around Tk 10 billion, of which the government will provide around Tk 3.02 billion. Besides, the BPDB will provide around Tk 2.15 billion from its own coffer, and the remaining Tk 4.83 billion will be project loan. The power plant will be built under the buyer`s credit, and the Bank of China will provide 85 per cent of the EPC cost worth US$ 68.49 million. Prime Minister’s Energy Affairs Advisor Dr Towfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury witnessed the signing ceremony as the chief guest and said the government signed the contract with Chinese company due to reasonable price. “We often go for open tender so that we can verify market price. The government developed the power sector tremendously. That’s why Awami League got reelected easily,” he said. Addressing the function as the special guest State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the proposed power plant will supply uninterrupted electricity to the northern region. He opined that diesel transportation from India`s Numaligarh refinery through the proposed pipeline to run the power plant will be risk-free and cost-effective. The state-run Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) usually imports diesel and furnace oil from international market through different suppliers to run the country`s power plants. The BPC and the Indian state-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), the owner of Numaligarh refinery, are currently working together to build the cross-country pipeline to supply the fuel. Chaired by BPDB Chairman Engineer Khaled Mahmood, the signing ceremony was also addressed by Power Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus.      
Category: Power
Govt to spend Tk 2,000cr to ensure non-stop power supply to Dhaka, N’ganj
January 19, 2019 Saturday 6:27 PM By UNB
A move is underway to implement a Tk 2,000 crore project to ensure uninterrupted power supply to Dhaka’s central and south-west zones and major parts of Narayanganj within the next three years. According to official sources, Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC) has undertaken the project to implement it during the 2019-2022 period as part of its development programme. “Once the project is implemented, the DPDC will be able to build a power distribution system to ensure non-stop electricity supply to consumers living in major parts of the two cities,” DPDC Executive Director Ramiz Uddin told UNB. He said the project got the approval of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on November 7 last year, which was its last meeting under the previous government. Of the total cost, the government will finance Tk 1,882 crore while the DPDC will provide Tk 78 crore from its own funds to implement the project. “Now we’re preparing tender documents to float the tender to award contract for the job,” he added saying it may take one month or two to complete the tender invitation process. Power Division officials said the new project was undertaken as part of the government’s current target to improve power distribution and transmission system after its success in power generation. They said although the country’s power generation reached a benchmark of over 11,000 MW through its installed generation capacity of 18,000 MW but uninterrupted power supply in the capital city and elsewhere in the country is yet to be ensured due to poor distribution and transmission network. “As a result, many areas face power outage despite surplus power generation,” said a senior official at the Power Division.        Officials said DPDC mainly operates power distribution systems in Dhaka’s central and south-west parts and major parts of Narayanganj city, and the project will be implemented in the two cities. Officials said the project will facilitate the uninterrupted power supply until 2030 and another new project will be required to continue such facility. Under the project framework, a good number of old substations, each having 33/11 kV capacity, will be replaced with new ones while 165 km of new source lines will be built and 33,157 electric poles will be installed, 1,642 km of overhead lines will be renovated. Installation of 361 km 11 kV underground distribution lines and 2,575 transformers have been included in the project, according to the official sources.   DPDC now distributes about 1,531 MW of electricity among its 1.178 million consumers and the electricity consumption in its command area has been witnessing about 12 percent growth a year.
Category: Power
GCM and POWERCHINA inks $4bn power deal
January 17, 2019 Thursday 9:40 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
GCM Resources plc and Chinese state owned enterprise POWERCHINA  signed a joint venture agreement and EPC contract for the proposed development of 2,000MW of mine mouth coal fired power plants with an approximate investment of $4bn in Dinajpur District, North-West Bangladesh. The agreement and contract were signed in a ceremony organised at the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel Dhaka, said a press release. The documents were signed by Md Badruzzaman and Md. Firoz Zaman on behalf of GCM and Xiong Li Xin and Pan Deng Yu on behalf of POWERCHINA. Executive Chairman of GCM Datuk Michael Tang PJN, Managing Director of DIPON Group Engr. Rashed Mahmud, Managing Director of Mutual Trust Bank Anis Khan, Chairman, PowerChina International Ding Zheng Guo, Chairman of Chinese Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh Lin Wei Qiang and Vice President of  PowerChina Eurasia Xu Jiang Long were witnesses. The proposed project, which is part of a broader strategy by GCM to generate 6,000MW of low cost electricity for the Bangladesh market utilising domestic coal, providing an estimated US$12.5 billion in foreign direct investment, at no capital cost to the government and is in line with the government’s energy development master plan and election manifesto of current party in power, being to pursue the logical use of the country’s coal resources. The power plant utilising ultra supercritical technology with its high-energy efficiency enables maximum power to be generated from the coal, provides lower levels of emissions and delivers the lowest cost of power. The project would deliver a sustainable power solution for the development and progress of Bangladesh and would have a substantial multiplier effect on the country’s economic and social advancement. This includes thousands of new jobs, new industries, more business and direct positive impact on the development of Rangpur Division. The proposal is for the power plants to be powered by coal from a proposed adjoining open pit mine where the power plants will be located.  Technical studies for both the power plants and mine have been completed and are favorable.  Mine mouth power in the coal rich but industrially underdeveloped northern Bangladesh can bring significant regional and national benefits. It can potentially provide the cheapest electricity in the country avoiding the need for long haul transportation and handling of coal as required by other planned coal power plants in Bangladesh which are mostly relying on imported coal.  Datuk Michael Tang PJN, Executive Chairman of GCM, said “The JV agreement and EPC contract are key milestones for the development of the 2nd proposed 2,000MW power plant project at the mine site and aligns with GCM’s strategy to present a holistic power solution to the government of Bangladesh which can generate 6,000MW at the lowest cost for the country.  The Phulbari Coal and power project will deliver a significant multiplier effect on the nation’s advancement.”    Ding Zheng Guo, Chairman of PowerChina International Group Limited, stated: “POWERCHINA is delighted to be a partner with GCM to deliver an integrated mine and power plant for the people of Bangladesh. Completing the JV agreement and EPC Contract were very important steps in progressing the combined project. As the power plant contractor, we are committed to a positive relationship with the community and to construct an environmentally friendly power plant for the benefit of the local people. GCM had earlier on signed a joint development agreement for a separate 2,000MW of coal fired power plants in the same area with another China State Owned Enterprise.  
Category: Power
Rural people happy as electricity reaches door steps
January 17, 2019 Thursday 7:03 PM By BSS
Rural people in Khulna are happy as electricity has reached their door steps, making their lives easier. Consumers of Khulna villages do not need to hang around behind the officers and employees of Khulna Palli Biddyut Samity (Rural Electricity Samity) of Khulna. Employees of the Samity are now going to consumers’ doors with a mobile van-car decorated a banner ‘Alor Feriwala, Matro 5-10 minute-e Biddut Sanjog, Khulna Palli Biddut Samity’, Peddler of light, Electricity connection within 5 to 10 minutes, Khulna Rural Electricity Samity.’ While visiting Senerbazar area under Rupsha upazila in Khulna on Wednesday this reporter found that employees of the Biddyut Samity knocked different houses and asked them to take electricity connection if they did not get it earlier. Talking to BSS, Mahmud Hassan, an employee of Pally Biddyut Samity of Sener Bazar Zonal Office, said, “We connect electricity within 5 to 10 minutes after taking government fees.” “Consumers do not need to hang around our office for electricity connection. No extra charges are being taken from them,” he added. Amzad Mia, a farmer, who got new electricity connection last month, said, “I did not face any harassment or give them any extra charge to get new electricity connection,” Senior General Manager of Khulna Pally Biddyut Samity Shahiduzzaman told BSS that they are providing electricity connections to consumers under the scheme. General Manager of the Samity Engineer Zulfiqar told BSS, “We initiated ‘Alor Ferrywala’ service on January 06, 2018 with a view to provide better services to our consumers.” “Consumers are getting electricity connection after paying only Tk 965 to the government. We have not received any complain from consumers,” he said, adding that the service would continue till hundred percent electricity coverage is not completed. A total of six upazilas have been brought under full electricity coverage last year while 59 unions and two pourasavas of remained three upazilas in the district have been brought under 80 percent coverage, he said. Out of 2, 62,811 consumers, two lakh people under four zonal offices of Pally Biddyut Samity have been brought under electricity coverage, he said, adding that remained consumers will get this benefit by June, 2019.
Category: Power
Peak, off-peak load gap cut mandatory, says energy adviser
January 15, 2019 Tuesday 10:22 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Prime minister’s energy adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said curbing the difference between peak and off-peak load is one of the major challenges for the government, otherwise it may cause higher expenses for the power sector. “If the difference of peak and off-peak load soars, our spendings will shoot up accordingly,” he said. The adviser was addressing a programme held for his reception by the Power Division at the Bidyut Bhaban on Tuesday. Tawfiq, also a former bureaucrat, was reappointed as the adviser on Sunday, eight says after the Awami League formed its new government after the landslide win in the December 30 polls. According to Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), the forecast demand for power during peak and off-peak hours was estimated at 10,631MW and 11747MW for Tuesday. Crediting the previous government, also led by the Awami League, for ‘proving electricity to every household’, Tawfiq said: “It (power coverage) was a massive achievement for the (last) government.” Currently, 90% of the population has access to electricity, with power sector high-ups hoping the entire country to come under electricity coverage by this year. Tawfiq also opined that the sector must adopt an updated and timely communication strategy to help register an even better growth. Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, BPDB Chairman Khaled Mahmood and BERC Chairman Major General (retd) Moin Uddin, among others, attended the event.
Category: Power
Bangladesh mulls exporting power to Nepal during winter
January 14, 2019 Monday 11:36 AM By UNB
The government will soon initiate a process to export surplus electricity to neighbouring country Nepal in the winter when Bangladesh sees a drop in domestic consumption. According to official sources at the Power Ministry, the electricity export to Nepal will take place under the cross-border power trade where a tripartite agreement among the three neighbouring nations-Bangladesh, India and Nepal-will be required. The cross-border power trade between Dhaka and New Delhi started few years back whereby Bangladesh is importing over 1,000 MW of electricity from India. Dhaka is also trying to import electricity from its other neighbours, including Bhutan and Myanmar, to meet the demand during the summer season. Officials said the Indian government’s recent approval of guidelines is seen as a major development in the Bangladesh’s initiative to achieve its target for power export-import trade with Nepal. Officials said Bangladesh has initially planned to import power from Nepal through setting up hydropower plants there. But now it sees a major opportunity for exporting electricity to Nepal in the winter as well as before the start of its electricity import from the Himalayan nation. The demand-curve of electricity in Nepal is just reverse of Bangladesh. Officials said the demand for power increases in the Himalayan nation in the winter with the drop in the mercury whereas it sees a rise in Bangladesh for cool weather. Similarly, the demand goes up in the summer in Bangladesh while dips in Nepal. “Bangladesh mainly wants to take this advantage to export additional electricity to Nepal in the winter season and also import electricity from the Himalayan country in the summer season when they need less power,” said Mohammad Hossain, director general of Power Cell, a technical wing of the Power Ministry. He, however, said it is very hard to achieve the target within the next winter as export or import of electricity to and from Nepal needs huge infrastructure development which a time-consuming matter. Hossain mentioned that the recent amendment to the Indian guidelines has come as a big boon to Bangladesh’s initiative to import and export power from and to Nepal.
Category: Power
Sustainable electricity connection to every household main challenge
January 8, 2019 Tuesday 6:36 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Terming sustainable electricity connection to every household as the main challenge, Nasrul Hamid, the State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources on Tuesday said he aspires to keep his portfolio at the forefront of Sheikh Hasina’s mantra of nationwide development. He, who for the second time in a row becomes the State Minister of this important arm of the government, was given a reception by the officials from the Power Division and different power generation and distribution companies at Bidyut Bhaban in the capital. It was Nasrul’s first official day as the State Minister. He started the day by visiting and placing wrath at the portrait of Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi 32 and the National Monument in Savar. Addressing the officials present at Bidyut Bhaban, Nasrul said, “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made me the State Minister of again here as she is happy with works we have done in the past five years. We have been able to make electricity available at every corners of the country. Now our challenge is to make it available in every household,” he said. He said, electricity and sustainable energy supply are the main driving force behind an economy. “We have been able to come back in power because we had provided due importance in electricity generation in sourcing energy,” he said. Nasrul asked all the officials related with his ministry to keep up the good work. “We were number one ministry in the last government and we want to stay in the same position this time as well.” Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus said Bangladesh recently has been ranked as the 41st largest economies in the world, up from the 43rd position since the last year. “According to the World Economic Forum, it is well on track to become the 24th largest economy by 2033. If the country aspires to become so, there will be a huge need for development in the power sector,” said Kaikaus. Kaikaus said under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, the country is in the right track of development. “Our ministry, under the guidance of Nasrul Hamid is also in the right track,” he said.
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Everyone to have access to electricity by June: Nasrul
January 1, 2019 Tuesday 9:05 PM By UNB
The government is working to bring the whole country under electricity coverage, said State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid on Tuesday. “Everyone will have access to power within the next six months,” he said, a day after the ruling alliance won an overwhelming victory in the national election. “Ninety-two percent people already have access to electricity,” Nasrul told reporters at his ministry. “Our goal will be to provide uninterrupted electricity at an affordable price,” he said. “It’s the government’s biggest challenge.” ‘Power import cheaper’ The state minister said Bangladesh needed $40 billion investment in its power sector to meet its requirement. The government might review the Power System Master Plan 2016 to accommodate more options for the import of electricity from India, Nepal and Bhutan, he said. “Importing power is relatively cheaper than generating it locally,” Nasrul said, without giving details. Bangladesh will also start exporting electricity to Nepal in the next winter when the local demand decreases, he added.
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