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BREB chief declares zero tolerance against bribe
The Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) chairman has issued a strict order to the engineers, officers and staff of the board to stop corruption and irregularities at the field-level. Zero tolerance will be showed against bribe, corruption and irregularities in delivering services to the BREB subscribers, warned Major General (Retired) Moin Uddin. He was speaking as the chief guest at a conference, organised by the board for its deputy general managers (DGMs) at the BREB head office in the capital on Saturday. More than 300 DGMs along with BREB’s field-level superintendent and executive engineers under the 80 Rural Power Cooperatives (Palli Bidyut Samity) across the country took part in the conference. Addressing the programme, Moin Uddin gave a strict order to them to adhere to the zero tolerance policy and ensure subscriber-friendly services at the field level. “Action will be taken against those who will be found involved in any sort of corruption, bribery and irregularities in delivering services to the clients,” the BREB chairman said. BREB members Joynal Abedin and Md Mostafa Kamal were present, among others.
ECNEC approves smart electricity prepaid meter project for Dhaka
August 8, 2018 Wednesday 3:22 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved a total of 11 projects, including the smart electricity prepaid meter installation project for Dhaka city. The approval came at a meeting of the ECNEC held in the city on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The 11 projects involve Tk 64.48 billion. Under the prepaid meter project, The Dhaka Electric Supply Company Ltd. (DESCO) will install 0.2 million electricity meters for its subscribers in the city at a cost of Tk 1.86 billion. After the installation of prepaid meters, consumers would have to pay bills in advance. Emerging from the ECNEC meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said the meeting approved 11 projects involving Tk 64.48 billion. Ministers, Planning Commission members and officials of different ministries were present at the ECNEC meeting.
Category: Power
DESCO to implement Tk 186.50 cr smart meter project
August 6, 2018 Monday 6:34 PM By BSS
The Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (DESCO) has initiated a move to implement a Taka 186.50 crore project to supply and install some 2 lakh smart pre-payment meters in DESCO area to further improve its services to the clients. “The Planning Commission has already considered a draft project proposal to this end sent from the Power Division and it will be placed before the ECNEC meeting tomorrow for its consideration,” said a senior Planning Commission official. Prime Minister and ECNEC Chairperson Sheikh Hasina will preside over the meeting to be held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area. The official told BSS that the DESCO under the Power Division will implement the project by December 2020. “Out of the total project cost of Taka 186.50 crore, Taka 178.52 crore will come from the GoB portion while the rest of Taka 7.97 crore from the DESCO’s own fund.” The Planning Commission official said the main objectives of the project include further improving the standards of client services by the DESCO through digitization as well as load controlling and improving the revenue realization management. “The project also aims at realizing revenue in advance, lowering the non-technical loss at zero level, simplifying the demand side load controlling management, and reducing the misuse of electricity,” the official said adding that online load management, monitoring and trouble-shooting system will also be introduced under the project. According to the Draft Project Proposal (DPP), the project area covers Mirpur, Pallabi, Agargaon, Kafrul, Shah Ali, Dhaka Cantonment, Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, Badda, Uttara, Uttarkhan, Dakshinkhan and Tongi. The project operations include installation of some 1.80 lakh single phase smart pre-payment meters alongside installation of some 20,000 three-phase smart pre-payment meters, installation of two meter testing phase and installation of online network for giving connectivity to some 2 lakh smart pre-payment meters. Beginning its journey on September 24 in 1998 with limited operations in the Mirpur area having a load demand of only 90 MW and some 71,161 clients, the operations of DESCO has expanded a lot with the passage of time as the number of clients has now reached 8.65 lakh with the highest demand of power raising to 934 MW. Under the current system, the DESCO has to manage huge manpower and consume much more time for collecting meter reading from its clients, preparing the electricity bills and supplying those bills at clients’ level. Technical and non-technical system loss also happens due to the use of mechanical and electro mechanical system. Under this system, there is impact on the efficiency of meter discs, accurate meter reading if often unavailable due to low load, even it is not possible to conduct load management and give early warning. Under the present circumstances, the project has been framed and considered at the Pre-Evaluation Committee (PEC) meetings twice held on June 4 and July 26 this year where the Planning Commission recommended implementation of the project.
Category: Power
Every house in country will be lit up: PM
August 6, 2018 Monday 10:59 AM By BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday inaugurated eight newly constructed power plants, reiterating her government’s target of illuminating every house of the country. “Our aim is to light up every house of the country … we’re working to achieve the goal,” she said while opening eight new power plants, having a total generation capacity of 1,742 MW, by unveiling their plaques through a video conference from Ganabhaban in Dhaka. Sheikh Hasina also inaugurated two grid substations as well as cent percent electrification activities in more 21 upazilas of the country. The prime minister said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman liberated the country to build ‘Sonar Bangla’ by bringing smiles on the faces of the common people. Sheikh Hasina said her government has been working in a planned way to build the country where there will be no poverty and none will die suffering from diseases and remain in darkness. “We want everybody to be educated and every house to be lit up,” she said. The prime minister reaffirmed her call to the people to be economical in using electricity. “A huge amount of money is spent for generating electricity and you’ll have to keep it in your mind,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said her government is giving a huge amount of subsidy in the power sector. “We’re giving subsidy more than the production cost and through it, we’re improving the living standard of the people,” she said. The premier urged the people to turn the switch off with their own hands to save the electricity, saying: “We want that the electricity is not misused.” Mentioning that the every area of the country will be brought under the cent percent electricity coverage, Sheikh Hasina said the government has increased power generation capacity to 18,900 MW from 3200. “We’ve set up 122 power plants, while work on construction of 26 plants having 14,134 MW is underway. Besides, we’ve imported 600 MW electricity from India, while a process for importing 1000 MW is going on,” she said. The premier said talks on purchasing hydroelectricity from Nepal and Bhutan are underway. She said the government is implementing multifaceted schemes like the nuclear power plant and solar power plants to meet the growing demand of power in the country. “The people are getting its benefit,” she said. The new power plants inaugurated by the premier are Ghorashal 365-MW capacity Combined Cycle Power Plant, Kodda, Gazipur 300 MW capacity plant at Gazipur, Daudkandi 200 MW capacity plant, Fenchuganj 200 MW combined cycle power plant, Noapara 100 MW Power Plant and Kamalaghat, Mushiganj 54 MW Power Plant at Munshiganj and Siddhirganj 335 MW combined cycle power plant’s simple cycle (gas turbine) and Siddhirganj 225 combined cycle power plant (second unit). The 21 upazilas where 100 percent areas have come under the electricity connectivity are Maulvibazar Sadar upazila, Saghata in Gaibandha, Austogram in Kishoreganj, Manohardi in Narsingdi, Cumilla Sadar Dakkhin, Khetlal in Joypurhat, Kalai in Joypurhat, Porsha in Nagaon, Mohanpur and Durgapur in Rajshahi, Atowari in Panchagarh, Kishoreganj in Nilphamari, Fulgazi, Parshuram, Chagalnaiya and Sonagazi in Feni, Patia and Hathazari in Chattogram, Dakhhin Surma in Sylhet and Habiganj sadar upazila. The two grid substations are Bhulta 400/230KV Grid Substation in Narayanganj and Khagrachhari 132/33KV Grid Substations. The prime minister later exchanged views with beneficiaries of Kishoreganj, Cumilla, Maulvibazar and Khagrachhari. Prime Minister’s Adviser Dr Toufique-E-Elahi Chowdhury and State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid spoke at the function while Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaws narrated various achievements and steps of the ministry through a power point presentation. Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Tajul Islam and newly-elected Mayor of Rajshahi AHM Khairuzzaman Liton were present at the function, moderated by PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman.
Category: Power
ADB to provide $501.5 million for Rupsha power plant
July 29, 2018 Sunday 11:58 AM By BSS
Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $501.5 million assistance to Bangladesh for implementing the Rupsha 800 MW combined cycle power plant project. Out of the total amount, the Manila-based lending agency will provide $500 million in Ordinary Capital Resources (OCR) loan while the rest of $1.5 million as grant. The loan and grant agreements in this regard will be signed between the government and the ADB on August 2 at the NEC-2 Conference Room in the capital’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and ADB Country Director Manmohan Parkash will sign the loan and grant agreements on behalf of their respective sides. Besides, the project agreement will be signed between ADB Country Director Manmohan Parkash and CEO of North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL) Engineer AM Khorshedul Alam. According to ERD and the ADB, the assistance will help develop a state-of-the-art 800 megawatt (MW) power plant in Khulna, Bangladesh, along with associated connections to natural gas and power transmission facilities. “In the face of rising demand for energy in a growing economy, the Rupsha power plant will be the first of its kind in Bangladesh, vastly increasing the availability of efficient and cleaner energy,” said ADB energy specialist Aziz Yusupov when the loan was approved. In financial year 2017, the peak demand of power was estimated at 10,400 MW in Bangladesh while available generation capacity was just 9,479 MW. Net peak demand is expected to exceed 13,300 MW by 2020 and 19,900 MW by 2025, while existing generation facilities will gradually retire and need replacement. The ADB-financed project design will ensure that the Rupsha plant uses the latest combined cycle technology, which offers the highest efficiency to convert gas to electricity.  
Category: Power
‘Efforts on to start Barapukuria power plant’
July 27, 2018 Friday 11:02 PM By BSS
Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus has said alternative ways are being tried to start Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Station. “Currently, the country’s power plants have the production capacity to meet requirements of Bangladesh,” he said this on Saturday during his visit to Barapukuria power plant and coal mine under Parbotipur upazila in Dinajpur with a four-member high-powered team. The team members were Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem, Chairman of Petrobangla Abul Mansur Md Faizullah and Chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board Engineer Khaled Mahmood. The team members visited the power plant and coal mine in connection with the coal scam and closure of Barapukuria coal-fired thermal power plant due to lack of coal. The visiting high officials held a meeting with officials in the administrative area of Barapukuria coal-fired thermal power plant before visiting nearby Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited. Dr Ahmad said there are shortages of 100 MW to 150 MW power supply to Rangpur region comprising of eight districts where problem is being faced in maintaining voltage balance due to long distance. “As a result, load-shedding is being given for one to one and a half hours daily to the region,” he said, adding that the extent of load shedding already reduced through increasing supply of natural gas to Sirajganj power station. Petrobangla Chairman Abul Mansur Md Faizullah said appropriate measures would be taken against those involved with the scam. “There is no way to look into the matters lightly for those people who are involved with the coal scam creating the hardships to the people,” Faizullah added. Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem said that the inspection was aimed at observing the reality against what the officials were saying about coal shortage in the mine and issue of coal scam. “The inspection was also aimed at studying the possibility of coal supply to the coal-fired thermal power station as per its demand and when production of coal from the coal mine would be possible,” he said. Abu Hena said a case was filed in this connection with Parbotipur Thana and the Anti Corruption Commission already started investigation into the matter to bring the officials involved with the scam under the laws of the land.
Category: Power
Northerners brace for power cuts as Barapukuria power plant closed
July 23, 2018 Monday 12:53 PM By UNB
The country’s northern region is likely to experience unusual power cuts or low voltage problem as the authorities concerned shut down the third and last unit of Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant on Sunday night. Director of Power Development Board (PDB) Saiful Hasan Chowdhury told UNB that the plant went out of operation around 10:20pm. Officials at the PDB, which operates the plant, said they had to completely shut down the plant because of the short supply of coal from the nearby Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL). The districts which may face such problems include Rangpur, Panchagarh, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Dinajpur and Thakurgaon as they receive power supply mainly from the Barapukuria plant. Earlier, Abdul Hakim, chief engineer of the power plant, told UNB on Sunday that they may have to shut down the plant from Monday morning for the shortage of coal.  Saiful Hasan said the authorities were trying to ensure power supply to the districts from alternative sources like power plants in other districts -- Sirajganj, Khulna and Rajshahi. “The PDB has urged Petrobangla to ensure adequate gas supply to the gas-fired power plants in Sirajganj and other districts so that the generation could be enhanced and supply could be available in the northern region,” he added. Officials said the shortage of coal suddenly came to their notice a few days back when a team from PDB visited the coal mine and found that there was no adequate reserve of coal in the yard of the mine. They found that there was only 6,000 tonnes of coal reserved in the yard which may meet the requirement of only 2-3 days. The coal production in the Barapukuria coal mine was suspended under a programme to change the mining shaft.  But the PDB was assured by the BCMCL authorities of continuing the coal supply from the reserved coal during the closure of the mine operation. PDB officials said the power plant requires about 4,500 tonnes of coal a day when all the three units are in operation. But now two units remain off and only the third unit with 275MW capacity was operating to a tune of 130 MW. The issue was immediately communicated with Petrobangla, they said. Meanwhile, Petrobangla top officials identified inconsistency in the coal reserve at the coal mine yard. As per the official investigation, the stock was found to have a shortage of 148,000 tonnes of coal and finally Petrobangla has formed a three-member inquiry committee, headed by its director (mining) Quamruzzaman, to investigate the issue of the coal shortage and suspended a number of BCMCL officials. The officials who were suspended or removed include managing director of the company Habib Uddin Ahmed, secretary-cum-general manager Abul Quasem Prodhania, general manager ATM Nuruzzaman Chowdhury and deputy general manager (store) Khaledul Islam. It was apprehended that a huge quantity of coal was smuggled from the coal reserve in connivance with the top officials of the mine for which the unusual shortage was created in the supply.  Contacted, Quamruzzaman told UNB that the inquiry committee has already started its work. He said the committee was given three days to complete its job and submit its report. “But we need a few more days as we’ve to physically visit the spot and identify the irregularities,” he said. The probe body chief said they will visit the mine soon.
Category: Power
Nasrul asks to ensure hassle free power supply
July 21, 2018 Saturday 6:37 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Saturday asked all concerned to supply hassle free electricity at consumers level. “Be more cautious about harassment-free electricity supply to the customers,” he said told a two-day General Managers’ conference of Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) as the chief guest in the city. The state minister said customers’ satisfaction is the main goal of the government. “Customers can not be harassed in any situation. We have to talk to them in a smiling face. The BREB would have to resolve all existing problems within the next three-month and the government will give all necessary assistance to this regard,” he said. “We have to take initiative to increase coordination among production, distribution and transmission companies for implementation of the development plan as per the demand,” he said. Various issues including target of brining all upazilas under 100 percent power coverage, problems at field level, technical constraints, power outages, possible causes and remedies for the loss of transformers were discussed in the conference. Among others, Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikus, Chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board Engineer Khaled Mahmood, Chairman of BREB Major General Moin Uddin (retd) and Power Cell Director General Engineer Mohammad Hossain spoke on the occasion.
Category: Power
Summit power generation capacity increases to 1,941MW
July 16, 2018 Monday 7:02 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh’s largest independent power producer (IPP), Summit Power, has recently raises it electricity generation capacity to 1,941MW with commissioning of another power plant at Gazipur. The local power giant started producing electricity from another 149 MW HFO-based power plant, at Kodda in Gazipur. The new plant, Summit Gazipur I Power Limited, went into operation on schedule, said a press release by the Summit Group. With addition of this new power plant, the total generation capacity of Summit now stands at 1,941 MW. Just two months ago another plant, Summit Gazipur II Power (300MW), started power generation in record time. Summit Gazipur I Power is supplying electricity to 132 KV national grid through PGCB’s Kodda grid sub-stations. Summit Gazipur I (149MW) and Gazipur II (300MW) power plants are located adjacent to each other in Kodda, Gazipur about 30 km away from Dhaka city. Summit Gazipur I Power Limited is a joint venture of Summit Power Limited (SPL) – the DSE and CSE listed company with 64% ownership and remaining by Summit Corporation Limited. The project agreements of this 149 MW power project consequently the power purchase agreement (PPA) and implementation agreement (IA) were signed with Bangladesh government for a period of 15 years on April 12, 2017.  
Category: Power
BPDB, GE sign deal for 3600 MW power plant
July 12, 2018 Thursday 4:34 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
American conglomerate General Electric Company (GE) inked a MoU with the state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for implementing project worth $4.4 billion, including a 3,600-MW LNG to gasbased power plant, an associated LNG import terminal, and necessary infrastructure under a joint venture (JV). BPDB will be the lead partner having 51 per cent equity, while GE will have 30 per cent equity. The remaining 19 per cent equity will be provided by another strategic investor for implementing the 3,600-MW power plant and associated facilities. Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury was the chief guest at the MoU signing ceremony, held at Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka on Wednesday. Khaled Mahmood, chairman of the BPDB, and Russel Stokes, GE power signed the MoU on behalf of the respective parties. US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Power Division Secretary Ahmad Kaikaus were the special guests at the functions. Speaking on the occasion, the PM’s adviser lauded GE for being associated with the Bangladeshi companies to implement the power and energy projects. He urged the US company to establish a turbine manufacturing plant in the country, and help Bangladesh with innovative technologies to ensure sustainable energy at affordable cost. He also requested GE to consider establishing coal-fired power plants in Bangladesh to ensure diversification of energy and proper fuel-mix. BPDB and GE decided to form a joint venture company to implement the project. The joint venture will carry out a feasibility study, develop 5,600 acres of land, construct and operate the power plant, and construct an LNG import terminal and infrastructure. The plant will have three units of 1,200 MW. The estimated project cost includes $1.6 billion for land development and $2.8 billion for the power plant. The expected completion time is 36 months.  
Category: Power
ADB approves $500m loan for 800MW Khulna plant
June 30, 2018 Saturday 3:48 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide Bangladesh with US$500 million in loan to help build a state-of-the-art 800 megawatt (MW) power plant in Khulna. Part of the loan will also be spent for linking it up with natural gas and power transmission facilities. Board of Directors of the multilateral lender approved the loan on June 26 at its headquarters in Manila, Philippines, said an ADB press release. “Amid the rising demand for energy in a growing economy, the Rupsha Power Plant will be the first of its kind in Bangladesh, vastly increasing the availability of efficient and cleaner energy,” said ADB Energy Specialist Aziz Yusupov. “By providing additional electricity to about 300,000 consumers, the plant will stimulate business expansion and create new jobs,” Aziz Yusupov was also quoted as saying. Bangladesh faces a major challenge in providing modern and affordable energy, while suffering from recurring generating capacity shortages in the power sector, the ADB release said. In fiscal year 2017, the peak hour demand was estimated at 10,400MW. But the power generation capacity was just 9,479MW, it mentioned. The net peak hour demand is expected to exceed 13,300MW by 2020 and 19,900MW by 2025, while the existing power generation facilities will gradually retire and need replacement. Recognising the need to sustain Bangladesh’s economic momentum, the government has prepared an investment plan to increase the power generation capacity and improve the transmission and distribution network. This is aimed at achieving universal access to grid-connected electricity by 2021, it said. The ADB-financed project design will ensure that the Rupsha plant uses the latest combined cycle technology, which offers the highest efficiency to convert gas to electricity. It will also use the most advanced water treatment processes to purify and recycle liquid waste at the end of the industrial process, leaving zero discharge. To supply gas to the Rupsha power plant, the project will construct gas distribution pipelines measuring 12 kilometres (km), according to the press release. The project will also finance construction of a 230-kilovolt switchyard at the power plant and 29 km of high capacity transmission lines to transfer electricity from Rupsha to the grid. To ensure adequate institutional capacity, the project will conduct overall institutional strengthening of the executing agency, the North-West Power Generation Company Limited. This includes business processes upgrade and training for implementation and operation of the system, maintenance, monitoring, and environment and social safeguards. The total cost of the project is $1.14 billion, with the Islamic Development Bank contributing $300 million and the government contributing $338.5 million. The project is due to be completed by the end of June 2022, said the press release. Grant financing worth $1.5 million will also be provided by the ADB’s Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, funded by the Government of Japan, to improve living standards in nearby communities, it said. Focusing on vulnerable households and women, activities will include awareness about safe and efficient use of electricity, training on livelihood and job opportunities, and providing school laboratory facilities, it added.
Category: Power
Contract with Chinese consortium for Khulna 330 MW plant faces termination
June 24, 2018 Sunday 8:21 PM By UNB
Contract with a Chinese consortium for constriction of Khulna 330 MW dual-fuel combined cycle power plant is going to face termination as the contractor failed to arrange required fund for the project. According to official sources, the government signed a contract on November 17 in 2016 with the Chinese Consortium of Harbin Electric International Co Ltd (HEI), and Jiangsu Etern Co Ltd, to set up the plant’s simple cycle unit within 15 months (450 days) and combined cycle unit within 30 months (900 days). Nineteen months passed by but, no progress has been made in implementation of the project as the bidder failed to arrange the required fund from the Chinese bank. Officials said the total cost of the project is about $400 million, equivalent to Tk 3,253 crore. Of this, the Chinese Exim Bank was supposed to provide $304 million, equivalent to Tk 2370 crore, which shares 85 percent of the turnkey contract cost. As per the contract with the government, the bidder will have to arrange at least 85 percent of the turnkey contract amount by its own initiative. The remaining Tk 1,240 crore will be financed by the Bangladesh government. But in last 19 months, nothing but a draft loan agreement was made ready by the bidder in getting the required loan. The issue of the Chinese bidder’s failure was widely discussed in a review meeting of the Power Division last month. The meeting, presided over by the State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid, decided to terminate the contract with Chinese consortium if it failed to arrange the Chinese Exim Bank’s promised loan of $281 million within 2 months. Following the decision of the meeting, the state-owned Power Development Board (PDB) sent a letter to the Chinese consortium giving 10 days time to ensure the financing of the project by making the projects financial closing within June 20. "But so far we don’t have any information that can suggest the Harbin- Jiangsu consortium will be able to make the financial closing by June 20", said project director Jotirmoy Halder. He said once the given deadline is over, the things will be communicated to the higher authority for final action against the Chinese bidder. It was learnt that the Exim Bank sent a draft loan agreement which the Bangladesh government approved with some amendments and sent it back to the Exim Bank. The PDB also sent a letter to the bidder consortium to execute the loan agreement as per amendments.
Category: Power
Sembcorp lowest bidder for Bangladesh power supply tender
June 24, 2018 Sunday 3:41 PM By INDIA TODAY
Sembcorp Energy India is set to bag a tender for supply of 250 megawatts of electricity to Bangladesh after it bid the lowest tariff. Sources with direct knowledge of the development said Sembcorp Gayatri Power, a subsidiary of Sembcorp Energy India Ltd, bid the lowest among half a dozen power utilities that submitted offers to Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for the supply of 250 MW of electricity for 15 years. It wasn’t immediately known as to how much Sembcorp had bid. Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) had in February invited bids for buying 250 MW power from Indian firms for short duration (August 1, 2018, to December 31, 2019) and long-term (January 1, 2020, and July 31, 2033). Besides Sembcorp, other bidders included Adani Power Mundra Ltd, Hindustan Power, Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd, Meenakshi Energy Pvt Ltd and Odisha Power Generation Corp Ltd. Sources said, Sembcorp made the most competitive offer for supply of electricity generated from imported coal at its Andhra Pradesh plant. While BPDB officials were not reachable for comments, a Sembcorp spokesperson said, “Sembcorp Energy India`s subsidiary SGPL has participated in the Bangladesh Power Development Board’s bid for supply of 250 MW power for 15 years. We are awaiting an official notification on the outcome. In view of this, it is not appropriate for us to comment further.” India exports approximately 900 MW of electricity to Bangladesh. In February, state-run power giant NTPC had won a bid to supply 300 MW power to Bangladesh for 15 years at an estimated tariff of Rs 3.42 per unit. NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC Ltd, had won that bid over Sembcorp by a few paise, sources said. That contract gave NTPC Rs 900 crore of annual revenue. For that tender, BPDB had invited bids for supply of 500 MW power from India for short-term (June 1, 2018, to December 31, 2019) and long-term (January 1, 2020, to May 31, 2033). NVVN, Adani Group, PTC and Sembcorp submitted bids by the scheduled date of January 11. As on June 5, Bangladesh had about 15,553 MW of installed capacity and 2,800 MW of captive power capacity. This is, however, way short of demand and the country had to import electricity. Sources said Sembcorp is likely to begin supplies from August. Sembcorp Energy India Ltd is part of the Singapore-based energy, water and marine group, Sembcorp Industries. Sembcorp Gayatri operates a 2,640 MW coal-fired power plant in Andhra Pradesh.  
Category: Power
Khulna 800MW power project awaits ECNEC nod
May 21, 2018 Monday 12:27 PM By BSS
The government has undertaken a big move to set up a 800 MW combined cycle power plant on the abandoned land of Khulna Newsprint Mills Limited to meet the growing demand of power in the country. “The government has undertaken a series of projects to increase the country’s power generation capacity as we have targeted to generate 24,000 MW electricity by 2021,” State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told the news agency on Sunday. He said the proposed power plant would help reduce system loss of electricity as consumers would get more reliable power from their nearby source. An official said the commission has already reviewed a draft project of the Power Division titled ‘Construction of Rupsha 800 MW combined cycle power plant’ and it is likely to be placed before the ECNEC meeting on Tuesday. He also said the North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL) under the Power Division has been assigned to implement the project by June 2022 at an estimated cost of Taka 8,498.64 crore. Out of the total project cost, the official said, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) are expected to provide Tk 5,987.87 crore as project assistance, Tk 50 crore will come from the organization’s own fund while the rest Tk 2,460.77 crore would be given by the government. The project targets improving energy security in Bangladesh. It will increase availability of efficient and cleaner energy by developing a state-of-the-art power plant with 800-megawatt (MW) generation capacity using cleaner and highly efficient power generation technologies. The Planning Commission official said the project also envisages the construction of associated natural gas supply and power transmission infrastructure facilities, as well as strengthening the institutional capacity and overall business process of the project’s executing agency, North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL), to efficiently plan and operate power plants. He said the power plant will be built on some 50 acres of abandoned land at the Khulna Newsprint Mills where natural gas will be used as the initial energy while HSD (diesel) as an alternate energy.  According to the sources at the Power Division and the Planning Commission, the government has already set a target to reach electricity to every household by 2021 side by side reducing load-shedding by generating some 24,000 MW of Power by that year. To materialize that goal, the government is implementing various short-term, mid-term and long-term plans and the project for setting up 800 MW combined cycle power plant has been drafted in line with those plans. According to the draft project proposal, the main project operations include setting up gas turbine generating set with all auxiliaries, steam turbine generating set with all auxiliaries, heat recovery steam generating set, installation of power transformer 16/230 kV, 400 MVA, 11/230 kV, 200 MVA and distributed controlled system and some 29 kilometer 230 kV power transmission line. Besides, land purchase and development, construction of residential and non-residential buildings and gas distribution pipe line installation works would also be carried out under the project. The Pre Evaluation Committee (PEC) meeting on the proposed project was held on February 06 where the Planning Commission suggested for restructuring the DPP. Following the recommendations of the Planning Commission, the Power Division restructured the DPP and again submitted it before the Planning Commission where it suggested for placing before the ECNEC.
Category: Power
Summit commences Gazipur 300 MW power plant
May 9, 2018 Wednesday 8:34 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Summit, the largest Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Bangladesh has completed construction of another HFO fueled reciprocating power plant with 300 MW capacity. The Summit Gazipur-II Power Limited has begun supplying power to the national grid from 5th May 2018, said a press release. It was implemented as a fast-track project within nine months, a period that was set by Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Power Division of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources. The letter of intent (LoI) of this project was issued on August 10, 2017 and only within nine months since then on May 09, 2018 the ‘100 Hour Reliability Run Test’ as well as ‘Dependable Capacity Test’ were completed. Summit Gazipur-II Power Limited is a joint venture of Summit Corporation Limited and Summit Power Limited (SPL). The letter of intent of this 300 MW power project was issued on August 10, 2017 and consequently the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Implementation Agreement (IA) were signed with Bangladesh government for a period of 15 years on December 10, 2017. Summit Gazipur-II Power is located at Kodda in Gazipur about 30 km away from Dhaka city. The power plant is supplying power at 230 kV to Tongi and Kaliakoir grid sub-stations.    
Category: Power
Deal signed with China for 1,320 MW power plant at Moheshkhali
May 6, 2018 Sunday 11:31 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
As part of its ongoing efforts to increase power production, the government on Sunday signed a joint venture agreement with China for installing a 1,320 MW coal-fired power plant at Moheshkhali in Cox`s Bazar. “Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and China Huadian Hongkong Company Ltd (CHDHK) signed the agreement to form a new joint venture company within 30 days,” State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said while witnessing the contract signing as the chief guest at a function at Mukti Hall of Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka. He said the new joint venture company would construct a 1,320 MW ultra super critical coal-fired power plant at Moheshkhali in Cox`s Bazar in 48 to 54 months. Moheshkhali would be a power hub, as the government has been constructing Matarbari power plant along with other electricity establishments, Nasrul added. He said the government is going for long-term projects for power sector. “We are going for big power plant projects, which would create huge employment facilities in the country,” he added. “We need efficient personalities for operation and maintenance of the modern technology based machineries. For this, training programmes are needed for making our people skilled,” the state minister said. Secretary of BPDB Mina Masud Uzzaman and vice president of CHDHK Wang Zhihao signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides. Among others, Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus, BPDB Chairman Engineer Khaled Mahmood, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo, CHDHK President Fong Zheng spoke on the occasion.
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Bangla Trac Power adds 200MW to national grid
May 2, 2018 Wednesday 12:56 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangla Trac Power Unit-1 Ltd has started supplying 200 megawatts of electricity to the national grid from its plant in Daudkandi, Comilla. “A fully dedicated team of our company has been working hard to meet the increasing demand of electricity in Bangladesh for a long time,” said Mohammad Aminul Haque, chairman of Bangla Trac Group, in a statement. “We are really excited to successfully add another 200MW of electricity to the national grid on April 24, 2018,” he said. This brings the group’s contribution to the national to 300MW. On April 16, 2018, the company’s plant in Noapara, Jessore added 100MW to the grid.
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