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Efforts continue to ensure uninterrupted power supply: Nasrul
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.
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.
Category: Power
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.
Category: Power
India clears guideline on BD power import from Nepal, Bhutan
December 26, 2018 Wednesday 3:06 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh will be able to import power from the neighbouring countries via India as the Indian government has approved the ‘Guidelines for Import/Export (Cross Border) of Electricity- 2018’ which was published on December 18. According to section 3.1 of the guideline of ‘Cross-border Trade of Electricity’, the cross-border transaction between India and the neighbouring countries will be approved by the Indian entity through an agreement. The Indian government has recently amended the guidelines where it said two separate countries can trade electricity where India will take part through a tripartite agreement or giving approval. At the joint steering committee meetings, the issue of electricity import from Nepal and Bhutan via India was discussed on December 03 and December 04 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Already, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Bangladesh and Nepal for the electricity import.
Category: Power
Govt plans to unlock investment scope for pvt sector in power transmission
December 18, 2018 Tuesday 6:57 PM By UNB
The government is moving ahead with a plan to open a $35 billion investment opportunity for private investors in the country’s power transmission sector. According to official sources in the Power Division, the private sector`s enormous success in power generation has prompted the government to invite them to invest in the transmission segment of the sector. The latest government statistics show the private sector’s contribution to power generation hit 11,057 MW representing 54.35percent while the public sector stands at 45.65 percent with its output of 9286 MW against the country`s total power generation of 20,343 MW. Power Division officials claimed this substantial growth has been possible due to a favourable investment policy offered by the government over the last one decade. “Seeing this great success, the government has now moved to unlock the investment scope for the private sector in the transmission segment as well,” Director General of the Power Cell Mohammad Hossain said. Power Cell, a technical wing of the Power Division, which is responsible for preparing policy guideline and implement reforms in the power sector, has already started framing the proposed guideline by accumulating a number of models now being followed by different countries in this regard. “We hope the guideline will be ready by January next,” said the Power Cell DG. Official sources said as part of the Power System Master Plan, 2016, the Power Division outlined a $35 billion investment potentials in the transmission segment up to 2041. As per the plan, the power transmission lines will be expanded to 36,870 kms across the country by 2041. Of the total grid transmission lines, 16,655 kms will be of 132 kV while 9,717 kms of 230 kV, 1,740 kms of 400 kV and 796 kms of 765 kV, according to officials at the Power Division. According to the Power Cell statistics, the total length of transmission lines at present are 11,123 kms covering all over Bangladesh. Of this, 132 kV transmission lines are 7,082 kms while 230 kV 3,343 kms and 400 kV lines are 698 kms. Until now, there is no 765 kV line anywhere in the country. Power Division officials informed that a good number of foreign and local firms lined up with the government by placing their offers to express their intention for investment in the transmission segment. They said that the transmission segment is coming into focus because of the government strategy to keep the power generation momentum continued until 2041 when electricity generation is planned to reach about 60,000 MW. Power Division officials said the government envisioned a total of $216 billion investment in three segments of power sector—generation, transmission and distribution—up to 2041 from 2017. Of this, it requires $150 billion in generation, $35 billion in transmission and $31 billion in distribution. But so far the private investment is allowed only in generation segment while transmission and distribution segments are not opened for private investors. With new policy guidelines coming into place, the transmission segment will be opened for private investors. Mohammad Hossain noted that private sector`s involvement in transmission segment is a little bit sensitive as national security is involved in the sector. But overcoming the security concerns, many countries including neighbouring India has allowed private investment in transmission segment.”The investment could be in private-public partnership (PPP) as well.” Power Division additional secretary RahmatUllah Mohammad Dastagir in a recent presentation to a group of Chinese investor said the country needs an average $9 billion investment in power sector each year up to 2041. Welcoming the government`s move for allowing private sector in the transmission segment, Imran Karim, vice president of Bangladesh Independent Power Producers Association (BIPPA), said the new scope will definitely encourage the private investors to continue their contribution in the country`s power sector development. "Without a strong support from the state, it was not possible for the private sector producers to reach the milestone in power generation." According to BIPPA, the private sector has invested about $12 billion over the last 10 years by setting up more than 50 power plants. BIPPA leaders said they have now planned to invest $50 billion in the next 12 years to keep up the private sector`s participation in power sector development. The private investors want to invest as independent power producers (IPPs) as well as private partners via the public-private partnership (PPP) initiative to set up at least 55 plants to generate some 12,000 MW of power or more.
Category: Power
Electricity connections for industries in a week
December 8, 2018 Saturday 5:18 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government is planning to provide electricity connections to industrial within a week subject to submission of necessary documents. “We are now providing electricity connections to industrial units of local and foreign investors within 28 days. The time can be reduced to a week only if we receive the necessary documents from them,” Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC) managing director Bikash Dewan said. He said the investors must submit electrical license, fire safety license, environmental and land ownership licenses to get new electricity connections. But most of the investors fail to provide these required documents, which causes the delay in getting the electricity connections, he also said. At a meeting on December 05, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid said they would be able to provide high voltage electricity connections (HT) within two days.  “We will require access the database of the consumers to provide quick electricity connections,” he said. The DPDC is now providing electricity to 12.18 lakh consumers, the DPDC chief informed, adding that 5,000 industrial customers consume around 40 per cent of DPDC’s total electricity supply. The government is now working to ensure speedy power supply to investors with the support of the Board of Investment. The government is targeting to increase the volume of power supply to 24,000MW by 2021 and to 60,000MW by 2040. 
Category: Power
‘Deal signed for feasibility study on underground power supply network’
December 6, 2018 Thursday 10:57 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Thursday said the underground lines would ensure uninterrupted power supply and reduce system loss. Nasrul as the chief guest was addressing a contract signing on consultancy service for feasibility study of replacement of existing overhead power supply lines by underground network. “The underground power network will ensure uninterrupted power supply, reduce system loss, reduce client hassle and grow beauty of city,” he said. State-owned Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC) hosted the event at Mukti Hall of Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka. Nasrul also said that power distribution companies should be efficient to meet advanced technological demands. Urging for timely completion of the project, Nasrul expressed hope that underground network would reduce distribution cost as well as ensure uninterrupted power supply. The state minister said the government will reach electricity to every house prior to the stipulated timeframe. The government has undertaken initiatives to replace existing power distribution lines with underground following global modern cities as the government took steps for appointing an international standard consultancy firm to conduct feasibility study under DPDC area, he said. For the DPDC jurisdiction, the project worth Tk 21 crore would be implemented within one year by Australia-based Engergytron, a research and development wing of Knowledge Integration Services Group. The consultants would carry out survey, feasibility study, underground distribution system design and cost estimation under the project.  Acting secretary of DPDC Hasnat Chowdhury and Principal Engineer Khandker Wahidul Islam on behalf of Energytron Australia signed the contract on behalf of their respective sides. Among others, power division secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus, DPDC chairman M Shafiqullah, Bangladesh Power Development Board chairman Engineer Khaled Mahmood, DPDC managing director Bikash Dewan and Energytron regional manager Richard Murphy were present.  
Category: Power
Midland 150MW power plant goes into operation
November 27, 2018 Tuesday 11:20 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Midland East Power Ltd (MEPL), a 150-megawatt (MW) furnace oil-fired power project located at Chor Chartola of Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria, kicked off commercial operation on Monday. The plant used state-of-the-art engines manufactured by the engine manufacturing company Rolls Royce, Norway, said a company statement. This power plant will generate and supply electricity to state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for 15 years from the date of commercial operation, as per the contract. This power plant is one of the fast-track power projects awarded by the government last year.
Category: Power
PM to open seven power plants Thursday
October 31, 2018 Wednesday 7:22 PM By BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to inaugurate seven newly-constructed power plants and programs ensuring 100 percent power coverage in 102 upazilas on Thrusday. “The Prime Minister will also lay foundation stones of two energy related projects on Thursday through videoconferencing from her official residence Gono Bhaban at 10am,” said State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid. Addressing a press briefing at Bydut Bhaban, he said electricity generation capacity reached to 20,430 MW (captive and renewable), four times higher than 2009. The Prime Minister will inaugurate seven power plants, activities of 100 percent power coverage in 102 upazilas and lay foundation stones of two energy projects. “Currently 92 percent people are getting electricity, which was only 47 percent before 2009. We have provided power connections to 2.03 crore consumers during the same period,” Nasrul said. He said the government has brought over two crore people under power coverage through 53 lakh solar home systems, adding “Presently 55 power plants having 13,654 MW electricity generation capacity are under construction. Besides, tender is being processed for setting up more 23 power plants having 7,461 MW capacity.” The state minister said the government has also undertaken a plant to construct 19 power plants with 20,156 MW generation capacity, adding, “The government has brought 102 upazilas under 100 power coverage.” The 102 upazilas which came under 100 percent power coverage are Nababganj, Dohar, Kashiani, Muksudpur, Gopalganj Sadar, Mithamoin, Tarail, Itna, Hossianpur, Kishorganj Sadar, Bajitpur, Srimangal, Natore Sadar, Naldanga, Gurudaspur, Puthia, Charghata, Bagha, Tanor, Chitalmari, Chaugachha,Jhikargachha, Keshobpur, Jibonnagar, Damurhuda, Pirojpur Sadar, Harirampur, Saturia, Gheor, Atrai, Mohadebpur, Raninagar, Niamatpur, Jhalakathi Sadar, Rajapur, Pabna Sadar, Biswanat, Gopalganj, Jointapur, Balaganj, Dumuria, Feni Sadar, Kushtia Sadar, Kumarkhali, Fulbari, Kaharol, Ramganj, Rangunia, Chandanaish, Satkania, Anwara, Bijoynagar, Kasba, Banchharampur, Chandina, Brahmanpara, Lalmai, Titash, Meghna, Homna, Daudkandi, Nangolkot, Burichang, Laksham, Chouddagram, Chatkhil, Sonaimuri, Dakhin Sunamganj, Taraganj, Rangpur Sadar, Tala, Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Teknaf, Gangni, Doulatkhan, tojumuddin, Sirajganj Sadar, Rayganj, Tarash, Chouhali, Madaripur Sadar, nilphamari Sadar, Kaliganj, Kaliakoir, Shariatpur Sadar, Damuddya, Chandpur Sadar, Sarasti, Hajiganj, haimchar, Sonargaon, Nandigram, Sonatala, Dupchachia, Bogra Sadar, Kahalu, Adamdighi, Shajahanpur, Charbhadrasan, Alfadanga, Magura Sadar and Sripur. The state minister said the government has been working tirelessly in a planned way to ensure a balanced development where each house will get electricity connection by 2021. He mentioned that socioeconomic development can be ensured after the development of communication and power connections. “Keeping that in mind, we’re working to ensure 100 percent electricity supply for every citizen,” he added. Nasrul said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman liberated the country aiming to make Bangladesh free from poverty and hunger. Prime Minister’s Energy, Power and Mineral Resources Advisor Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Hena M Rahmatul Munim, Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board Chairman Major General (Retd) Moin Uddin, Bangladesh Power Development Board Chairman Engineer Khaled Mahmood and Power Cell Director General Engineer Mohammad Hossain were present.  
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