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NESCO proposes 15.30% retail power price hike
State-owned Northern Electricity Supply Company Ltd (NESCO) on Wednesday proposed hiking its electricity tariff by 15.30 percent considering the proposed increase in bulk tariff.   NESCO presented the proposal at the public hearing organised by Bangladeshi Energy Regulatory Commission or BERC at the TCB Auditorium in Dhaka. According to the company`s proposal, the existing average retail tariff is Tk 6.73 per unit while it wants it to be raised to Tk 7.76 per unit.  NESCO is a new state-owned company which was established in October last year in the districts under Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions taking over the power distribution activities from the Power Development Board. Placing the proposal at the public hearing arranged by the BERC, Md Zakiul Islam, Managing Director of the NESCO, said they need to raise the tariff to cover its loss because of enhanced staff salary and some development works. The BERC technical committee, which evaluated the tariff hike proposal, said the company may raise its tariff maximum by Tk 0.89 per unit.
Public hearing on bulk power tariff reduction Thursday
October 4, 2017 Wednesday 9:04 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) will hold a public hearing on Thursday on a proposal placed by the Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) to reduce the bulk power tariff. This is for the first time that the energy watchdog is entertaining such a proposal from the consumer rights group for public hearing. CAB has proposed reducing the bulk tariff price by Tk 1.32 per unit taking different measures and implementing the previous BERC order to ensure the purchase of least cost electricity by Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB). Earlier, the BERC started public hearings on September 25 by entertaining a proposal of state-owned PDB to raise the power tariff by 22.24 percent or Tk 1.09 per unit at the bulk level. Currently, the bulk tariff of per unit electricity is Tk 4.90. The PDB wants it to be refixed at Tk 5.99. A technical evaluation committee of the regulator, which thoroughly examined the BPDB proposal, found gross inconsistency in the BPDB`s accounting statements and recommended a rise by only 11.78 percent to Tk 5.41 per unit. The CAB and other consumers groups strongly opposed the PDB’s proposal and placed their counter proposal to reduce the tariff by Tk 1.32 per unit. Against this backdrop, BERC Chairman Monowar Islam accepted the proposal and issued an order to hold a public hearing on it. However, the energy regulator, headed by its chairman, will take the final decision on the tariff hike proposal within 90 days on conclusion of the current series of hearings. In the CAB proposal, submitted by its advisor Prof M Shamsul Alam, it was shown that the PDB could easily save about Tk 6661 crore by taking some measures.   
Category: Power
BPDB seeks 14.74% hike; regulator’s technical body recommends 11.78%
September 25, 2017 Monday 11:13 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
The technical evaluation committee of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has recommended hiking of the bulk electricity price by Tk 0.54 (11.78 per cent) per unit instead of Tk 0.87 (14.78 per cent) proposed by the state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB). The committee made the recommendation after holding a discussion and hearing on the PDB proposal at BERC office in Dhaka on Monday. BPDB submitted the price hike proposal to BERC earlier on February 20. On the other hand, Consumer rights groups, business bodies and left leaning political parties strongly opposed the government entity’s power tariff hike proposal at the public hearing that began at the TCB Auditorium.  The technical evaluation committee of the regulator, which thoroughly examined the BPDB proposal, found gross inconsistency in the BPDB’s accounting statements and recommended a rise by only 11.78 percent to Tk 5.41per unit. However, the BERC, headed by its chairman, will take the final decision on the tariff hike proposal on conclusion of the current series of hearings. BERC chairman Monwar Islam presided over the public hearing session while other members of the regulatory body -- Rahman Murshed, Abdul Aziz Khan, Mizanur Rahman, and Masudul Haque Bhuiyan -- were present on the occasion. The BPDB urged the regulator to raise the power tariff both at the bulk and retail levels while the distribution companies called for enhancing tariff at the retail level only.  Opposing the BPDB’s proposal, CAB adviser Prof Shamsul Alam raised a volley of questions about the justification of the proposal saying it is mysterious that why BPDB does not supply gas to generate power at low cost. But that gas is diverted to private power plants and BPDB is forced to buy power at much higher rates. He said liquid fuel is supplied to BPDB at much higher rates which the private plants are getting at much lower rates. Shamsul Alam said if such discriminations, distortions and irregularities are removed, the BPDB will not need to raise power tariff at the bulk level. “If the bulk level price is up, the retail level will go up.” The BERC will hold a public hearing on retail tariff proposal of BPDB on Tuesday.
Category: Power
Public hearing on power price change starts Sept 25
September 24, 2017 Sunday 11:20 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) will hold public hearings for seven days in two phases from September 25 on price change for bulk and retail electricity. The public hearings would be held from September 25 to 28 and from October 2 to 4, on proposals submitted by six state-owned electricity production and distribution companies, to fix new bulk and retail power tariffs, said BERC Secretary Md Mahbubur Rahman. All companies and agencies from the power sector have already submitted their proposals to BERC on electricity price change at the retail level and the BERC has formally accepted the proposals. The hearing on bulk power tariff proposals of the Power Development Board (PDB) will be held on September 25, retail proposals of the PDB on September 26, Rural Electrification Board (REB) on September 27, Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) on September 28, Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) on October 2, West Zone Power Company on October 3 and North-West Zone Power Distribution Company on October 4. On February 20, the state-owned PDB sent a proposal to BERC to increase the power tariff at bulk level by Tk0.72 per unit.
Category: Power
Wärtsilä to supply 220 MW power plant to Bangladesh`s Orion Group
September 21, 2017 Thursday 10:57 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply two more power plants to Bangladesh. Orion Group, one of the country’s leading industrial conglomerates, is developing two 110 MW power plants, each of which will operate on six Wärtsilä 50 engines running on heavy fuel oil (HFO). The Wärtsilä order was booked in July, 2017, said a press release from Wärtsilä. The contract for these base load plants follows a string of power plant orders that Wärtsilä has received from Bangladeshi companies. The country continues to invest in developing its energy infrastructure in order to meet the electric needs for industrial developments, and to overcome a general power shortage. The two equipment supply contracts are for the Orion Power Rupsha and the Orion Power Sonargaon projects. The Rupsha plant, located in Lodonchora, is being developed on a fast-track schedule and is due to become fully operational in May 2018. The six Wärtsilä 50 engines will be delivered in December of this year. The Sonargaon plant is scheduled to be in operation by August, 2018 with the Wärtsilä delivery scheduled for January of that year. The electricity generated by these plants will be fed to the national grid. “We have previously installed Wärtsilä engines in three other power plant projects and we have had very good experience with them. Both the equipment and the support we receive from the company are reliable and efficient, and we are very pleased to have them as a partner in these two important projects,” commented Salman Karim, Managing Director of Orion Power. Wärtsilä’s ability to deliver in accordance with the tight scheduling needs of these contracts was cited as being an important factor in the award of these contracts. Furthermore, the low heat rate of the Wärtsilä 50 engine fulfills the customer’s expectations. These latest deliveries will bring Wärtsilä’s total installed base in Bangladesh to more than 3700 MW.
Category: Power
EPC deal signed to build 150 MW power plant in Ashuganj
September 21, 2017 Thursday 10:32 AM By UNB
Midland East Power Ltd, a local private company, on September 17 signed an EPC (engineering, procurement construction) contract with a Chinese-Bangladeshi consortium for construction of a 150 MW furnace oil-based power plant in Ashuganj in the country. The consortium of CRRC Siynang Co,. Ltd of China and local Green Power Ltd undertook the job to work as EPC contractor. The Midland won the project from the government on unsolicited basis to set up the power plant and sale electricity as independent power producer (IPP). State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shariar Alam, who was present at the signing ceremony at a local hotel, welcomed the deal and called both the sponsor and EPC contractor to make efforts for timely the implementation of the project so that the government can take power as per its schedule. As per schedule, the sponsor will have to set up the project within 9 months from the date of contract to be signed with government. The State Minister urged to remain cautious about the condition of the project to avert punishment saying that if the sponsor fails to implement the project as per schedule, it will have to face penalty. Managing director of Midland Power Rezaul Hayat, Green Power managing director Sheikh Ehsanul Habib and officials of the CRRC also spoke on the occasion. Officials said Eastern Bank and IDCOL have been financing the project.
Category: Power
United Group wins 200 MW power plant in Mymensingh
September 21, 2017 Thursday 10:27 AM By UNB
Local conglomerate United Group have won the contract to build another 200MW furnace oil-fired power plant in Mymensingh. United were awarded a BOO, or build-operate-own contract for the project, which means after a specified period during which United will first set it up, as well as manage production of the electricity at the plant, all of which would be sold to the government. Cabinet purchase committee on Wednesday approved a proposal of the Power Development Board (PDB) to purchase electricity from independent power producer (IPP) project at a tariff of 10.7 cents per kilowatt hour (Tk 8.5 per unit) for next 15 years. The plant will run at 80 percent plant factor with 12 percent discount factor. To purchase all the electricity produced at the plant over the next 15 years, the government will pay Tk 17,640 crore. However, in a condition attached to the contract, United will have to set up the plant within 9 months of signing of the contract – that is expected to take place in the near future. Earlier, United Group won and implemented a number of IPP projects. The cabinet body, with AMA Muhith in the chair, also approved another proposal of Power Ministry to award a contract to supply 23,211 distribution transformers. Local firm Confidence Electric Ltd won the contract at a cost of Tk 170 crore.
Category: Power
Mostafa Kamal made new advisor of Summit Power Limited
September 16, 2017 Saturday 12:33 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Summit Power Limited, the largest independent power producer in Bangladesh, has recently appointed Md. Mostafa Kamal as its new advisor. On his appointment he said, “I am pleased to be a part of Summit Power that employs numerous Bangladeshi engineers by creating high skilled jobs and has great track record in technology transfer.” Prior to joining Summit, he held important positions such as Managing Director of Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCBL), Director IPP Cell, Chief Engineer (Generation), Member (Distribution and Generation) in Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and also Director General, Power Cell under Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources. He is a B.Sc. Engineer (Mechanical) from BUET.    
Category: Power
Bhola power plant to use GE technical support
September 16, 2017 Saturday 12:14 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
General Electric (GE) has recently announced that it has been selected by the Shapoorji Pallonji Group (SP Group) to supply the power generation equipment for the upcoming 220-megawatt (MW) combined cycle power plant in the Bhola district of Bangladesh, the company said in a press statement. This will be GE’s second power plant in Bhola of the same capacity with the first being commissioned in 2015. The announcement continues GE’s regional leadership in delivering innovative technologies and state-of-the-art equipment to its power generation customers in South Asia, strengthening GE’s installed base in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. “The Bhola power project will be an important milestone for the Shapoorji Pallonji Group in Bangladesh, contributing towards increasing the country’s power generation capacity. GE’s technological prowess and on-the-ground local market expertise proved to be a huge advantage for our teams right through the process of configuration selection, to submission of cutting edge performance parameters and detailed proposal to the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).
Category: Power
BPDB signs agreement with Indian company to buy 220 MW power
August 28, 2017 Monday 10:10 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The state-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) signed the power purchase agreement (PPA) with Nutan Bidyut Bangladesh Limited, a newly formed power company by Shapoorji Pallonji Group of India, for procuring 220 megawatt (MW) electricity in the country. The Shapoorji Pallonji will set up the duel fuel power plant at Borhanuddin island of Bhola district within next 28 months and start commercial operation by December 2019. Secretary of BPDB Mina Masud-uz-Zaman and J Sinha Mahapatra Director of Nutan Bidyut Bangladesh Limited signed the PPA on behalf of their respective sides at the Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka on Monday. The BPDB would purchase electricity from the plant for next 22 years at tariff of 3.9830 US Cent (equivalent to Tk 3.1864 per unit) per kilowatt hour for gas-fired generation and 16.9621 US Cent (equivalent to Tk 13.57 per unit) when the plant will run by diesel at 212 MW capacity. Welcoming the deal with Shapoorji Pallonji, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid noted it is the first Indian company which has moved to set up a power plant here with hundred percent private investment. Urging the Indian company to complete its project before the next general election, he said the government has a plan to increase power generation by 2,000 MW each year. The function was addressed, among others, by Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Petrobangla Chairman Abul Mansur Md. Faizullah and BPDB chairman Khaled Mahmood.
Category: Power
Govt endorses bids to set up 10 IPP power plants
August 10, 2017 Thursday 1:23 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government on Wednesday approved proposals of signing deals for setting up 10 diesel and furnace oil-fired independent power producer (IPP) plants. Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement gave the approval at a meeting at Bangladesh Secretariat with Finance Minister A M A Muhith in the chair. Briefing newsmen after the meeting Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Mustafizur Rahman said from the newly-approved IPP plants per unit of diesel-fired electricity will cost the exchequer Tk 19.66 to Tk 19.99, while the furnace oil-fired electricity will cost Tk 8.25 to Tk 8.37 per unit. Presently more than two dozens of IPP plants are in operation, from where the government buys electricity.  Under the new approval, APR Energy will set up a 300 megawatt (MW) diesel-fired power plant for next five years at Keraniganj in Dhaka. The plant will sell its electricity to the government at Tk 19.99 per kilowatt hour. Aggreko International Projects Ltd will establish a diesel-fired 200 MW power plant at Keraniganj for five-year term and charge the exchequer Tk 19.66 per unit. Acorn Infrastructure Services Ltd will set up a 100 MW furnace oil-fired power plant in Chittagong for next 15 years. The plant will charge Tk 8.259 for each unit of electricity. Bangla Track Ltd will establish two power plants - one in Nowapara of Jessore and another in Daudkandi of Comilla - which will produce 300 MW of electricity during the next five years. The company will charge the government Tk 19.99 for per unit of electricity. Confidence Power Holdings Ltd has been given an approval to set up a 113 MW furnace oil-fired power plant in Bogra for the next 15 years and charge the exchequer Tk 8.33 against per unit of electricity. Desh Energy Ltd will set up a 200 MW furnace oil-fired power plant in Chandpur for next 15 years, and it will charge the government Tk 8.37 per unit. Midland Power Co Ltd is given approval for setting up a 150 MW power plant in Brammombaria for next fifteen years. The furnace oil-fired plant will charge Tk 8.25 against supplying per unit of electricity. Orion Power Meghnaghat Ltd will set up a 105 MW furnace oil-fired power plant in Khulna for 15 years and charge Tk 8.33 per unit. A 300 MW power plant in Gazipur, to be built by Consortium of Summit Corporation and Summit Power Ltd, will charge the exchequer Tk 8.33 against per unit of electricity during the next 15 years.
Category: Power
New transmission line planned for 1,000MW power from India
August 1, 2017 Tuesday 11:25 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government is planning to set up another transmission line from Bheramara to Baharampur of India to import 1,000 megawatts of electricity from the neighbouring country.  The existing transmission line, through which 500MW power now being imported from India, won’t suffice to carry the new 1,000MW electricity smoothly, although its capacity is being raised to 1,000MW, says the Power Division. The Power Division has prepared a new project of Tk 188 crore and placed it at the Planning Commission for approval to construct the second double circuit 400kV line, the officials have said. However, the Planning Commission has raised questions about the new plan, pointing fingers at power division’s weak plan to import power from India. It said there should have been a proper plan to construct the first line with a higher capacity since the Power System Master plan 2010 seeks to import 3,500MW power from India. Apart from wasting money, the 28kms new transmission line will also waste land because of the poor-planned construction of the first transmission line, observed the Commission. “Constructing the second line would not have been necessary, had the 30kms first line was constructed with 1,000MW transmission capacity,” the Commission said in its project evaluation report. In a meeting of the 11th Joint Working Group (JWG) held in Dhaka on July 13 last year, officials of both the countries agreed to construct the second transmission line, official sources said. Accordingly, the Joint Technical Team (JTT) conducted a survey on the proposed new line and prepared a detail project report (DPR). Now, Bangladesh is importing 500MW of power from India through a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Back-to-Back station and Bheramara-Baharmpur 400kV double circuit transmission line through a the India-Bangladesh power grid interlink. A project is also underway to raise the existing HVDC back-to-back station’s capacity from 500MW to 1,000MW, but the power division says it won’t be enough to ensure uninterrupted transmission of another lot of 1,000MW power. The Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) wants to construct the new line by June next year.  For the new transmission line, aluminum conductor steel re-inforced (ACSR) Twin Finch wire will be used in Bangladesh portion and the same category Twin Moose wire will be used in India portion, although PGCB usually uses aluminum conductor composite core (ACCC). In addition to the transmission line, two 400kV bays will be expanded in the existing 400/230kV sub-station in Bheramara under the new project being processed at the Planning Commission. Source: Daily Sun
Category: Power
Cabinet approves new electricity law with tougher provisions
July 31, 2017 Monday 10:04 PM By BSS
The cabinet with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair gave final approval to the draft of Biddut Ain, 2017` with tougher provisions against sabotage, destruction of the power infrastructure and illegal practices of pilferage. "The draft proposed for minimum seven years and maximum 10 years of imprisonment and highest penalty of Taka 10 crore or both for any sabotage or destruction in any electricity infrastructure or damage to power stations, sub-stations, power lines, poles and equipments," Cabinet Secretary M Shafiul Alam told a media briefing after the meeting on Monday. He said the new electricity law proposed introduction of independent system operator (ISO) to operate the country`s power system in a coordinated manner as well as ensuring better load management. Today`s cabinet meeting, he said, said also approved four other proposed laws in its weekly meeting at Bangladesh Secretariat. Alam said the new electricity law would replace the original Electricity Act framed in 1910 and will bar PDB, DESCO and DESA to set up new lines or conduct any public works in their jurisdiction without informing concerned higher authorities. The law also proposed tougher punitive actions for committing any offence or wrongdoing by the officials and employees of the power sector like giving illegal connection or doing any faulty works. "The law proposed In general that any employee for involvement in any offence will get six months imprisonment and penalty of of Taka 10 thousand or both," he said.
Category: Power
Rampal power plant construction to continue: Tawfiq-e-Elahi
July 31, 2017 Monday 9:49 PM By BSS
The construction work of Rampal Power Plant will continue as the UNESCO has endorsed the government`s scientific statement at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee. "Necessary infrastructure will also be constructed at the site as per recommendations of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO," Prime Minister`s Energy Affairs Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, told a press conference over the Rampal power plant project at Bidyut Bhaban on Monday. He said that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) made it clear that no large-scale infrastructure should be constructed at the plant area before a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in the region. The government is constructing a 1,320-MW coal-based power plant at Rampal aimed at improving the country`s power generation capacity. "We will carry out the SEA in two years, while a progress report of the SEA would be prepared by 2018. We will also take mitigation measures based on the environmental assessment," Dr Towfiq Chowdhury said. He said the government is also aware about the largest mangrove forests Sundarbans, as a world heritage site, adding, "We will monitor the project as well as the environment closely to take quick mitigation measures." The government successfully submitted its scientific and logical statement at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO as an observer of the session, the advisor said. He said that member states of the session supported and raised voice in favour of the scientific statement and then the 21-member committee endorsed it by withdrawing the earlier objection for setting up the plant at its current site. The committee in its decision also welcomed Bangladesh for postponing construction of the Rampal Power Plant unit-2 alongside a number of steps taken by the government to ensure conservation of the Sundarbans, Dr Towfiq said. He said reports published in many newspapers quoting the UNESCO and its 41st session`s decisions are confusing and misguided. During the press conference, Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus, chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) Khaled Mahmud and Director General of Power Cell Engineer Mohammad Hossain were present.
Category: Power
Power sector working with 4 innovative ideas for hassle free service
July 25, 2017 Tuesday 12:01 PM By BSS
The country’s power sector is working with four innovative ideas to provide quick, hassle free and digital services to the consumers. “These innovative ideas would resolve problems in the power sector and ensure quick, hassle free and digital service to the electricity clients,” Prime Minister’s Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Affairs Advisor Dr Towfir-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Bir Bikram, said on Sunday. Addressing a function here on the occasion of the first ever National Public Service Day-2017, as the chief guest, he said four companies including Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) introduced the innovative projects to reach service to the doorsteps of all consumers. Regarding the recent power shortage in the country as a national power grid broke due to cyclone, he said the government should always be ready to take mitigation measures considering risks in the power sector. “The power sector officials should conceive innovative ideas, discover themselves with more advanced initiatives and get engaged in the service to the clients to ensure better future of the nation,” the advisor said. Chaired by power division secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, the programme was also addressed by Senior Secretary of the Public Administration Ministry Dr M Mozammel Haq Khan as the special guest. Dr Khan said as the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is one of the keys to the overall progress, the consumers’ right must be protected in this sector along with making the electricity billing system more transparent. Replying to a query about availability of prepaid meter card on electricity Dr Kaikaus said the prepaid card would be available in seven days a week, now available in five days while two days remain closed due to weekly holidays. He said the power division organised the function marking the National Public Service Day-2017 aimed at making the power division’s works people friendly. Speakers said that the government fixed its target to reach power generation capacity to 24,000 MR in 2021, 40,000 MW in 2030 and 60,000 MW in 2041. They said now the power generation capacity reached to 15, 379 MW and 80 percent people are getting electricity facility across the country. The foremost goal of the government is to achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030.
Category: Power
Cabinet body approves 250 MW power import from India
July 20, 2017 Thursday 1:03 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The cabinet committee on purchase on Wednesday extended the tenure for importing 250MW power from India by another six months. The price of electricity during this extended tenure will be Tk 6.06 per kWh, down from the existing price of Tk 6.14. The existing 3 years deal will expire on July 31. The extension of 250 MW power deal with India got approval of the Cabinet body at its meeting held with Finance Minister AMA Muhith in the chair. The Power Division’s proposal to extend the existing deal for another six months to import 250 MW power from Indian open market through Power Trading Corporation (PTC) received the committee nod. The Cabinet body approved some tender proposals of Rural Electrification Board (REB) for procuring transformers, electric poles, conductors and other equipment. Of these, Toshiba Trading and Distribution Company, India won a contract to supply 26,000 distribution transformers at Tk 1.83 billion while four separate companies won the contracts under 5 lots to supply conductors and ACSR (Bare and Insulated) at Tk 3.46 billion. Local company TS Trading won a contract to supply 23,210 distribution transformers at Tk 1.70 billion while other local companies Gemcon and Sheltech won the contract to supply 115,420 SPC poles at Tk 2.24 billion under separate lots. Local company EnergyPac’s two tender proposals to supply and construct total six 33/11 kV substations at Tk 380.2 million received the Cabinet body’s nod.  
Category: Power
Govt to set up 150MW power plant in Saidpur
July 20, 2017 Thursday 11:58 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government is set to build a diesel-fired 150 megawatt power plant in Saidpur, the fuel for which will be imported from India. The cabinet committee on economic affairs on Wednesday approved the proposal for setting up the power plant through financing under an export credit agency. This means the power division will invite tenders and the successful bidder will arrange the financing for the power plant. Fuel for the proposed power plant will be imported from Numaligarh in India through a 10-inch wide pipeline, according to the power division proposal. The construction of a friendship pipeline to supply gasoil from Siliguri to Parbatipur will be financed by grant-in-aid. Bangladesh and India formally launched the commercial supply of high speed diesel (HSD) during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina`s New Delhi visit in April this year. India plans to build a pipeline to carry HSD to Bangladesh. Until the project is completed, HSD will be transported from Assam`s Numaligarh refinery to Bangladesh via rail and one such consignment was flagged off by the two prime ministers.
Category: Power
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