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Continuation of subsidy for poor people on energy price suggested
Speakers at a seminar on Saturday said the government must continue subsidy for the poor people even after fixing the energy price on the basis of the market value. They said the energy price might raise three folds in the next 10 years obviously in a transparent way but it should be contained within the limit of the poor people by increasing efficiency in the energy sector. The seminar on Energy Tariff and National Economy was organised by the Forum for Energy Reporters Bangladesh (FERB) at the Biduyt Bhaban in the city. State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid addressed the seminar as the chief guest and energy expert Professor Dr M Tamim presented the keynote paper. Nasrul Hamid said the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would supply electricity to all citizens (100%) by 2018, adding, “But it will take more time to supply uninterrupted electricity with subsidy to continue to meet the energy demand.” He said the government is importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) with initiatives already taken to rebate VAT and tax on LNG. “We have to bring changes in our plans keeping pace with the global situation as the LNG and oil prices are declining in the world market. As a result, we have to pay attention to that for alternative fuel aimed at ensuring energy security.” “The cost for coal fired power plants will increase due to modern and latest technology and environmental impacts,” the state minister said. The government would fix power tariff through consultation with all concerned, he said adding, the main objective of the government is to ensure energy security and provide electricity to every household on an affordable price. Professor Dr M Tamim said the fuel mix is the principal driving force behind electricity pricing, as energy prices have been lower (sometime much lower) than market prices aided by government subsidy (direct and tacit). “With the economy growing fast and getting bigger, the energy price must reflect market price. Predicting future pricing is challenging because, shifting fuel mix, uncertain demand forecast, changes in international energy price, government subsidy/loan policy, government policy/priority shift in energy decision,” he said. Professor Tamim, also former special assistant to the chief advisor, said while fixing the prices of fuel at the market price, the poor people will have to continue the subsidy, adding, “The price predictability is extremely important for Industries, especially for electricity.” He said the generation cost was Taka 6.27/kWh in 2014-15 whereas the cost went down to Taka 5.55/kWh in 15-16 against an average bulk sale of Taka 4.9 reducing subsidy substantially. Tamim highlighted the chronology of World and Bangladesh gas price like in 1974 gas price was Taka 3.7 at consumer level, while it was only $ 0.46 (mcf) in power sector and the price rose to Taka 73.91 and $ 1.07 in 2007, adding, “Many factors will affect the price of fuel. The price of fuel will be fixed at the market price.” He also suggested in his keynote that the LPG price should be kept in the market with the combination of gas pipeline, adding, “The government should not control the price of fuel in any situation.” Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission Member Mizanur Rahman said, “If the price of primary fuel changes, electricity price will also be changed. But the fuel price will always be kept under purchasing capacity of the common people.” Bangladesh Power Development Board Chairman Khaled Mahmud said that efforts have been taken to increase efficiency in power production, adding, “The old power plants are being phased out.” Power Cell Director General Engineer Mohammad Hossain said that the government should have control over the energy sector’s price to ensure energy security for all. Professor Shamsul Alam, advisor to the Consumers Association of Bangladesh said that transparency should be ensured in the energy policy and then all problems will be resolved. Imran Karim, vice-president of the Bangladesh Independent Power Producers Association, a private power producer`s organisation, said that the bill has to be paid without using gas. That`s why the appropriate meters have to be provided in the industry and enhance fuel supply in the sector.
Bangladeshi children attend international camp in Russia
August 16, 2017 Wednesday 12:24 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Fifteen Bangladeshi children attended the Rosatom School International Children’s Camp ended on August 6 at the Ocean Children`s Center in Vladivostok, Russia. The approximately 20 day camp, supported by Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation-Rosatom and Russia’s federal agency for international co-operation Rossotrudnichestvo, was participated by 126 children from eight countries, said a press release. “Organization and implementation of the Rosatom School International Children’s Camp is a challenging and fascinating task. As a rule, participants gather at such places to study the global language or to solve several subject-specific tasks. According to the participants the Russian international camp is very different from the camps they visited before. The Rosatom School International Children’s Camp is unique thanks to the opportunity to choose various activities, communication in various languages, development of creative and intellectual products, work with cultural contexts, its friendly and happy environment,” said Natalia Shurochkova, Head of the Rosatom school project. The camp included various programs including a number of workshops for participants, where each child could find what he or she wanted to do and learn things, which usually are not taught at schools. During each workshop, adult moderators created challenging situations for children which they had to address through joint efforts. As a result, children speaking different languages learnt to understand each other using verbal and non-verbal means of communication, found points of interaction and built partnerships. One of the most impressive results of joint activities is the Rosatom School: Designing the Future Together. With various installations in the background, the children organized an improvised performance in which they caught each other’s ideas and reacted in accordance with their own ideas. Besides, the Rosatom school project gave each child an opportunity to feel like a professional diplomat. The children could test various diplomatic approaches, established states and found allies, demonstrating patience and inventiveness. Alexander Zubko, Honorary Consul of Bangladesh in Vladivostok, met the participants of the international camp.  He pointed out that a small step into the great future has already been made thanks to the Rosatom School project.
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Nasrul for diversifying fuel mix to keep price rational
July 30, 2017 Sunday 10:50 AM By BSS
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the fuel mix is being diversified to keep its price rational and tolerant level. “The main objective of the government is to ensure energy security and provide electricity to every household with affordable price,” he told as the chief guest a seminar titled “Energy Scenario and Prospect of Petroleum and Mining Engineering in Bangladesh” at the Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) here on Saturday. Director General of Power Cell Engineer Mohammad Hossain presented a keynote paper on ‘the power and energy sectors’ achievement and future work plan.’ Commandant of MIST Major General M Abul Khayer and Professor of Geology Department of Dhaka University Dr Badrul Imam spoke on the occasion. Nasrul laid emphasize on the need for gas exploration in shallow and deep sea along with increasing natural gas production. The state minister said the LPG is now being used in almost 70 percent of the households, adding, if there had a deep sea port in the country, the price of LPG would have been much lower. However, efforts are being taken to reduce its price.
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Engr. Bikash Dewan made managing director of DPDC
June 22, 2017 Thursday 11:40 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Engr. Bikash Dewan has appointed the Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) Limited as managing director on Thursday. Previously he was working as a chief engineer (planning and design) of Bangladesh Power Development Board. Bikash earned his B.Sc. Eng. degree from former Bangladesh Institute of Technology, Chittagong, abbreviated as BIT Chittagong is presently Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET). He was born on January 11, 1959 in Rangamati.
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Three electrocuted in Jhenaidah
June 17, 2017 Saturday 10:52 PM By BSS
Three people were electrocuted in separate incidents in the district today. The deceased were identified as Bulu Biswas, 30, a resident at Ramnagar village of Harinakuda upazila, Sujon Hossain, 18, of Vutiargati village in Sadar upazila and Abul Kashem, 25, hailed from Hudaputia village under Sadar upazila. Police said Bulu Biswas was electrocuted and died this morning when working on domestic electric line at his cow`s house. Besides, Sujon was electrocuted after being caught by electric cable lying on the crop field while working there at Vutiargati village. Meanwhile, Abul Kashem was electrocuted as he came in touch with a live electric wire at his village home. Locals rushed him to Jhenaidah Sadar Hospital where on duty doctors declared him dead.
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Shahin Ahmed Chowdhury made EPRC chairman
May 29, 2017 Monday 11:23 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government has appointed a new chairman for Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (EPRC). Public Administration Ministry has issued a circular in this regard on Sunday. Shahin Ahmed Chowdhury, additional secretary and director general of Women Affairs Department has been made the new chairman of the EPRC with the status of an acting secretary.  
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Anwar Hossain new Science and Technology Secretary
April 30, 2017 Sunday 11:19 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Md Anwar Hossain has been made as acting secretary of the Science and Technology Ministry. The Ministry of Public Administration issued a circular in this regard on Sunday. An official of 1984 batch of the BCS cadre, Anwar worked as the additional secretary at the same Ministry before his new job.
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MIDAS will conduct a baseline survey for access to energy in Bangladesh
March 27, 2017 Monday 11:21 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Micro Industries Development Assistance and Services (MIDAS), a promotional organisation in the private sector, will conduct a baseline survey for global multi-tier measurement for access to energy in Bangladesh. Funded by the World Bank, it will the first time, such type of survey will be conducted in the country. Engr Mohammad Hossain, director general of Power Cell and Dr A S M Mashi-ur-Rahman, managing director of MIDAS signed an agreement in this regard on behalf of their respective organisations on Monday in Dhaka. Mohammad Amzad Hossain, director of Power Cell, Ziaul Moquit, senior general manager and Md Ebrahim Hossain, assistant general manager of MIDAS were also present on the agreement ceremony.
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India proposes petrochemical product export
March 20, 2017 Monday 9:25 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
India has expressed its willingness to export petrochemical products to Bangladesh. A proposal in this connection was floated at the second energy dialogue between the two countries held in Dhaka Saturday, said a press release. Secretary of the Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) Nazim Uddin Chowdhury led the Bangladesh side while, India`s Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas K D Tripathi led the neighbouring country`s delegation during the meeting. Indian delegation, however, did not provide details on the quantity of petrochemical products that the country intends to export. They also discussed other issues of mutual cooperation, which include oil and gas exploration activities of Indian ONGC Videsh Ltd in the Bay of Bengal, proposals of Petronet and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) on construction of separate liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, natural gas import from Turkmenistan and Iran through India. The two delegations also discussed on joint initiatives from India and Bangladesh to import natural gas from Myanmar, Bangladesh`s import of diesel from Numaligarh refinery of Assam, construction of a LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) bottling plant and terminal and blue economy. Saturday`s dialogue was the second of its kind. The first such dialogue took place in June 2016 in New Delhi and the third one is scheduled to be held in March 2018.
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Govt appoints a new chairman and three new members for BERC
February 1, 2017 Wednesday 10:19 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
The government has appointed a new chairman and three new members for the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC). Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) on Wednesday issued a circular regarding these new appointments. Monowar Islam, the immediate past secretary of the Power Division was appointed as the new chairman. As the new members, former chief engineer of Bangladesh Power Development Board Md Mizanur Rahman, former managing director of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd Md Abdul Aziz Khan and former additional secretary Md Mahmudul Haq Bhuiyah were appointed. As per the condition of the appointment, the new chairman and the members cannot engaged in any businesses related with power and energy sector.
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Engr. Monzurul made chairman of Atomic Energy Commission
February 1, 2017 Wednesday 2:08 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Engr. Md  Monzurul Haque has joined as the current charge of chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) on January 30. Previously he was working as a member (engineering) of the organisation. He started his career in BAEC in 1981 as an assistant engineer. In his 35-years-long career, he has glorious contributions to the research and development activities of BAEC. He has got a good number of national and international publications. Monzurul has been a mastermind of many successful national projects focusing on enhancement and up-gradation of research and development activities of BAEC. He has been a very active and successful steering committee member of Asian Nuclear Safety Network (ANSN). He earned his B.Sc. Eng. (electrical and electronics) degree from BUET in 1981. He has got professional trainings in various countries of the world including USA, Slovenia, Indonesia, Yugoslavia, India, Japan, Korea etc. He participated in various technical meetings, seminars, workshops in many different countries e.g., Austria, China, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Greece, Korea, Japan and Philippine. Monzurul Haque was born on September 1, 1958 at Saidpur in the district of Nilphamari. 
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Habib Uddin made new MD of Barapukuria Coal Mining
January 31, 2017 Tuesday 10:55 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Engr Habib Uddin Ahmed has joined as the new managing director of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL) on Tuesday. Previously he was working as a General Manager (Marketing) of the same company. A mechanical engineering graduate from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Habib also worked as the general manager in the mining operations division. He also completed an extensive course on coal mining technology from the China University of Mining and Technology.
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State Minister of power, energy comes live on Facebook page
January 31, 2017 Tuesday 10:40 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
For the first time state minister of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Nasrul Hamid is coming live on Facebook page for answering different questions regarding various aspects of power and energy sector. State Minister declares it on his Facebook page on Tuesday. He invites everyone to join with him on Facebook. He will answer questions regarding power and energy sector live on Facebook. Nasrul Hamid will join in Facebook through the page Young Bangla from 4.30 pm to 5.00 pm on February 2.
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Human chain for the speedy implementation of Rampal power plant
January 26, 2017 Thursday 10:26 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The local people in Rampal, Bagerhat have conducted a human chain on Thursday to press demand for implementing 1,320 MW coal based power plant. Under the banner, Dakkhinanchol Unnayan Parishad, the human chain was conducted at the highway of Khulna-Mongla. Local lawmaker and Awami Leage leader Talukder Abdul Khaleq led the human chain. The participants at the human chain asked for speedy implementation of the plant. They said that if the plant is implemented then it will help to foster socio-economic development in the region. They said that the implementation of the plant will not harm Sundarban. Meanwhile, the National Committee to protect oil, gas, mineral resources, power and port observed half day hartal in Dhaka. The power plant project, a joint venture by India and Bangladesh, will come up at Rampal in Bagerhat. 
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Cop suspended over assault on journos in city
January 26, 2017 Thursday 10:18 PM By UNB
A police official was suspended in connection with assault on two journalists in the city during the half-day hartal enforced by the National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas, Mineral Resources and Port-Power on Thursday. Contacted, Deputy Commissioner (Ramna Division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Maruf Hossain Sorder said the action was taken against Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) Ershad in connection with the assault. A three-member committee, headed by ADC (Admin) of Ramna Nabid Kamal, was also formed to probe the incident. The two other members are ADC Azimul Hoque and AC (Ramna) Ihsanul Hoque. The committee has been asked to submit its reports within two working days. The National Committee enforced the shutdown in the capital demanding cancellation of the Rampal power plant project near the Sundarbans. Witnesses said ATN News reporter Kazi Ehsan Bin Didar and its cameraperson Abdul Alim were physically assaulted while performing their duty at Shahbagh intersection around 1 pm during the hartal. They received treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
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Cases of energy and power sector to be disposed at BERC Tribunal from now
January 22, 2017 Sunday 10:41 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
All cases of power and energy sector will be disposed at special tribunal in Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) instead of regular court from now on, Dr Salim Mahmud the chairman of BERC Tribunal said. Even the existing cases in the higher court are being re-directed towards the tribunal, informed Mahmud at a press conference organised at the BERC headquarter in Dhaka on Sunday. The tribunal will work as a judicial council of the commission as per the BERC Act 2003. The tribunal was formed under the BERC in last year. Salim Mahmud was appointed as the chairman of the BERC Tribunal. Two other members of the seven members were also appointed. They are Mokhlesur Rahman Khandoker and Md Emdadul Haque. The process of appointing other members is also going on. The hearings of some of the cases have already started. The  tribunal could give advises to about BERC Act, policies, contracts, licenses, prices of goods to the commission on its own or as per the request of the commission. It can also give advice on the price revision proposal submitted by the distribution companies. Dr Mahmud said that the tribunal will look after all complains in the energy and power sector. There will be no need to go to the regular court. He informed that there are several thousands of cases pending in the power and energy sector. The higher court has already sent back a lot of cases to the tribunal. As per the act, the verdict given by the tribunal will be the final verdict. There will be no appeal granted in any court against the verdict given in the BERC tribunal. However as per the constitution of Bangladesh, any individual can go to higher court against the verdict to exercise his/her constitutional right. Tribunal will send its verdict to the commission for final approval. The commission will analyze the verdicts to give its observation. The act said that if there is a problem with the licensing of any company, the complaint will be placed in the tribunal. Tribunal will analyze the complaints and send its observation regarding this to the commission. The tribunal will have the power to call on for witness and make the witness appear in the court for cross-examination. The Tribunal will have the power to ask for and to present any important document for conducting the cases. It can also sought evidences supported by affidavit and preserved information in other courts. The tribunal also has the power to adjourn a hearing.
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‘Power, energy ministry to be paperless by 3 years’
January 21, 2017 Saturday 10:33 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
State minister for Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Saturday said that his ministry has been working hard for digitalising the power and energy sector. Answering the questions of the journalists during a "Meet the press" organised by Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU), Nasrul said that his ministry will soon become paperless. Nasrul informed that they are planning to install enterprise resource planning (ERP) software in all of the offices of the power sector to make process completely digitalised. So, the offices in this sector will be paperless within the next three years. “A world renowned consultant is working in this field to implement it," he said. He said the government targeted to install two crore of prepaid meters in the country and 10 lakh in the capital city, adding, “We are going to introduce smart meter to make the power sector hassle free,” “The government under the bold and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working relentlessly to provide uninterrupted electricity at a fair price,” Nasrul added.
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