With the theme ‘Indomitable Bangladesh’, the National Power and Energy Week-2016 will start on Wednesday aiming to create public awareness about power and energy conservation and their efficient use.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the week at the International Convention Centre, Bashundhara in the city at 10 am, which will continue till December 10.
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the eve of the week.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the government would celebrate 15,000 megawatt power generation capacity on December 8 at Hatirjheel in the city.
“This is a great occasion for us,” he told journalists at a press conference at Biydut Bhaban in the city on Tuesday.
“The government is expected to import Liquefied Natural Gas by 2018," he said.
Replying queries of the journalists he said that during this power week, initiatives are taken to educate general people about mega projects like Rampal.
“People have curiosity and questions regarding the project. There will be international standard seminar on these issues. It will also be live streamed on the website and facebook pages of the power, energy and mineral resources ministry.” he added.
The inaugural function will be followed by opening of an exhibition of power and energy related products and services.
Local and international farms from public and private sectors will be participating in the fair to showcase their products and services.
In reply to another query about the budget of this power and energy week, Mohammad Hossain, Director General of Power Cell said that around Tk 10 crore is going to spent for the occasion out of which 50% is being contributed from the private sector and 50% is from government exchequer.
Hossain said that during the power and energy week, four international seminars will be conducted on `The technologies of coal based power plant`, `Smart Grids: Digital Bangladesh and Internet of Things`, `Energy efficiency case studies` and `International Best practices in power and energy sector: Lesson for South Asia and Bangladesh`.
He said that, ahead of the week, a competition had been organised among students from 50 universities about their innovative ideas and projects on energy efficient and renewable energy projects.
"Out of these, 10 best projects will be displayed in an exhibition in the week." he added.
He said that a total of 320 stalls from 125 government and private organisations will display their products during the week.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will distribute 10 awards to the organisations and individuals in the power and energy sector.
Those include-two best private sector power producers, two best private energy sector organisations, one best electricity distribution unit, one best government organisation in energy sector, one best research projects from the university, one best speech award in the power and energy sector, one best report from print media and one from electronic media.
Power Division Secretary Monowar Islam, Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Nazimuddin Chowdhury, BEPRC Chiarman Dr Ahmed Kaikaus, SREDA Chairman Anwarul Islam shikdar, BREB Chairman Major General Moin Uddin, Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain and BPDB Chiarman Khaled Mahmud were also present at the press conference.