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Patuakhali-Payra power plant starts transmission
The government has started power supply of 45.6-kilometer long 230kV Patuakhali-Payra transmission line last week. The transmission line will facilitate the electricity evacuation from 1320MW Payara coal-fired power plants and some other mega power plants in Barishal and Khulna regions to the national grid.
Govt may allow 50MW solar-based PP in Ctg
July 29, 2019 Monday 10:45 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government is likely to allow a joint venture 50MW solar-based power plant at Barayerhat in Chattogram under a 20-year contract. The Consortium of IB GmbH Vogat of Germany and AG Agro Industries Ltd will supply the electricity at Tk 8.75 per kilowatt hour ($0.1094). The government has invited tender to implement the power plant near 132/33 kilowatt voltage sub-station at Barayerhat on August, 2018. The GmbH Consortium of IB Vogat and the AG Agro Industries Ltd submitted the bid document to implement the power plant. The Consortium of IB GmbH Vogat has been elected as the only responsive bidder to implement the plant under build, own and operate (BOO) basis. According to the official sources, the Consortium of IB GmbH Vogat has already awarded to implement another solar based power plant at Dhamrai in Dhaka last month. The tariff of the Dhemrai power plant was at Tk 8.60 per kilowatt whereas the newly proposed power plant tariff is Tk 8.75 in Chattogram. The power division has already allowed eight solar-based power plants having a capacity to generate 268.77MW of electricity since 2016 at a tariff between Tk 12.80 and Tk 8.80 per kilowatt hour. But, most of the power plant failed to generate electricity timely, sources said. The proposed power plant will supply the electricity under ‘no electricity no payment’ basis. According to the power division, the government has a plan to generate 24000MW of electricity by 2021. Of the electricity, at least 2000MW of electricity will come by 2020 from renewable energy.
Category: Renewable
Oil prices drop amid concerns over weaker demand
July 29, 2019 Monday 10:43 AM By Xinhua
Oil prices retreated on Wednesday, despite a decline in US crude inventories last week, as investors concerned about weakening demand. For the week ending July 19, U.S. commercial crude oil inventories decreased by 10.8 million barrels from the previous week, the US Energy Information Administration reported Wednesday. Yet at 445 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are about 2 per cent above the five year average for this time of year. The decline was due to disruptions caused by a Gulf of Mexico storm earlier this month and seen as a “one-off event,” an energy expert told MarketWatch. Analysts also noted that the ongoing US-Iran tensions have triggered worries over weakening demand in the Middle East. The chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps denied on Wednesday that any of Iran’s drones has been downed by the United States in the Strait of Hormuz region recently. US President Donald Trump announced the U.S. action last Thursday, claiming that the Iranian drone was “destroyed” in the Strait of Hormuz. The West Texas Intermediate for September delivery dropped 0.89 U.S. dollar to settle at 55.88 US dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for September delivery declined 0.65 dollar to close at 63.18 dollars a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange.
Category: Other Countries
Chinese firm building single mooring at Bay
July 29, 2019 Monday 10:40 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The newly-established China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Co. Ltd (CPP) is currently building the country`s lone SPM system instead of the China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPPB). The CPP was established in 2017 following the restructuring of its predecessor, CPPB, said a senior official of state-run Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC). He said the CPP is expected to complete the project titled, `Installation of single point mooring (SPM) with double pipeline` with Chinese concessional loan of around US$554 million by 2020. Of the total loan amount, China is set to provide $467.84 million as preferential buyers` credit and the remaining $82.5 million as soft loan. Exim Bank of China would provide the money to be repaid within 20 years at an annual interest rate of 2.0 per cent with five years` grace period. Once the SPM is built, the government is expected to save around Tk 10 billion a year by directly offloading imported petroleum products at its Chittagong refinery depot. Currently, BPC cannot offload imported fuel oil at its Chittagong refinery depot directly.
Category: Petroleum
UMPL to implement 584MW combined cycle power plant
July 29, 2019 Monday 10:36 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
A consortium of three local and foreign companies signed deals with the government entities on July 24 to implement the country`s biggest 584 megawatt (MW) combined cycle power plant at Meghnaghat of Narayanganj. The consortium, named Unique Meghnaghat Power Ltd (UMPL), will build the power plant within 36 months. The plant will run either on locally produced natural gas or by re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) to generate electricity. The UMPL, the consortium of Unique Hotel & Resorts Ltd., Strategic Finance Ltd. and US company GE Capital Global Energy Investment BV, inked the deals at a function at Bidyut Bhaban in the city. Some US$ 520 million will be required to implement the power plant project, which is expected to provide electricity by July 2022. Unique Hotel and Resorts Ltd has 64.98 per cent stake in the power plant project, while the GE has 30 per cent and Strategic Finance has 4.95 per cent stakes. State-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) will purchase electricity from the power plant at a levelised tariff rate-around US cents 3.69 per unit (1 kilowatt-hour) or Tk 2.95 per unit, if it is run by locally produced gas. The tariff would be US cents 6.80 per unit (1 kilowatt-hour) or Tk 5.44 per unit, if it is run by RLNG. State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MPEMR) Nasrul Hamid was the chief guest at the function, while US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller, Principal Coordinator of SDG affairs at the Prime Minister`s Office Abul Kalam Azad, Power Secretary Ahmad Kaikaus, and Petrobangla Chairman Ruhul Amin were the special guests. National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan also spoke. The event was chaired by the BPDB Chairman Khaled Mahmood. UMPL Chairman Mohammad Noor Ali was also present.  
Category: Power
Dhaka lines up deal to get Aramco investment
June 30, 2019 Sunday 9:26 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh is set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Arabian oil behemoth Aramco on a multi-billion dollar investment in the power and energy sector, officials said. Aramco, the national petroleum and gas company, is one of the largest companies in the world by revenue of $ 356 billion. According to Bloomberg, it is the most profitable company in the world. "We`ve sent the draft of the MoU to Aramco for their scrutiny and after getting their feedback, we will sign," a senior foreign ministry official, who is dealing with the process, said. He also said the deal has been prepared after taking inputs from the ministries concerned. Primarily, Aramco has expressed its interest to invest in three projects --a large oil refinery with a capacity of between 10-20 million tonnes, a 500-megawatt power plant and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. In 2011, officials of the energy ministry told reporters about Aramco`s plan to build a refinery having the capacity of 1.8 million tonnes.  
Category: Petroleum
Bangladesh receives interest from 12 firms to build LNG terminal
June 30, 2019 Sunday 9:23 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh has received interest from twelve companies to build the country’s first onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, according to four sources familiar with the matter. The South Asian country, which has a population of more than 160 million, is turning to land-based LNG terminals as its first imports of the super-chilled fuel via a floating platform were delayed due to weather and technical issues. Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Co, part of state-owned oil and gas company Petrobangla, earlier this year had requested expressions of interest (EOI) from potential terminal developers for a land-based LNG regasification terminal at Matarbari in the Cox’s Bazar district of southern Bangladesh. Twelve companies have submitted their interest to build the terminal, said two officials from Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Co. A committee will evaluate the proposals and create a shortlist based on the capabilities and technical assessments of the 12 companies, one of the officials said. It could take more than a year to complete and award the contract for the terminal, the official said. The expressions of interest were initially due on March 20, but the closing date was delayed to this week after the companies requested more time. The expression of interest is for the design, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of an onshore terminal that can handle 7.5 million tonnes a year of LNG, including receiving, unloading, storage and regasification. The project is on a build-own-operate basis for 20 years, with ownership to then be transferred at no cost to the Bangladeshi government or a company nominated by the government.
Category: Gas
Higher Asian prices, European gas stocks trigger LNG flow reshuffle
June 30, 2019 Sunday 9:21 PM By Reuters
Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices rose this week on some demand for summer cargoes, while European prices continued to drop, with an increased price spread between the two regions triggering interest in sending some Atlantic cargoes to Asia Pacific. The LNG price for August deliver in northeast Asia is estimated at $4.80 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), a 20 cent rise from last week. Several deals were done this week at a price close to $5.00 mmBtu for August delivery in Asia, but sources said prices could have decreased slightly by Friday after deals closed. In contrast, front-month gas price on the Dutch hub in Europe dropped below $3.20 per mmBtu. Decreased price netbacks in Europe are making some producers to consider re-exporting cargoes from northwest Europe to more profitable regions, like Asia or the Mediterranean. Up to four transhipments of Russia’s Yamal LNG cargoes have been agreed for July, a market source said. In addition, trading houses and utilities are discussing reloads in Europe, another source said. One of these will take place in France’s Fos terminal on July 9, data from operator Fosmax showed. Japan’s Mitsui is expected to deliver a European cargo to Japan to cover a position that was initially expected to be supplied by a cargo from new U.S. plant, Cameron LNG, which was eventually sent to France, another market source said. Cameron exported its second commissioning cargo this week after earlier delays with loadings. PRICE DRIVERS An uptick in Asian demand has improved Asian LNG prices this week. Demand came from Japanese and Chinese buyers, market sources said. Japan’s JERA was on the market, as well two or three Chinese companies, sources said but added demand was still weak and prices will likely drop back to $4.50 mmBtu if there is not enough rise in Asia’s temperatures to drive gas demand for cooling this summer. On Friday, JERA bought a September cargo from Vitol at $4.80 per mmBtu at Platts Market on Close window. In India, there is some short-term LNG demand from power plants, a source active in the Indian markets said. In addition, India’s Gujarat State Petroleum Corp (GSPC) and Reliance Industries were both looking for an October cargo each, the source added. On the supply side, Angola LNG is selling a cargo for delivery in August in a tender closing July 2, two market sources said. Malaysia’s Petronas has offered two cargoes via the LNG trading marketplace Global LNG Exchange (GLX), a market source said. In Europe, high gas storage levels are weighing on prices. Aggregated storage level in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany reached around 370 terrawatt hours (TWh) this week, data compiled by Refinitiv showed. Current stock level is 74% more than a year ago and 42% more than an average at the same period in past four years. Market sources expect that in some European countries storage may be filled by August, leading to a further drop in European prices in the rest of summer months. Usually storage injections stop at the end of October. High storage levels may increase the number of relaods in Europe later this year. “I think we will have too much gas (in stocks) for September, so something will have to move,” a gas trader in Europe said.
Category: Other Countries
REB success leaves govt’s solar partners in the lurch
June 29, 2019 Saturday 10:56 AM By UNB
The government’s partners in the solar home system (SHS) program have been nursing deep frustrations over inaction on the part of the state-owned Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL) to resolve their problems. According to sources involved in the SHS program, around Tk 2000 crore invested by the partner organisations - who are mainly private firms and NGOs - remained stuck for several years against a backdrop of fast advancement of rural electrification across the country. IDCOL and its POs have jointly been working for the last 15 years to bring electricity to remote off-grid areas of the country through SHS program, which already covered 4.2 million families in remote rural areas against a target of 6 million by 2021. But in recent years, the SHS program experienced a drastic fall in its growth because of the fast-growing rural electrification program of state-owned Rural Electrification Board (REB), which is now providing about 300,000 connections a month to the rural areas.  “Our monthly SHS installation now came down to 2000 a month from earlier 60,000,” said a leader of the association of partner organisations, the Partner Organisation Forum Trust (POFT). He said many rural consumers who earlier installed SHS for electricity pulled out their systems as soon as REB provided them the conventional electricity. Many consumers who installed SHS under an IDCOL-PO credit programme to repay the cost in 3 years just suspended the repayment of loan instalments, and as a result about Tk 2000 crorewas lost. In financing the installation of a solar home system, the IDCOL finances up to 60-70 percent of the cost while the POs invest 30-40 percent. Due to such problem, most of the POs became loan-defaulters being unable to repay their loans to IDCOL. In such a deadlock situation, the POs were demanding loan rescheduling facilities with lowered interest rate for further financing of different renewable energy programmes. IDCOL was also pursuing the policymakers to lower the interest on the credit it receives from the government. Finally, the Finance Division lowered the interest rate to zero percent from the earlier 3 percent. The Finance Division in a letter dated May 29, 2019 to the Economic Relations Division (ERD) said that the rate of interest on the loan received by IDCOL under 9 programs for SHS has been re-fixed to zero percent from 3 percent with effect from July 1, 2018. The POs were expecting that this letter will bring them some relief as the IDCOL would subsequently reduce the 6-9 percent interest rate it in turn charges in providing loans to the POs. “But despite the Finance Division’s decision, no subsequent measures have followed from IDCOL to reduce interest on loan to POs. We are deeply frustrated by this,” a top leader of the Partner Organisation Forum Trust (POFT) told UNB.      He said the POFT had written to IDCOL’s management on a number of occasions, asking for  measures to break the deadlock and overcome the crisis. IDCOL’s chairman of the board as well as ERD secretary Monowar Ahmed admitted to UNB that the Finance Ministry had indeed initiated some measures recently for reducing the burden of interest on a loan. “Definitely, IDCOL will take some measures soon and the POs will get some benefits” he told UNB. As a board-chairman, he would also advise IDCOL management to take measures that encourage new avenues for renewable energy programs in the country, he added.
Category: Renewable
15 MW floating solar plant to be set up in Mongla
June 29, 2019 Saturday 10:45 AM By BSS
Country’s first floating solar power station with capacity of producing 15MW electricity would be constructed at Mongla Pourasabha. The solar plant would be constructed at a cost of Taka 150 crore with financial support of Indian government. A tripartite agreement in this regard has been signed at a function at Mongla Port Authority conference room recently. Mongla Pourasabha mayor Zulfikar Ali, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Premier Solar Powertech Pvt. Ltd of India Sudir Mola and Chairman of Bangladesh Solar EPC Development Ltd Izaj Al Qudrat-A-Majid signed the agreement. The floating plant would be built on about 89-acre areas of two ponds and its vicinity of Mongla Port Water Treatment Plant. Deputy Minister of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Habibun Nahar attended the MoU signing ceremony as the chief guest while Assistant High Commissioner of India Rajesh Kumar Raina was present as special guest. Acting chairman of Mongla Port Eng. Altaf Hossain, Director of the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority Sheikh Riaz Ahmed were present. The plant will come to operation in two years while in first phase it will produce five MW power in six months, 10 MW in 18 months and 15 MW in two years.
Category: Renewable
Chevron launches Road-Safety Awareness Program in Sylhet
March 6, 2019 Wednesday 9:24 PM By UNB
US-based oil and gas company Chevron has launched a multi-year road safety programme in Bangladesh’s Sylhet region. Chevron Bangladesh President Neil Menzies officially inaugurated the community road safety awareness program recently at the premises of Bibiyana Gas Plant, said a press release of the organisation. Chevron operates three gas fields in Sylhet region which are Bibiyana, Jalalabad and Moulavi Bazar.  The programme, to be implemented by Skills-Craft Associates, will emphasize vehicles and drivers operating on two major thoroughfares near Chevron’s Bibiyana and Moulavi Bazar facilities in Nabiganj and Srimangal Upazilas respectively. According to the 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety released by the World Health Organization (WHO) last December, the number of WHO-estimated road traffic fatalities in Bangladesh stood at nearly 25,000 in 2016.  Chevron officials said the programme is intended to build awareness on safe road behaviours and build drivers’ defensive driving skills, with a goal of reducing traffic accidents.  Two-day training and knowledge sharing sessions in both catchment areas will be available to 300 drivers of three-wheeler auto-rickshaws and light delivery vehicles.  In addition, half-day sessions will be organized to summarize the training content for 200 people, including respected members of the local community, transport associations and educational institutions, the Chevron said.  Some of the programs will cover a range of topics including traffic laws and signage, on-road demonstrations and driving coaching, causes of collision and collision prevention techniques, and consequences of speeding and over-loading.  Chevron’s Director for Policy, Government and Public Affairs Ismail Chowdhury, Director for Health, Environment & Safety Ashiq Rahman, Bibiyana Gas Plant Superintendent Don Lewis, CEO and Lead Trainer Skills-Craft Associates Mahabub Alam and other representatives from Bibiyana Gas Plant’s Leadership Team were also present at the programme.  Menzies distributed certificates to the first group of 30 Nabiganj-based drivers who successfully completed the two-day training session. Speaking on the occasion, he lauded the initiative, as it taps into the need for the community to increase awareness of safe driving and pedestrian behaviours.
Category: Others
Integrated master plan for infrastructure needed: Nasrul
March 3, 2019 Sunday 10:09 AM By BSS
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Saturday underscored the need for an integrated master plan for infrastructure development. “It’s a demand for the time to formulate a comprehensive master plan for infrastructure development aimed at ensuring sustainable development in the country,” he said at a ‘Meet the Energy Reporters’ programme onboard a vessel during a Dhaka-Munshiganj river cruise. The state minister said the electric car market share is on the rise globally and in the future, people will ride on electric recharge vehicles, “but a guideline is yet to be prepared in this regard.” Responding to a question, Nasrul said prices of electricity or gas will not be a burden for common people if prices of gas or energy are adjusted upward as per the demand of the time. “We will supply energy or power at an affordable price,” he said, adding that the Middle Eastern countries along with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia have expressed their interests for the first time to invest in Bangladesh. “New foreign investment is coming for setting up power plants, oil refinery and petrochemical industries in Bangladesh. Bangladesh and the UAE signed MoUs (memorandums of understanding) for long time supply of LNG and for developing a land-based LNG receiving terminal,” he added. Referring to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent visit to Abu Dhabi and the UAE, Nasrul said an MoU was signed for an integrated 800 MW-1000 MW LNG power plant to be constructed in two phases along with implementing a 100 MW solar power project. Answer another question, he said Bangladesh needs $70 billion investment for generating 60,000 MW power and another $30 billion for development of energy sector within 2041. The state minister said steps will be taken to extract local coal by using modern technology and protecting environment and consultation will be made with local people so that they are not affected in any way. Chairman of Forum for Energy Reporters’ Bangladesh (FERB) Arun Karmakar presided over the event while Executive Director Sadrul Hassan moderated. Later, the state minister inaugurated the newly developed website of the organisation. Responding to another question, Nasrul said the government is working to supply uninterrupted and quality electricity to consumers. “We encourage people to set up rooftop solar panel in urban areas for promoting net metering system.” Net metering allows individual solar panel owner to supply power to the grid and adjust their electricity bills.    
Category: Others
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
Govt patronizing newer technologies in power sector: Nasrul
February 24, 2019 Sunday 8:27 PM By BSS
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Sunday said the government is patronizing newer technologies and researches in the power and energy sector. “The government is encouraging expansion of people-friendly technology in the power sector,” he said this, while speaking as the chief guest at a seminar on Web-based Electricity Cost Modeling at Daffodil University Conference room. The state minister said: “We have to make united efforts for nurturing and flourishing talent in the power sector. Efforts are underway to increase client’s service by introducing ERP, SCADA along with automation.” Nasrul said the government is providing subsidy to reduce development gap between cities and villages. Moderated by Professor Dr M Shamsul Alam, the seminar was also addressed, among others, by chairman of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission Monowar Islam, Power Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus, Chairman of Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council Shahin Ahmed Chowdhury, Chairman of BPDB Engineer Khaled Mahmood and Director General of Power Cell Engineer Mohammad Hossain.
Category: Others
Chevron distributes warm clothes in the community
February 19, 2019 Tuesday 9:37 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The Bangladesh chapter of Chevron’s XYZ Network and Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA) department have collaborated on a winter clothing collection drive. Cash donations from employees of Chevron’s Dhaka office and three gas fields of Bibiyana, Jalalabad and Moulavi Bazar and cash contribution from PGPA were used to purchase around 1300 blankets, said a press release.  These blankets, along with voluntary donations of assorted winter clothes, were distributed at separate events amongst underprivileged communities in Dhaka, and near Chevron’s three gas-fields. ‘XYZ’ is an employee network whose stated mission is “to connect, develop and inspire Chevron’s next generation through innovative opportunities….to ensure the future success of the corporation.” Employee-driven community engagement is one of several areas in which XYZ members are involved throughout the year. The distribution drive was kicked off at an event held at a local government primary school adjacent to the Bibiyana Gas Plant. Operations Director and XYZ Bangladesh Chapter Sponsor, Gary A. Orr, and PGPA Director, Ismail H. Chowdhury attended as chief guests. In attendance as special guests were senior staff from the Bibiyana Gas Plant; Inathganj Union Parishad Chairman, Md. Bazlur Rashid, and other social and political elites of the area. At a separate event in Dhaka, held in partnership with Dhaka Ladies Club, blankets were distributed amongst 300 underprivileged students of KushumKoli School. In attendance were Ismail Chowdhury; Chevron’s Base Business Manager, Shahid Shamsu; President of Dhaka Ladies Club,  Mahbuba Kabir Rumjhum; Social Welfare Secretary of the Club,  Fyzun Nessa Muna. Chowdhury spoke about Chevron’s initiatives in livelihood development, education and health that impact the lives of thousands of people that reside near its operations. He also acknowledged Chevron’s employees for their personal contributions towards this distribution drive.  
Category: Others
Public hearing on gas price hike starts March 11
February 15, 2019 Friday 11:38 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is going to hold mass hearings on gas price hike from March 11. The energy regulator has already received proposals from all gas transmission and distribution companies about the hike. The mass hearing will take place at the auditorium of the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) in Karwanbazar, said a notice. Any organisations or persons interested in taking part in the mass hearing should apply to the BERC by March 4.  The hearing will start with Petrobangla on March 11 in the morning. Later, from 10:30am, the Gas Transmission Company Limited will place a proposal to increase the gas transmission charge.  On March 12, the hearing of the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 10am to 12:30pm. From 2:30pm to 5pm on the same day, the hearing of Sundarban Gas Company Limited will take place. On March 13, the hearing of the Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 10am to 12:30pm. The hearing of the Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 2:30pm to5:00 pm on the same day. On March 14, the hearing of the Karnafuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd will take place from 10am to 12:30pm, while the Pashchimanchal Gas Company Ltd’s hearing will be held from 2:30 pm to 5pm.
Category: Gas
LNG boosts Ctg factories, power plants
February 15, 2019 Friday 11:28 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Gas supply to the national grid from the maiden floating LNG import terminal in the deep sea rose to its maximum capacity on Tuesday morning as the pipeline started receiving 450 million cubic feet of gas a day. The gas supply to different regions from the national grid will boost up production in factories, gas-based power plants and fertiliser factories, domestic holdings and garment manufacturing units resulting in a positive impact on the overall national economy. With the enhanced supply the country is now getting gas for all regions including the capital Dhaka from the national grid in a limited scale alongside the natural gas available from the local gas fields. The natural gas supplied earlier to the Chattogram region has also been added to Dhaka and rest of the country from the national grid. Chattogram, a long-time gas-hungry region, will be the most beneficiary of the FSRU gas supply as most of the major industries and the thriving special industrial and economic zones are located in the region. It took as long as seven months after commissioning of the Floating, Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) located at Moheshkhali island of Cox`s Bazar to get supply of the re-gasified LNG from the import terminal having 500 million cubic feet of gas a day (mmcfd), sources concerned said. Sources in the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Co Ltd (KGDCL) said trial supply of 450 mmcfd of gas for two days was successful before full scale commissioning by authority in the Petrobangla. Sources said that the supply from the FSRU was disrupted due to leakage in the submersed gas pipeline between the City Gate Station (CGS) near the CUFL fertiliser factory at Anwara and the Fouzderhat CGS at Sitakunda. For supply of the re-gasified LNG the authority concerned constructed a 91- kilometre pipeline between Moheshkhali and Anwara and another 30- kilometre pipeline between Anwara and Fouzderhat. Earlier, the actuator valve in between the FSRU and the sub-sea pipeline also surfaced leakage in the first week of November last resulting in the total halt to the re-gasification at the Excelerate Energy`s terminal, sources said.  The KGDCL, dedicated to the Chattogram region, was receiving only 170 to 180 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd), far less than it used to get before termination of re-gasification at the LNG import terminal, sources said. Production in the gas-fired power plants of Raozan 210 megawatt x 2, Shikalbaha 225 MW, Shikalbaha 150 MW power plants and Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) in Chattogram was suspended following the damage in the underwater pipeline valve. The KGDC official said after repairing the pipeline the gas supply resumed in a limited scale ranging between 210 and 230 mmcfd. So the authority could not supply gas to the national grid as expected. Chattogram was the worst sufferer from gas shortage as the gas-hungry industries have been suffering from short supply. The domestic burners ran dry for a long time while commercial enterprises also suffered for years. Source: Financial Express
Category: Gas

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