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LNG boosts Ctg factories, power plants
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
Deal signed to import uranium for nuke plant
February 1, 2019 Friday 11:15 AM By BSS
The government on Thursday signed a primary deal to import uranium for the much awaited Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant aimed at generating 2,200 MW power. “Initiatives to bring uranium from Russia for using it for nuclear power plant at Rooppur would be completed in time,” Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafes Osman said this, witnessing the deal signing ceremony at his ministry conference room. Member (Planning and Development) of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Dr Imtiaz Kamal and Overseas vice president of ROSATOM Nikita Mazein signed the primary agreement on behalf of their respective sides. During the contract signing ceremony secretary of the ministry M Anwar Hossain, Bangladesh Ambassador to Russia Dr SM Saiful Haque and high officials of Russian Federation were present.
Category: Nuclear
Rooftop solar power sales growing fast in city
January 31, 2019 Thursday 11:52 AM By UNB
The sale of unconsumed rooftop solar electricity to government power distribution entities is rising fast in the capital city. According to the latest statistics placed in a review meeting at Power Division, the number of such consumers who are selling their unconsumed solar power to the government distribution companies stood at 50 as of January 27, which was just three in December last year. The rise is more significant in terms of volume, said a top official at Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) adding that all the purchases are being made under the Net Metering System introduced by the government recently. He mentioned the volume of purchase was 13.3 Kilowatt peak (KWp) until December last which increased to 450 KWp in January this year. “We’re really getting enormous response from consumers. We’re frequently getting new offers from our consumers to buy their unconsumed rooftop solar power,” Ramiz Uddin, executive director of DPDC, told UNB. The DPDC is responsible for power distribution in the Dhaka city`s central, southwest and eastern parts, and in Narayanganj city. The government has introduced the NMS as part of its strategy to encourage the use of green energy across the country. As part of the policy, the Power Division on July 28 last unveiled the "Net Metering Guideline 2018" to buy rooftop solar power from consumers. Officials said the Power Division had issued an official order in August last to all the six power distribution entities of the country asking them to purchase rooftop solar power from at least 20 consumers within the next three months under the Net Metering System. Initially, the big consumers, especially the commercial and industrial, were targeted for such business which rooftop power remains unconsumed during their holidays and weekends. Following the instructions, all the power distribution entities, including Desco, DPDC, REB, Nesco, WZPDC and PDB moved to buy unconsumed solar power from their respective consumers. Within a few months, the national gird received over 3.0 MW of electricity from the consumers. Under the system, any consumer can set up rooftop solar system covering up to 70 per cent capacity of the sanctioned load and sell the additional or unconsumed solar power after meeting his/her demand through a special metre under an exchange arrangement. Consumers will use their own solar power alongside the grid. But on holidays when solar power is not used, they can sell power to the national grid. Even, on the working days, they can preserve their solar power to the grid and sell it to his power supplying company or take it back for its own consumption. At the end of the month, bills will be adjusted on the basis of consumption and sales of solar power to the utilities and the consumer will get payment from the distribution company at a bulk rate if his sale overruns the consumption. Power Cell officials believe the government will be able to buy about 10-12 MW power from rooftop consumers as many large clients like industries, apartment complex, shopping malls and hotels have already set up rooftop solar power plants for their own consumption as part of the government policy. Even, individual consumers, who installed rooftop solar power system, can sell additional electricity to the government under the Net Metering System. Officials said the government has initiated the move to introduce the system aiming to promote rooftop solar energy across the country as part of its plan to generate 10 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020. There is a target to generate 3,168 MW of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2021 in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well, said an official at the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda).
Category: Renewable
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
Cabinet body approves 590MW power plant in Chattogram
January 24, 2019 Thursday 12:13 PM By UNB
The Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase on Wednesday approved a total of six proposals, including one to set up a 590 MW power plant in Chattogram under the private sector. New Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal presided over the maiden meeting of the new committee after the formation of the government following Awami League’s victory in the December-30 general election. After the meeting, Mustafa Kamal briefed reporters on the outcome of the meeting. The committee approved a proposal of the Power Division to allow a consortium of three companies -- one Bangladeshi and two from China -- to establish the 590 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant in Anwara of Chattogram. As per the proposal, the plant will be run with natural gas or imported re-liquefied natural gas (RLNG). The Bangladeshi sponsor of the project is United Enterprise & Co Ltd while the Chinese companies are Kyushu Electric power Co. Inc and Sojitz Corporation. State-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) will purchase electricity from the plant for over 22 years at a levelised tariff of US Cent 3.6867 per unit (kilowatt hour) which is equivalent to Tk 2.9493 when it will be running with natural gas. But the tariff will be charged at US Cent 6.8043, equivalent to Tk 5.4435, per unit when it will be running using imported RLNG. Another proposal of the Power Division to install 150,575 pre-paid metres by December 2019 in Cumilla and Mymensingh regions also received approval of the committee. Chinese firm Shenzhen Star Instrument Co. Ltd (Sh.Star) won the contract at Tk 132.49 crore. Of the total pre-paid metres, 70,250 will be installed in Cumilla region while 80,325 in Mymensingh region. The committee approved a proposal of the Energy Division to import a total of 1.420 million tonnes of different types of petroleum fuel from different countries under the government-to-government contracts in six months from January to June. The government has to spend about Tk 67.72 billion (6772.87 crore) to import this petroleum.  
Category: Business
BIFFL and Ispahani signed a financing agreement under JICA’s refinancing scheme
January 23, 2019 Wednesday 11:48 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Fund Limited (BIFFL) and M M Ispahani Limited signed an agreement for a financing up to Tk 55 crore under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Promotion Financing (EECPF) of JICA for setting-up an energy-efficient Textile Mill named Pahartali Textile and Hosiery MillsUnit-5 at Chattogram on 20 January 2019. On that occasion a signing ceremony was arranged in the port city, Chattogram, said a press release. S. M. Formanul Islam, Executive Director and CEO, BIFFL and Mirza Salman Ispahani, Chairman, M M Ispahani Limited signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organization. Directors of CCC&I, business delegates of Chattogram, representatives from JICA and different Banks and FIs and officials of BIFFL were present in the event. Md. Sagir Hossain Khan, Chief operating officer, BIFFL addressed the welcome speech in the ceremony. Mirza Salman Ispahani, Chairman, M M Ispahani Limited and Mahbubul Alam, President, Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry also addressed the occasion. S.M. Formanul Islam, Executive Director & CEO, BIFFL, delivered the closing remarks of the program. In the closing remarks, S. M. Formanul Islam expressed his concern regarding the continuous growing demand-supply gap of primary energy of Bangladesh. Statistics shows that the gap surged from 6,066 MW to 9,268 MW from 2012 to 2014. He prudently pointed that, saving of one unit of electricity means not required to be generated that much unit which saves the cost for fuel of generation as well as maintenance. Islam reiterated government’s determination of saving energy in all aspects as we are immensely depended on import for primary energy. To achieve the globally accepted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is highly required to promote the energy efficient technologies as an alternative solution to replace those outdated technologies. Finally, Islam expressed his gratitude to JICA to extending soft loan for Energy Efficient Equipment. BIFFL being the largest financial institution of the country is committed to support this industrial transformation. BIFFL has already committed more than Tk 500 crore in 8 energy efficient projects with 10 more in pipeline.
Category: Business
Aramco interested to invest in Bangladesh’s energy sector
January 22, 2019 Tuesday 8:05 AM By BSS
Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas-based Oil Company Aramco has shown its interest to invest in the energy sector in Bangladesh. Aramco Managing Director Waleed K Ghemlas on Monday expressed the interest at a meeting with State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid at the latter’s office in the secretariat in the city, said an official release. Ghemlas said his company is primarily interested to set up oil refinery in Bangladesh. Nasrul said future of petrochemical industry in Bangladesh is very bright. Saudi Arabia has a great opportunity to invest in the energy sector in Bangladesh, he added. The state minister urged the Saudi oil company to conduct feasibility study on the market and the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) to assist in this regard. Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Munim and Aramco India Office President Mohammed Mughirah were present, among others, in the meeting.
Category: Petroleum
Oil rises to 2019 highs on strong China demand despite economic slowdown
January 21, 2019 Monday 11:15 AM By Reuters
Oil prices rose to their highest for 2019 on Monday after data showed refinery processing in China, the world’s second-largest oil consumer, climbed to a record in 2018, despite a slowing economy last year. Prices are further being supported by supply cuts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), analysts said. International Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were at $62.94 per barrel at 0404 GMT, up 24 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their last close. Brent earlier rose above $63 for the first time in 2019. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $54.05 a barrel, up 25 cents, or 0.5 percent. It was the first time this year that WTI rose above $54 a barrel. Traders said the price rises came after data released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics on Monday showed crude oil refinery throughput climbed to record 603.57 million tonnes in 2018, or 12.12 million barrels per day (bpd), up 6.8 percent from the previous year. The strong oil demand figures came despite China’s 2018 economic growth slowing to the weakest in 28 years, at 6.6 percent versus 6.8 percent in 2017. Although the slowdown was in line with expectations and not as sharp as some analysts had expected, the cooling of the world’s second-largest economy casts a shadow over global growth. “The global outlook remains murky, despite emerging positives from a dovish Fed (now boosting U.S. mortgage applications), faster China easing (China credit growth stabilizing) and a more durable U.S.-China truce,” U.S. bank J.P. Morgan said in a note. Despite this, analysts said supply cuts led by OPEC would likely support crude oil prices. “Brent can remain above $60 per barrel on OPEC+ compliance, expiry of Iran waivers and slower U.S. output growth,” J.P. Morgan said. It recommended investors should “stay long” crude oil, referring to buying futures in the expectation that prices will rise. Researchers at Bernstein Energy said the supply cuts led by OPEC “will move the market back into supply deficit” for most of 2019 and that should cause prices to rise to $70 a barrel before the end of the year. In the United States, energy firms cut the number of rigs drilling for oil by 21 in the week to Jan. 18, taking the total count down to 852, the lowest since May 2018, energy services firm Baker Hughes said in a weekly report on Friday. It was biggest decline since February 2016, as drillers reacted to the 40 percent plunge in U.S. crude prices late last year. However, U.S. crude oil production C-OUT-T-EIA still rose by more than 2 million bpd in 2018, to a record 11.9 million bpd. With the rig count stalling, last year’s growth rate is unlikely to be repeated in 2019, although most analysts expect annual production to average well over 12 million bpd, making the United States the world’s biggest oil producer ahead of Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Category: Other Countries
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
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
BIFPCL contributes for social development in Rampal
January 15, 2019 Tuesday 7:19 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company (Pvt) Limited (BIFPCL) has been contributing significantly for the social development in Rampal upazila of Bagerhat district. Under its community development initiatives, the company distributed 76 water filters to 15 schools and four colleges of Rampal upzila and 35 wheel chairs to physically challenged people of nearby villages of the project site, said a press release. A free medical camp for the villagers was also organized by the company. Both the distribution program and medical camp was organized at Rajnagar union parishad premises on 14 January, 2019. Talukder Abdul Khaleque, Mayor of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) attended the distribution program as chief guest while SC Pandey, Project Director of Maitree Super Thermal Power Project (MSTPP), Rampal presided over the function. Tapan Kumar Biswas, Deputy Commissioner, Bagerhat, Pankaj Chandra Roy, Police Super, Bagerhat, and Md. Rezaul Karim, Deputy Project Director, MSTPP, Rampal attended the program as guests of honor. The free medical camp was inaugurated by the KCC Mayor along with other guests. More than 300 local people got free medical advice and medicines of various diseases from the company during this day long camp. Gradually, similar type of medical camps will be organized in other unions of Rampal. These medical camps are being organized in addition to company’s regular weekly health camps which take place on every Saturday and Tuesday at project site. It may be mentioned that BIFPCL is implementing various community development activities in the vicinity of project site in Rampal. Free health services, skill development and support to local educational institutions and students and traditional cultural programs for the local community are such initiatives of the company.    
Category: Others
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
BPC seeks 1000 acres land in Cox’s Bazar for refinery, LPG plants
January 14, 2019 Monday 11:17 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) seeks about 1000 acres of land at Moheskhali in Cox’s Bazar for setting up a refinery and a large scale plant for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). “The Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) has recently sent a proposal to the Prime Minister Office (PMO) for getting the land,” said officials in the ministry.  The BPC earlier sent the proposal to the EMRD for clearance from the PMO. At present, the Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner’s office is conducting a feasibility study for Moheskhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development Initiative with the support of JICA.  As per the initiative, two separate power hubs will be developed at Moheskhali and Matarbari. The government has already signed deals to construct 10 power plants having a combined capacity of about 12,000MW of electricity between 2025 and 2038 at Moheskhali. Besides, seven more power plants having combined capacity to generate around 6200MW will be set up between 2024 and 2033 at Matarbari. The country’s alone refinery has a capacity to process only 14 lakh metric tons of crude oil per annum against the demand of 56 lakh tons of petroleum fuel. The government is now contemplating for setting up a second refinery having a capacity to refine an additional 30 lakh tons of crude fuel. According to BPC proposal, the new refinery will be installed near the location of single point mooring with double pipeline project. The installation of single point mooring with double pipeline project will help unload petroleum refine and crude fuel within two days instead of 10 days from the offshore.
Category: Petroleum
Titas fails deadline with around two-thirds work impending
January 13, 2019 Sunday 8:09 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Having failed to complete a three-year project for the implementation of two lakh prepaid gas meters by December last, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited (TGTDCL) has sought a two-year extension from the Petrobangla and Energy and Mineral Resources Division. Initiated in 2015, the project that expired on December 18 saw a little over one-third of the meters installed in parts of Dhaka, confirmed sources at the TGDCL, the country’s biggest state-run gas company. The project is being implemented with funding from the Bangladesh government and Japan International Cooperation Agency. “Just 74,284 meters were installed at Banani, Baridhara, Gulshan,Bashundhara, Badda, Tejgaon, Mirpur, Cantonment, Kafrul, Khilkhet, Uttara and adjacent areas of Dhaka,” said a Titas official. He attributed the failure to the delay in starting the project work. “The practical works of the project started more than two years and a half after its launching in January 2015,” he also said. He went on saying the proposal seeking extension of the project until 2020 was sent to the government for a go-ahead. Titas Gas Company and Japan-based Toyokeiki Company Ltd inked a Tk 387 crore engineering, procurement and construction deal on March 16, 2017 for the prepaid meter installation. Of the total project cost, the government will contribute Tk237 crore, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will pay Tk453 crore, and TGTDCL will provide funds of Tk 22.2 crore. Some 170,000 prepaid meters will be installed in Madhya Badda, Baridara, Gulshan, Banani, Tejgaon, Azampur, Cantonment, Mirpur, Kafrul, Khhilket, Uttarkhan, and Uttara, with the remaining 30,000 earmarked for Bashundhara, Uttara Third Phase, and Dakkhinkhan.  
Category: Gas
Russia to supply nuclear fuel for China’s fast-neutron reactor
January 10, 2019 Thursday 7:05 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
TVEL Fuel Company, a subsidiary of Russia’s state atomic energy corporation- Rosatom and CNLY, a subsidiary of  China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) have signed a contract for supply of nuclear fuel for CFR-600 fast-neutron reactor which is currently under construction in China. The contract covers the initial loading of nuclear fuel, as well as supplies for refueling during the first seven years of the reactor operation, said a press release. New manufacturing line for the CFR-600 fuel assemblies is planned at the Machine-building Plant of TVEL Fuel Company in Elektrostal in Moscow. The Chinese side addressed Rosatom State Corporation with a request for production of the CFR-600 fuel assemblies, considering its almost 40 years long experience of nuclear fuel manufacturing for the Russian fast-neutron reactors. “In addition to our long-time experience with uranium-based fuel manufacturing for commercial fast-neutron reactors, in 2018, Rosatom has launched batch production of uranium-and-plutonium MOX fuel for the BN-800 reactor,” said Natalia Nikipelova, the president of TVEL. Rusatom Overseas coordinates negotiation of the whole package of agreements on cooperation in the nuclear industry between Russia and China. “Given that this project is a demonstration type, Russian engineers will come up with, in fact, a new kind of nuclear fuel, based on the Chinese design” Evgeny Pakermanov, the president of Rusatom Overseas informed. The CFR-600 fuel contract has been signed as a part of the agreement between the Government of Russia and of China on the joint construction and operation of the fast reactor in China. The agreement mainly covers construction of innovative power units of the Russian design (generation III +) with VVER-1200 reactors at two sites in China - Tianwan NPP and Xudabao NPP. TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom incorporates enterprises for the fabrication of nuclear fuel, conversion and enrichment of uranium, production of gas centrifuges, as well as research and design organizations. It is the only supplier of nuclear fuel for Russian nuclear power plants. TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom provides nuclear fuel for 72 power reactors in 14 countries, research reactors in eight countries, as well as transport reactors of the Russian nuclear fleet. Every sixth power reactor in the world operates on fuel manufactured by TVEL.
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Refinance agreement between BIFFL and Bangladesh Bank for green products
January 9, 2019 Wednesday 2:05 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Fund Limited (BIFFL) has signed a participation agreement with Bangladesh Bank (BB) under refinance Scheme for green products on January 03 at Bangladesh Bank office. The participation agreement was signed by S. M. Formanul Islam, Executive Director and CEO and Manoj Kumar Biswas, General Manager of Sustainable Finance Department of Bangladesh Bank on behalf of their respective organisations, said a press release. BB introduced a refinancing scheme of Tk 200 crore to offer as refinance facility against the Bank or financial institution’s financing to promote green products or initiatives in Bangladesh. The rate of interest for the participatory financial institutions (PFIs) will be equal to the bank rate (currently 5%) for the refinancing facility. For the borrowers, it will be bank rate plus margin where the margin can be up to 4% maximum based on the tenor of the loan repayment. Md. Abdul Kader, deputy general manager of Sustainable Finance Department of Bangladesh Bank and Mohammad Sagir Hossain Khan, COO of BIFFL were also present on the occasion. BIFFL, being the largest financial institution of the country, is committed to support green initiatives to uphold sustainable development in Bangladesh, BIFFL is also committed to protect environment and adopt eco-friendly measures which are of its foremost priority while considering any investment transaction.
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