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India, China, US see 70% rise in energy demand: IEA
China, the US and India together accounted for nearly 70 per cent of the rise in energy demand, even as such demand worldwide grew by 2.3 per cent last year, at its fastest pace this decade, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday. This exceptional rise in energy demand was driven by a robust global economy and stronger heating and cooling needs in some regions, according to the IEA report. "The Global Energy & CO2 Status Report" also said that China remains the global leader in renewables -- both for wind and solar. Natural gas emerged as the fuel of choice, posting the biggest gains and accounting for 45 per cent of the rise in energy consumption. Gas demand growth was especially strong in the US and China. These findings are part of the IEA`s latest assessment of global energy consumption and energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for 2018. The report provides a high-level and up-to-date view of energy markets, including latest available data for oil, natural gas, coal, wind, solar, nuclear power, electricity and energy efficiency. Demand for all fuels increased, with fossil fuels meeting nearly 70 per cent of the growth for the second year running. Solar and wind generation grew at double-digit pace, with solar alone increasing by 31 per cent. Still, that was not fast enough to meet higher electricity demand around the world that also drove up coal use. As a result, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose by 1.7 per cent to 33 gigatonnes (Gt) in 2018. Coal use in power generation alone surpassed 10 Gt, accounting for a third of the total increase. Most of that came from a young fleet of coal power plants in developing Asia. The majority of coal-fired generation capacity today is found in Asia, with 12-year-old plants on average, decades short of average lifetimes of around 50 years. Electricity continues to position itself as a fuel of the future, with global electricity demand growing by four per cent in 2018 to more than 23,000 terawatt hours. This rapid growth is pushing electricity towards a 20 per cent share in total final consumption of energy. Increasing power generation was responsible for half of the growth in primary energy demand.  Renewables were a major contributor to this power generation expansion, accounting for nearly half of electricity demand growth. China remains the leader in renewables, both for wind and solar, followed by Europe and the US. Energy intensity improved by 1.3 per cent last year, just half the rate of the period between 2014 and 2016. This third consecutive year of slowdown was the result of weaker energy efficiency policy implementation and strong demand growth in more energy intensive economies, the report said. "We have seen an extraordinary increase in global energy demand in 2018, growing at its fastest pace this decade," said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol. "Last year can also be considered another golden year for gas, which accounted for almost half the growth in global energy demand. But despite major growth in renewables, global emissions are still rising, demonstrating once again that more urgent action is needed on all fronts -- developing all-clean energy solutions, curbing emissions, improving efficiency, and spurring investments and innovation, including in carbon capture, utilisation and storage." Almost a fifth of the increase in global energy demand came from higher demand for heating and cooling as average winter and summer temperatures in some regions approached or exceeded historical records. Cold snaps drove demand for heating and, more significantly, hotter summer temperatures pushed up demand for cooling. The US saw the largest increase in oil and gas demand worldwide. Its gas consumption jumped 10 per cent from the previous year, the fastest increase since the beginning of IEA records in 1971. Global gas demand expanded at its fastest rate since 2010, with year-on-year growth of 4.6 per cent, the second consecutive year of strong growth, driven by higher demand and substitution from coal.
LNG boosts daily gas supply to 3,200 mmcf
March 26, 2019 Tuesday 10:36 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The country’s overall natural gas supply crossed the 3,200 million cubic feet mark a day (mmcf), boosted by the imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The lone operational floating, storage, re-gasification unit (FSRU) is currently re-gasifying around 532 mmcfd equivalent of LNG, which is the highest quantity of LNG re-gasification from Excelerate Energy’s vessel at Matarbari in the Bay of Bengal. According to state-run Petrobangla, the total natural gas output was 3,218 mmcf per day, as of Monday. Of the total output, local gas production companies produced around 1,026 mmcf or 31.8 per cent of the total daily output, international oil companies (IOCs) produced around 1660 or 50.8 per cent and the remaining 532 mmcf are re-gasified LNG. Gas-guzzling clients of Chattogram are the major consumers of re-gasified LNG. Of the total re-gasified LNG, the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd (KGDCL), dedicated to supplying natural gas to the Chattogram region, has been taking around 320 mmcf a day, or 70 per cent of the total quantity, said a senior official of state-run Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL). Some 150 mmcf per day equivalent of re-gasified LNG is being supplied to Titas franchise areas and the remaining 41 mmcfd to the Pashchimanchal Gas Company Ltd (PGCL), he said. The country’s overall natural gas supply improved substantially with the start of full capacity re-gasification in the floating LNG terminal, said a senior Petrobangla official.  
Category: Gas
IDCOL and IDLC to raise Tk 5025 million for Sirajganj Economic Zone
March 21, 2019 Thursday 8:18 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) and IDLC Finance Limited (IDLC) has been recently mandated by Sirajganj Economic Zone Limited (SEZ) to raise Tk 5025 million term loan for the development of the 1st phase of the Sirajganj Economic Zone to be implemented by a consortium of 11 reputed business conglomerates. Mahmood Malik, Executive Director and CEO of IDCOL, Arif Khan, CEO and Managing Director of IDLC and Mahmud Hasan Khan, Vice Chairman of SEZ signed the term sheet on behalf of their respective organizations at the corporate head office of IDLC in Dhaka, said a press release.
Category: Others
Indian entrepreneurs keen to invest in Bangladesh’s energy sector: Ganguly
March 21, 2019 Thursday 9:03 AM By BSS
Newly appointed Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly on Wednesday said entrepreneurs of her country are willing to invest in Bangladesh’s power and energy sector as she called on state minister for energy Nasrul Hamid at his office here. “The private Indian enterprises are eager to invest in Bangadesh’s power and energy sector,” an energy ministry press release quoted the envoy as saying during the meeting at his Bangladesh Secretariat office. Ganguly sought Hamid’s cooperation implement the government-to-government (G to G) and other ongoing projects involving his office. Hamid said that Bangladesh requires huge natural gas while “we are positively considering importing more electricity from India”. The state minister welcomed the new High Commissioner and said Dhaka-Delhi ties deepened as the two governments have been working cordially since last ten years. Hamid and the envoy discussed various issues related to mutual interests including gas connections, pipeline, electricity import, LNG terminal etc. They also touched at prospective sectors of cooperation between Bangladesh and India. Among others, the first secretary of the Indian High Commission and officials concerned were present.  
Category: Others
Proposals to hike gas prices: Public hearing ends; Berc to take ‘judicious’ decision
March 15, 2019 Friday 11:43 AM By UNB
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Berc) has assured that it will consider proposals to hike the gas tariff judiciously as the four-day public hearing on those ended here on Thursday. “Gas entities might have proposed raising gas tariff by more than 100 percent in some cases. But I can assure you that the commission will consider the matter judiciously without any biasness,” said Berc Chairman Monwar Islam while making his concluding remarks at the hearing. He also reminded that the commission never agrees with the proposals placed by the gas companies and delivers its order applying its own judicious consciousness. “For example, the companies proposed a 95 percent hike, but the Berc ordered an 11 percent hike,” Monwar told the audience who were mainly from different consumer rights groups, political parties, business bodies, civil societies and journalists. He also urged people not to get panicked with the gas tariff hike proposals and instead keep their trust in the neutrality of the energy watchdog. The Berc chairman directed the gas entities not to bring any unrealistic or exaggerated price hike proposal in the future, saying it creates panic among people. He also called upon the participants to convey their additional arguments to the Berc by March 20 if they have any.  On the concluding day, the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company and Pashchimanchal Gas Distribution Company placed their respective proposals which were identical with other gas distribution entities like Titas, Bakhraba and Jalalabad.       As per the proposals, the consumer having a single burner oven will have to pay Tk 1,350 per month instead of exiting Tk 750 while the two-burner users will pay Tk 1,440 per month instead of Tk 800 and the metred household consumer has to pay Tk 16.41 per cubic metre (each unit) instead of Tk 9.10 per cubic metre for gas consumption. Power plants will pay Tk 9.74 per unit of gas instead of the existing rate of Tk 3.16 with a rise of 208 percent while fertiliser factories will pay Tk 8.44 per unit instead of Tk 2.71 per unit with the rise of 211 percent. They proposed increasing the gas tariffs by 96 percent to Tk 18.88 per unit from Tk 9.62 for captive power while it proposed hiking 132 percent gas tariff for industries to Tk 18.04 per unit against the existing rate of Tk 7.76 per unit. They proposed raising the tariff by 50 percent for CNG to Tk 48 per unit from Tk 32 while 41 percent for commercial use of gas to Tk 24.05 from Tk 17.04 per unit. As per the Berc Act, the energy regulator will announce its decision within 90 days of the hearing.
Category: Gas
Efforts continue to ensure uninterrupted power supply: Nasrul
March 10, 2019 Sunday 10:02 PM By BSS
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Sunday said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working restlessly to ensure smooth supply of electricity in affordable price for all the people of the country. “There is nothing to worry about it, we are working on it. It will take time for supplying uninterrupted power to all. Countries like Korea had taken 30 years for ensuring uninterrupted supply to its countrymen,” he said while addressing a dialogue as the chief guest at a city hotel. Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) organised the dialogue titled ‘Power and Energy Sector: Immediate Issues and Challenges’, with its Chairman Professor Rehman Sobhan in the chair. The dialogue was also addressed, among others, Dr M Tamim, Pro-Vice Chancellor of BRAC University; Professor Badrul Imam, Professor of Department of Geology, Dhaka University; and Professor Dr M Shamsul Alam, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Daffodil International University spoke as panelists at the event. The experts, at the discussion, put their recommendations for the development of the power and energy sectors in the days to come. The state minister said price of electricity in Bangladesh is the lowest level among developing countries, adding, “It is very difficult to work in particular sector such as power, as many people give different advices which sometimes create confusion.” He said the information provided by the CDP at today’s event should be updated as they gave old information. Regarding corruption in the sector, he said corruption is reducing and the system loss has brought down to a single digit, which was 44 percent during the BNP-Jamaat alliance. “System loss in Chattagram and DESCO is now at seven percent, which is visible in developed countries,” the state minister said. Research Director of CPD Khandker Golam Moazzem presented the keynote paper at the event. He said one of the main achievements of the present government is power and energy sector as it has been able to meet the shortfall in power by generating sufficient electricity.
Category: Power
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
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.  
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