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Use of LPG grows over 21pc since 2009
Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has identified 12 points for ensuring safe use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), as the growth of LPG use rose to over 21 percent since 2009 in the country. “The government is committed to ensure safe use of LPG cylinders across the country and working to create awareness among the users to this end,” Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Hena M Rahmatul Munim told newsmen at a press briefing at his ministry conference room on Thursday. He said the country’s LPG use rose to around 10 lakh tonnes in 2018, which was only 47,000 tonnes in 2009 and now the demand for LPG rose to 30 lakh tonnes. The secretary said the demand for LPG increased due to the government’s realistic steps including availability of LPG at every corner of the country, adding, “We are working to create awareness among the users and strengthen monitoring system to ensure safety and security of LPG cylinders.” Replying to a question, he said private sector would be enforced to create awareness among consumers side by side with raising quality of their products because the government primarily approved 60 companies for supplying LPG and now 17 companies are supplying LPG at consumer level. “If consumers use LPG properly then accidents would be reduced significantly,” Munim said.
Summit power approves 30pc cash dividend
December 10, 2018 Monday 4:41 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Summit Power Limited approved 30 percent cash dividend to its shareholders for the year ended on 30 June 2018. The dividend was approved in presence of the company’s shareholder at its 21st annual general meeting (AGM) held at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) Complex at Farmgate in Dhaka, said a press release. Summit Power Limited has been consistent in giving out dividend since its enlistment in the Dhaka and Chittagong Stock Exchanges in 2005. Presided over by chairman of Summit Power Limited Muhammed Aziz Khan, the meeting was attended by vice chairman Md Latif Khan, director Anjuman Aziz Khan, director Jafer Ummeed Khan, director Md Farid Khan, director Faisal Karim Khan, director Azeeza Aziz Khan, managing director Lt Gen (Retd) Engr. Abdul Wadud, director Faruq Ahmed Siddiqi,  director Helal Uddin Ahmed, director Arif Al Islam, director Mustafizur Rahman Khan, financial controller and company secretary Swapon Kumar Pal and other senior officials. Summit Power Limited (SPL) is the leading independent power producer (IPP) of Bangladesh and a publicly listed AAA rated company. Presently Summit Group is supplying 1,941 MW electricity to the national power grid. Recently Summit Power have installed 449 MW power plants at Kodda in Gazipur. Summit Group has received five consecutive the best power plant awards from government of Bangladesh since 2013.    
Category: Power
RCC to generate fuel, biogas, manure from wastes
December 8, 2018 Saturday 6:36 PM By BSS
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) has taken a decision in principle to generate fuel, biogas and bio-fertiliser from wastes. To this end, the corporation signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an American company at City Bhaban conference hall here on November 5. RCC Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton and chairman of West Technology LLC Limited Dr Moin Uddin signed the memorandum on behalf of their respective sides. Chief executive officer of the company Dr Anjuman Shelly, former pro-vice-chancellor of Rajshahi University Prof Mamnunul Keramat, RCC Chief Executive Officer Shah Mumin, Secretary Rejaul Karim, Chief Engineer Ashraful Haque and Superintending Engineer Khandaker Khairul Bashar were present at the ceremony.
Category: Renewable
India plans to expand gas pipeline to Myanmar through Bangladesh
December 8, 2018 Saturday 5:16 PM By The Economic Times
The Indian central government will initially spend Rs 700 billion (70,000 crore) to spread gas pipelines across the country. It is also working out plans to expand gas network to Myanmar through Bangladesh, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Wednesday. Dharmendra Pradhan was speaking at the three-day conference being organised jointly by National Corrosion Council of India, Karaikudi, SERPL, Central Electrochemical Research Institute and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). The Indian central government is promoting gas based economy which needs a massive network of pipelines for transportation of natural gas to various corners of the country, he said. “In the first phase Rs 700 billion will be invested to spread gas pipeline network across the country,” the petroleum minister said while addressing the 19th National Conference on Corrosion Control organised here. Pradhan said India is planning to expand gas pipeline network to Myanmar through Bangladesh. “Under this programme, pipelines are proposed to be constructed between Dhamra to Bangladesh and Siliguri to Bangladesh to export LNG gas according to the requirement of the neighbouring nation,” he said. Turning to Odisha, Pradhan said the state needs a huge infrastructure to store, refine and transport the natural gas to the doorsteps of the industry from Paradip, Dhamra and Gopalpur. He said Indian central government is contemplating to promote port-based industries in Odisha and also in other coastal states having natural ports. A strategic oil reserve project will also be launched in Chandikhol after acquiring land there, said Pradhan. The petroleum minister also announced that commercial production of polypropylene from Paradip refinery would commence this month. South Eastern Region Pipelines (SERPL) is presently operating cross-country pipelines network of crude oil and refined products as well as LPG of 1570 kms length with 19.35 MMTPA capacity, he said. Under this region, India Oil is having the biggest and largest crude oil handling facility at Paradip, which is feeding four most important refineries- Paradip, Haladia, Barauni and Bangaigaon. As future expansion plans under SERPL, laying works of 1212 km Paradip-Hyderabad pipeline with capacity of 4.5 MMTPA is in progress. Moreover, preconstruction works for 360 km long Paradip-Dhamra-Haladia LNG pipeline and 345 km long Paradip-Somanathpur-Haladia pipeline are also under progress, said the Petroleum Minister. Pradhan asked participating delegates, scientists and engineers to chalk out a roadmap for creation of better and advanced infrastructure for energy storage, refining and transportation with utilisation of corrosion free metals. The meet aims at analysing various industrial corrosion problems and provide a platform for interaction among industrialists, scientists, engineers and professionals.
Category: Regional
Mir Hannan made managing director of BAPEX
November 30, 2018 Friday 4:04 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Mir Md. Abdul Hannan has joined as managing director of Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Limited (BAPEX) on November 27. Previously he was working as a general manager (marketing) of Pashchimanchal Gas Company Limited. Mir Hannan was born in the district of Sirajganj.
Category: Others
Shapoorji Pallonji bags country’s first large-scale floating solar project
November 29, 2018 Thursday 7:33 AM By The Economic Time
India’s first large-scale floating solar project is on its way with Shapoorji Pallonji winning the first block in Solar Energy Corporation of India’s auction of 150 MW of such projects on the Rihand Dam, along the Uttar Pradesh-Madhya Pradesh border. Shapoorji Pallonji won the reverse auction for 50 MW quoting a tariff of Rs 3.29 per unit, officials said. “This is the country’s first floating solar project at such a scale,” said a Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) official. “There are a few others but they are in kilowatts.” The remaining 100 MW will also be shortly auctioned in blocks of 50 MW, the official said. “We had considered bringing out such a tender two years earlier, but our initial inquiries showed tariffs would have been in the range of Rs 7-8 per unit, and so we decided not to go ahead,” the official said. Since then, solar tariffs have fallen dramatically, with those of ground mounted projects dropping to Rs 2.50-3.50 per unit. In UP, where solar radiation is not as strong as in states like Rajasthan, the average tariff has been more than Rs 3 per unit. Rihand Dam, also known as Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar, is the country’s largest reservoir by volume and largest artificial lake, located on the Rihand River with its catchment area spread over Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. A problem several solar developers face is that of connectivity and transmission of the power they produce as mostly solar projects come up in rural areas because they need vast amounts of land – around six acres per MW. The Rihand floating projects will not have any such issues, and they can use the same transmission facilities as the hydropower station of the dam. “Floating solar is a well-established model worldwide,” said Vinay Rustagi, managing director at solar consultancy Bridge To India. “It is really great that India has also gone forward with floating solar and that too at this size.” He said the price discovered in the first reverse auction is 10% higher than ground-mounted projects in UP. “Given that transmission issues are less, the tariff is in line with expectations,” Rustagi said. He, however, expressed concern that the timeline for the project – at just 13 months – could be a challenge. “Acquiring floating structures within this deadline might be difficult," Rustagi said.
Category: Regional
1.1 MWp solar plant becomes functional at the rooftop of Far East Spinning
November 28, 2018 Wednesday 12:27 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL), with the support of KfW Development Bank, on November 26 organised an inauguration ceremony of the IDCOL financed 1.1 MWp rooftop solar project at the premises of Far East Spinning Industries Ltd (FESIL), located at Uttor Surma, Habiganj. As the installed project is saving grid electricity consumption of FESIL and thus reducing its electricity expenses, excess electricity is being sold to the government through a net-metering arrangement. Total cost of the project is Tk8.90 crore of which 20% was invested by FESIL as equity, while the remaning 80% was financed by IDCOL at an interest rate of 6% for 10 years. Speaking at the ceremony, Executive Director and CEO of IDCOL Mahmood Malik, said: “It is estimated that Bangladesh has a potential of generating more than 4,000 MW of electricity from rooftop solar energy.  IDCOL has set a target to finance 300 MWp rooftop solar projects by 2021.”  Bangladesh’s Government has expressed its vision to generate 2,000 MW of electricity from renewable energy source by 2020. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, the power, energy and mineral resources affairs adviser to the prime minister, inaugurated the project as the chief guest. Among others, Additional Secretary and Chairman of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) Md Helal Uddin, Deputy Commissioner of Habiganj Mahmudul Kabir Murad, Deputy Director of KfW Development Bank Md Tazmilur Rahman, Director of Centre for Energy Research of United International University Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury and Chairman of FESIL Asif Moyeen, were also present at the ceremony.  
Category: Renewable
Bakhrabad Gas Company earns Tk 217.86 lakh in profit
November 28, 2018 Wednesday 11:56 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Ltd (BGDCL), a company of Petrobangla, has made operating profit worth around Tk 217.86 lakh during the just concluding fiscal year 2017-2018, the company said in a press release recently. At the beginning of the financial year 2017-2018, the company management had formulated an action plan and sent the directions to the field level for achieving al the business targets aiming to make BGDCL a profitable, the press release added. Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Ltd disclosed the information at its 38th Annual General Meeting held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital. The additional secretary (development) of Energy and Mineral Resources Pervin Aktar, who is also chairman of BGDCL’s board of directors, chaired the meeting.
Category: Gas
Midland 150MW power plant goes into operation
November 27, 2018 Tuesday 11:20 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Midland East Power Ltd (MEPL), a 150-megawatt (MW) furnace oil-fired power project located at Chor Chartola of Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria, kicked off commercial operation on Monday. The plant used state-of-the-art engines manufactured by the engine manufacturing company Rolls Royce, Norway, said a company statement. This power plant will generate and supply electricity to state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for 15 years from the date of commercial operation, as per the contract. This power plant is one of the fast-track power projects awarded by the government last year.
Category: Power
RU solar panels help meet demand, contribute to national grid
November 27, 2018 Tuesday 11:11 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Aiming for uninterrupted power supply and save power, Rajshahi University (RU) authority installed solar power panels at the campus last year. Each panel is generating about 300 watts of electricity at the power plant while this electricity connected to the PDB (Power Development Board) line directly. Sources said these solar panels primarily installed on the rooftops of two administrative buildings and Vice Chancellor`s resident building under an agreement with Electronic Solar Power Company Limited after the open tender process while the company completed the installation work with Tk 2.92 million. Moreover, the government allocated Tk 8.0 million. After installation of the panel, load shedding or power shortage on the campus has become a thing of the past, as the panel is capable to produce electricity for twenty years. Earlier, the RU authority signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Electronic Solar Power Company Limited in January last year to implement the project. Under the project, solar panels will be installed on rooftops of all other buildings of the university. Engr Obaidul Islam, an official of RU Engineering section said oil and gas pollute environment. That`s why university authority installed such solar power which led to the decrease in the use of oil and gas. Besides, this panel will be able to contribute about 43-kilo watts power in the national grid, he also added. Pro-VC Prof. Chowdhury Mohammed Zakaria said that we should put emphasis on enriching renewable energy sources instead of depending on fossil fuel to face energy challenges. As part of overall infrastructure development inside the campus university authority installed this plant under a four- year master plan which estimated cost of around Tk 3.63 billion while ECNEC (Executive Committee of National Economic Council) has already approved the required fund last year, he added. Source: Financial Express
Category: Renewable
Govt scraps new floating LNG projects for land-based ones
November 24, 2018 Saturday 6:10 PM By Reuters
Bangladesh will scrap plans to build additional floating liquefied natural gas import (LNG) terminals in favour of land-based stations, a senior government official said. Adverse weather is making it difficult to operate the country’s sole floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and, hence, Bangladesh does not plan to build any further FSRU projects, said Mohammad Quamruzzaman, managing director of the Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company. His firm is in charge of LNG imports at state-owned oil firm Petrobangla. “We will not go for more floating LNG projects at this time. One is already online and another is expected to start in March next year,” he told Reuters. The South Asian nation began importing LNG from Qatar on a regular basis in September through the country’s first FSRU operated by privately owned US company Excelerate. The FSRU arrived in April for commissioning at the port of Moheshkhali near the city of Cox’s Bazar but its start-up was delayed by several months due to technical problems and bad weather. A second FSRU project, operated by Summit Corp with Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp as a partner, is expected to start operations in March next year, doubling the country’s import capacity to 7.5 million tonnes a year. Scrapped FSRU projects will include a project by India’s Reliance Power and another by a consortium comprising Hongkong Shanghai Manjala Power and Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd, Quamruzzaman said. Reliance did not reply to requests for comment while Hong Kong Shanghai Manjala Power declined to comment. Petroliam Nasional did not immediately respond to a comment request. Rupantarita Prakritik has short-listed five companies for a proposed land-based terminal that can import 7.5 million tonnes per year of LNG, including Japan’s Mitsui, Osaka Gas and JERA, and two other Korean companies, said Quamruzzaman. The terminal could be built at Matarbari in Cox’s Bazar, though the details are not yet firm, he said. Developing countries that have sought LNG supplies have adopted FSRU terminals since they are typically about half the cost of land-based terminals, twice as quick to deliver and can be moved to other destinations when they are no longer needed.
Category: Gas
BIPPA members represent 47% of nation’s installed power generation capacity
November 21, 2018 Wednesday 5:05 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
At the third annual general meeting (AGM) of Bangladesh Independent Power Producers’ Association (BIPPA) the President of BIPPA Mohammad Latif Khan thanked the government of Bangladesh for the policy support that enabled Independent Power Producers (IPP) to contribute 47% of nation’s installed power generation capacity of about 20,000 MW. The annual report and upcoming fiscal year’s budget of BIPPA were also approved at the AGM, said a press release. BIPPA was formed in 2015, a trade organisation that represents fifty Independent Power Producers (IPPs) of the country. BIPPA is committed to sustainable production and uninterrupted distribution of electricity, an essential service for the nation’s progress and development.
Category: Others
Govt resolves FSRU issues, to resume LNG imports
November 20, 2018 Tuesday 5:48 PM By Reuters
Bangladesh will resume liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports this week after resolving issues with its sole floating storage and regasification (FSRU) unit, a senior official said on Monday. Two cargoes, meant to be delivered on November 07 and November 15, had been cancelled as the FSRU was closed due to problems with a hydraulic line that operates an emergency shutdown valve. “The problem with the hydraulic line has been resolved now,” said Mohammad Quamruzzaman, managing director of Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company, the unit in-charge of LNG imports at state-owned oil firm Petrobangla. The next cargo with 140,000 cubic-metre LNG will arrive on November 21, he told Reuters. No LNG has been discharged into Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar since October 29, shiptracking data from Refinitiv Eikon showed. Bangladesh has a long-term supply agreement with Qatar’s RasGas Co. The South Asian nation began importing LNG from Qatar on a regular basis in September. The FSRU arrived in April for commissioning in Moheshkhali port by Cox’s Bazar. A second FSRU project, operated by Summit Corp with Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp as a partner, is expected to start operations in March next year, doubling the country’s import capacity to 7.5 million tonnes a year.
Category: Gas
Short course on nuclear power technology at BUET by Russian professors
November 17, 2018 Saturday 4:50 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering (INPE) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in association with National Research Nuclear University MEPhI of Russia organised a workshop on Nuclear Technology from November 5 to 9 at INPE Auditorium. Seventy student from different faculties of BUET took part in the intensive workshop covering topics like machinery and equipment of VVER-1000 and VVER 1200 based nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel cycle and thermohydraulic profiling of nuclear reactor cores. Three Professors from MEPhI - Dr. Dmitrii Samokhin, Dr. V Fedoseev and Dr. Olga Momot were the mentors in the workshop. On the concluding day on November 9, certificates were awarded among the participants, said a press release. Dr. Shaikh Anowarul Fattah, Director of INPE- BUET, Dr. M A Rashid Sarkar, Former Diector of INPE-BUET, A P Demin, Director of Russian Centre of Acience and Culture in Dhaka, Mikhail S. Bronnikov, and ROSATOM (Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation) Representative in Bangladesh were present on the occasion. “I found the participants to be very enthusiastic. I believe that they are capable enough to take the challenge of implementing Bangladesh’s nuclear power programme in future.” said Dr. Dmitrii Samokhin, Head, Department of Nuclear Physics and Engineering, MEPhI. “We look forward to organise similar courses for Bangladeshi students in the days to come.” Bangladesh is implementing its first ever nuclear power plant at Rooppur of Pabna the technological and financial assistance from Russia, which is considered to be the global leader in construction of nuclear power plants. The power project will have two units each of 1,200 MW capacity. Latest 3+ Generation VVER- 1200 reactors to be set up there which completely meet up the safety requirements set by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Moreover, under an inter-governmental agreement Russia is assisting Bangladesh in training its manpower for the Rooppur Nuclear Power Project. Over hundred students from Bangladesh presently are studying nuclear science in Russian universities. Rosatom is also providing theoretical and practical courses for Rooppur project employees.        
Category: Nuclear
Grand opening of LAUGFS cylinder requalification plant
November 17, 2018 Saturday 4:34 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh, an entity of cent percent Sri Lankan investment by the ownership of LAUGFS Holdings, officially inaugurated its cylinder requalification plant at its terminal in Mongla, Khulna. With the deployment of advanced technologies and modern machineries, it’s a state of the art infrastructure that LAUGFS Gas has built to serve the country with safest and best quality LP Gas cylinders, said a press release. Safety is the license to lead- keeping this notion in mind, LAUGFS Gas’ newly built infrastructure will reassure its promise to deliver the most safest LP Gas cylinders in the market. Trusted partner in the global LP Gas market, LAUGFS Gas serving the people of Bangladesh with safety, quality and reliability with the support of its nationwide distribution network. The occasion was graced by the presence of LAUGFS Gas’ Group Managing Director Thilak De Silva, Director & CEO Saidul Islam, COO Ranjith Jayawardena, GM- Sales and Marketing Nazeer Latiff and GM- Operations Dr. Mayura Neththikumarage. The board and senior officials of LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh have thanked all the staffs, distributors and stakeholders of Bangladesh for relentlessly working together to achieve the common goal of its business operation and the established plant is one of the milestones of it.
Category: LPG
China overtakes Japan to become world’s top natural gas importer
November 12, 2018 Monday 6:38 PM By Oilprice.com
China has recently overtaken Japan to become the world’s biggest importer of natural gas and will likely keep that crown as pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure grow, according to an analysis by S&P Global Platts. In the first ten months of this year, China imported a total of 72.06 million metric tons of natural gas, a 33.1-percent increase compared to January-October 2017. China’s natural gas imports in January-October this year were higher than all of its natural gas imports of 68.57 million tons in 2017, Platts notes, citing Chinese customs data. During the same period, Japan’s imports of LNG stood at 67.36 million tons. According to official data from Japan and China collected by Platts, China first overtook Japan in April this year, when it imported a total of 6.818 million tons of natural gas, higher than Japan’s imports of 6.079 million tons of LNG. Last year, the Chinese government drive to switch millions of residents from coal to natural gas resulted in China surpassing South Korea to become the world’s second-largest LNG importer behind Japan. China’s natural gas imports are set to rise with the construction of new LNG import terminals and the Power of Siberia pipeline from Russia, expected to come into service in late 2019. China is raising its domestic natural gas production, but it is importing and is expected to continue to import growing volumes of gas as domestic production growth can’t keep up with surging demand. According to the Gas 2018 report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), due to the policy to reduce air pollution, China’s natural gas demand is expected to grow by 60 percent through 2023. China is projected to account for 37 percent of the global growth in natural gas consumption between 2017 and 2023, more than any other country, the IEA said. The share of imports in China’s natural gas supply is seen rising from 39 percent to 45 percent by 2023, the agency forecasts.
Category: Other Countries
EGCB is looking for partner for solar and wind power generation
November 12, 2018 Monday 7:21 AM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
State-owned Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCB) is looking for company to form joint partnership to construct a 100 MW solar power plant and a 10 MW wind power plant. An official with the company informed that for the separate solar and wind power plant at Sonagazi of Feni, the company has already asked for expression of interest (EoI) from local and foreign companies. The EoI could be submitted within December 19 this year. Separate memorandum of understanding and joint venture agreement will be signed with the interested company upon selection. At present, EGCB run 210MW, 335MW and 412MW power plants in Narayanganj.
Category: Renewable
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