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1 MW waste-to-energy power plant in 30 months
State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid has said a 1 MW capacity waste-to-energy power project will be implemented in Keraniganj upazila within the next 30 months to generate electricity from garbage. He mentioned that if Keraniganj waste-to-energy project becomes successful, more projects will be undertaken to generate electricity from garbage in different upazilas across the country. He made the announcement while inaugurating a 33/11 kV substation and multi-storied office building of Dhaka Palli Bidyut Samity-4 at Jheelmil-1 Housing Project in Keraniganj on October 13. Rural Electrification Board (REB) has installed the substation through its Dhaka Palli Bidyut Samity-4. The State Minister also laid the foundation of different substations with similar capacity at Jheelmil-2 project, Konakhola, Chargalgalia and Washpur. Being an MP from Keraniganj, Nasrul Hamid noted that a master plan is being adopted to develop the suburb as a modern locality.        He said it will reduce population pressure on Dhaka city if all modern amenities are ensured for people of the Keraniganj upazila. With senior general manager of Palli Bidyut Samity-4 Rabiul Islam in the chair, the function was also addressed by REB Chairman Major General Moin Uddin and Keraniganj upazila chairman Shahin Ahmed.
NESCO proposes 15.30% retail power price hike
October 4, 2017 Wednesday 9:16 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
State-owned Northern Electricity Supply Company Ltd (NESCO) on Wednesday proposed hiking its electricity tariff by 15.30 percent considering the proposed increase in bulk tariff.   NESCO presented the proposal at the public hearing organised by Bangladeshi Energy Regulatory Commission or BERC at the TCB Auditorium in Dhaka. According to the company`s proposal, the existing average retail tariff is Tk 6.73 per unit while it wants it to be raised to Tk 7.76 per unit.  NESCO is a new state-owned company which was established in October last year in the districts under Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions taking over the power distribution activities from the Power Development Board. Placing the proposal at the public hearing arranged by the BERC, Md Zakiul Islam, Managing Director of the NESCO, said they need to raise the tariff to cover its loss because of enhanced staff salary and some development works. The BERC technical committee, which evaluated the tariff hike proposal, said the company may raise its tariff maximum by Tk 0.89 per unit.
Category: Power
BPDB seeks 14.74% hike; regulator’s technical body recommends 11.78%
September 25, 2017 Monday 11:13 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
The technical evaluation committee of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has recommended hiking of the bulk electricity price by Tk 0.54 (11.78 per cent) per unit instead of Tk 0.87 (14.78 per cent) proposed by the state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB). The committee made the recommendation after holding a discussion and hearing on the PDB proposal at BERC office in Dhaka on Monday. BPDB submitted the price hike proposal to BERC earlier on February 20. On the other hand, Consumer rights groups, business bodies and left leaning political parties strongly opposed the government entity’s power tariff hike proposal at the public hearing that began at the TCB Auditorium.  The technical evaluation committee of the regulator, which thoroughly examined the BPDB proposal, found gross inconsistency in the BPDB’s accounting statements and recommended a rise by only 11.78 percent to Tk 5.41per unit. However, the BERC, headed by its chairman, will take the final decision on the tariff hike proposal on conclusion of the current series of hearings. BERC chairman Monwar Islam presided over the public hearing session while other members of the regulatory body -- Rahman Murshed, Abdul Aziz Khan, Mizanur Rahman, and Masudul Haque Bhuiyan -- were present on the occasion. The BPDB urged the regulator to raise the power tariff both at the bulk and retail levels while the distribution companies called for enhancing tariff at the retail level only.  Opposing the BPDB’s proposal, CAB adviser Prof Shamsul Alam raised a volley of questions about the justification of the proposal saying it is mysterious that why BPDB does not supply gas to generate power at low cost. But that gas is diverted to private power plants and BPDB is forced to buy power at much higher rates. He said liquid fuel is supplied to BPDB at much higher rates which the private plants are getting at much lower rates. Shamsul Alam said if such discriminations, distortions and irregularities are removed, the BPDB will not need to raise power tariff at the bulk level. “If the bulk level price is up, the retail level will go up.” The BERC will hold a public hearing on retail tariff proposal of BPDB on Tuesday.
Category: Power
Trade panel: Cheap imports hurt US solar industry
September 24, 2017 Sunday 11:07 AM By AP/UNB
Low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers, a U.S. trade commission ruled Friday, raising the possibility of the Trump administration imposing tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from abroad. The 4-0 vote by the International Trade Commission sets up a two-month review period in which the panel must recommend a remedy to President Donald Trump, with a final decision on tariffs expected in January. White House spokeswoman Natalie Strom said Trump "will examine the facts and make a determination that reflects the best interests of the United States. The U.S. solar manufacturing sector contributes to our energy security and economic prosperity." Georgia-based Suniva Inc. and Oregon-based SolarWorld Americas brought the case, saying a flood of imports have pushed them to the brink of extinction. Suniva declared bankruptcy, while SolarWorld had to lay off three-quarters of its workforce. Cheap imports have led to a boom in the U.S. solar industry, where rooftop and other installations have surged tenfold since 2011. The main trade group for the solar industry and many governors oppose tariffs, saying they could cause a sharp price hike that would lead to a drop in solar installations by more than 50 percent in two years. Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, called the trade commission`s vote disappointing for nearly 9,000 U.S. solar companies and the 260,000 Americans they employ. "Foreign-owned companies that brought business failures on themselves are attempting to exploit American trade laws to gain a bailout for their bad investments," Hopper said, warning that potential tariffs could double the price of solar installations, lowering U.S. demand and risking billions of dollars in investment. Suniva`s U.S. operations are based in Georgia, but the company`s majority owner is in China. SolarWorld Americas is a subsidiary of German solar giant SolarWorld, which declared insolvency last month. Suniva hailed the ruling.     "It will be in President Trump`s hands to decide whether America will continue to have the capability to manufacture this energy source," the company said in a statement. "President Trump can remedy this injury with relief that ensures U.S. energy dominance that includes a healthy U.S. solar ecosystem and prevents China and its proxies from owning the sun." Trump has not cozied up to the solar industry, as he has for coal and other fossil fuels, but he is considered sympathetic to imposing tariffs on solar imports as part of his "America first" agenda. Governors of four solar-friendly states — Nevada, Colorado, Massachusetts and North Carolina — oppose the tariff, warning it could jeopardize the industry. They cited a study showing that a global tariff could cause solar installations to drop by more than 50 percent in two years, a crushing blow as states push for renewable energy that does not contribute to climate change. "The requested tariff could inflict a devastating blow on our states` solar industries and lead to unprecedented job loss, at steep cost to our states` economies," the two Republicans and two Democrats wrote in a letter Thursday to the trade commission. A group of former U.S. military officials also urged the Trump administration to reject solar tariffs, noting that the Defense Department is the nation`s largest energy consumer and follows a federal law calling for the Pentagon to procure 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. Suniva called the case a matter of fairness. Even with better manufacturing methods, lower costs and "dramatically improved efficiency," the company has "suffered substantial losses due to global imports," Suniva said in its petition. The company declared bankruptcy this spring after laying off 190 employees and closing production sites in Georgia and Michigan. SolarWorld Americas, meanwhile, has trimmed its workforce from 1,300 to 300, with more cuts likely. "After nearly 30 factories have shut down in the wake of surging imports, the legacy of this pioneering American industry hangs in the balance," said Juergen Stein, CEO and president of SolarWorld Americas. "We believe that the promise of solar - energy sustainability and independence - can be realized only with healthy American manufacturing to supply growing U.S. demand," Stein said in a statement to The Associated Press. Hopper countered that a tariff would likely decrease the number of U.S. manufacturers, because of reduced demand. While the U.S. solar industry employs about 260,000 people, fewer than 2,000 are involved in making solar panels like those made by Suniva and SolarWorld. More than half of solar jobs are in installation, with another 66,000 in sales, distribution and development. About 38,000 jobs involve manufacture of inverters, racks and other products related to solar panels. Hopper told reporters she was optimistic that Trump would not impose tariffs on solar imports. The president wants to create jobs and increase energy security and economic prosperity, and that is the story of the solar industry," she said. "I think that is entirely resonant with his rhetoric and his concern."
Category: Renewable
Wärtsilä to supply 220 MW power plant to Bangladesh`s Orion Group
September 21, 2017 Thursday 10:57 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply two more power plants to Bangladesh. Orion Group, one of the country’s leading industrial conglomerates, is developing two 110 MW power plants, each of which will operate on six Wärtsilä 50 engines running on heavy fuel oil (HFO). The Wärtsilä order was booked in July, 2017, said a press release from Wärtsilä. The contract for these base load plants follows a string of power plant orders that Wärtsilä has received from Bangladeshi companies. The country continues to invest in developing its energy infrastructure in order to meet the electric needs for industrial developments, and to overcome a general power shortage. The two equipment supply contracts are for the Orion Power Rupsha and the Orion Power Sonargaon projects. The Rupsha plant, located in Lodonchora, is being developed on a fast-track schedule and is due to become fully operational in May 2018. The six Wärtsilä 50 engines will be delivered in December of this year. The Sonargaon plant is scheduled to be in operation by August, 2018 with the Wärtsilä delivery scheduled for January of that year. The electricity generated by these plants will be fed to the national grid. “We have previously installed Wärtsilä engines in three other power plant projects and we have had very good experience with them. Both the equipment and the support we receive from the company are reliable and efficient, and we are very pleased to have them as a partner in these two important projects,” commented Salman Karim, Managing Director of Orion Power. Wärtsilä’s ability to deliver in accordance with the tight scheduling needs of these contracts was cited as being an important factor in the award of these contracts. Furthermore, the low heat rate of the Wärtsilä 50 engine fulfills the customer’s expectations. These latest deliveries will bring Wärtsilä’s total installed base in Bangladesh to more than 3700 MW.
Category: Power
EPC deal signed to build 150 MW power plant in Ashuganj
September 21, 2017 Thursday 10:32 AM By UNB
Midland East Power Ltd, a local private company, on September 17 signed an EPC (engineering, procurement construction) contract with a Chinese-Bangladeshi consortium for construction of a 150 MW furnace oil-based power plant in Ashuganj in the country. The consortium of CRRC Siynang Co,. Ltd of China and local Green Power Ltd undertook the job to work as EPC contractor. The Midland won the project from the government on unsolicited basis to set up the power plant and sale electricity as independent power producer (IPP). State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shariar Alam, who was present at the signing ceremony at a local hotel, welcomed the deal and called both the sponsor and EPC contractor to make efforts for timely the implementation of the project so that the government can take power as per its schedule. As per schedule, the sponsor will have to set up the project within 9 months from the date of contract to be signed with government. The State Minister urged to remain cautious about the condition of the project to avert punishment saying that if the sponsor fails to implement the project as per schedule, it will have to face penalty. Managing director of Midland Power Rezaul Hayat, Green Power managing director Sheikh Ehsanul Habib and officials of the CRRC also spoke on the occasion. Officials said Eastern Bank and IDCOL have been financing the project.
Category: Power
United Group wins 200 MW power plant in Mymensingh
September 21, 2017 Thursday 10:27 AM By UNB
Local conglomerate United Group have won the contract to build another 200MW furnace oil-fired power plant in Mymensingh. United were awarded a BOO, or build-operate-own contract for the project, which means after a specified period during which United will first set it up, as well as manage production of the electricity at the plant, all of which would be sold to the government. Cabinet purchase committee on Wednesday approved a proposal of the Power Development Board (PDB) to purchase electricity from independent power producer (IPP) project at a tariff of 10.7 cents per kilowatt hour (Tk 8.5 per unit) for next 15 years. The plant will run at 80 percent plant factor with 12 percent discount factor. To purchase all the electricity produced at the plant over the next 15 years, the government will pay Tk 17,640 crore. However, in a condition attached to the contract, United will have to set up the plant within 9 months of signing of the contract – that is expected to take place in the near future. Earlier, United Group won and implemented a number of IPP projects. The cabinet body, with AMA Muhith in the chair, also approved another proposal of Power Ministry to award a contract to supply 23,211 distribution transformers. Local firm Confidence Electric Ltd won the contract at a cost of Tk 170 crore.
Category: Power
Mostafa Kamal made new advisor of Summit Power Limited
September 16, 2017 Saturday 12:33 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Summit Power Limited, the largest independent power producer in Bangladesh, has recently appointed Md. Mostafa Kamal as its new advisor. On his appointment he said, “I am pleased to be a part of Summit Power that employs numerous Bangladeshi engineers by creating high skilled jobs and has great track record in technology transfer.” Prior to joining Summit, he held important positions such as Managing Director of Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCBL), Director IPP Cell, Chief Engineer (Generation), Member (Distribution and Generation) in Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and also Director General, Power Cell under Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources. He is a B.Sc. Engineer (Mechanical) from BUET.    
Category: Power
Bhola power plant to use GE technical support
September 16, 2017 Saturday 12:14 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
General Electric (GE) has recently announced that it has been selected by the Shapoorji Pallonji Group (SP Group) to supply the power generation equipment for the upcoming 220-megawatt (MW) combined cycle power plant in the Bhola district of Bangladesh, the company said in a press statement. This will be GE’s second power plant in Bhola of the same capacity with the first being commissioned in 2015. The announcement continues GE’s regional leadership in delivering innovative technologies and state-of-the-art equipment to its power generation customers in South Asia, strengthening GE’s installed base in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. “The Bhola power project will be an important milestone for the Shapoorji Pallonji Group in Bangladesh, contributing towards increasing the country’s power generation capacity. GE’s technological prowess and on-the-ground local market expertise proved to be a huge advantage for our teams right through the process of configuration selection, to submission of cutting edge performance parameters and detailed proposal to the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).
Category: Power
15-yr deal likely with India to import diesel thru’ pipeline
September 13, 2017 Wednesday 1:59 PM By UNB
A move is underway to sign a 15-year deal with India to annually import 250,000 tonnes to 400,000 tonnes of diesel from the neighbouring country through a cross-border pipeline. After a long discussion between Dhaka and New Delhi, the Bangladesh government has finally decided to sign the contract with India to import petroleum, according to official sources. They said the Cabinet Economic Affairs Committee approved a proposal in principle in this regard on August 23. The whole consignment of petroleum will come through a cross-border pipeline from India`s Numaligarh refinery, located in Gloaghat in north-eastern Indian state of Assam, while Bangladesh will receive it at Parbatipur petroleum fuel depot in north-western district of Dinajpur. To facilitate the import, both the neighbours have to build a 130-km cross-border pipeline, named as `Indo-Bangla Friendship Pipeline`, of which a 125-km one is to be laid in Bangladesh while only 5-km in India. Official sources said though most part of the proposed pipeline is to be laid in Bangladesh part, Indian government will provide about Rs 303 crore as a grant to build the pipeline project in Bangladesh portion. However, Bangladesh will build and operate the pipeline in its part while India will build and operate the pipeline in its portion. While promising the grant for the pipeline, the officials said New Delhi tagged a pre-condition that Dhaka has to first sign a `Sales & Purchase Agreement (SPA) to receive the grant. In compliance with the New Delhi`s condition, the Cabinet Economic Affairs Committee, the highest policymaking body in making economic decision, especially any big purchase without tender, approved a proposal of the Energy Division to sign the SPA. Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) officials said once they received the copy of the cabinet body`s approval, they will move to sign the SPA. "We hope, the SPA will be signed within a month or two and then the initiative for the construction of pipeline will be taken. It`ll take at least two years to complete the construction," a top official of the BPC told UNB requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak on the issue. An official document obtained by UNB revealed that in the SPA, the `premium` or transportation cost of the petroleum was fixed at $5.5 per barrel of diesel and the price of petroleum will be fixed on the basis of price on the international oil market. Bangladesh now imports diesel with a premium of $4.4 per barrel. The documents also reveal that Bangladesh will annually import 250,000 metric tonnes in the first three years, 300,000 mt annually in the 4th to 6th years, 350,000 mt annually in the 7th to 10th years and 400,000 mt annually from the 11th to 15th years.
Category: Petroleum
BPDB signs agreement with Indian company to buy 220 MW power
August 28, 2017 Monday 10:10 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The state-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) signed the power purchase agreement (PPA) with Nutan Bidyut Bangladesh Limited, a newly formed power company by Shapoorji Pallonji Group of India, for procuring 220 megawatt (MW) electricity in the country. The Shapoorji Pallonji will set up the duel fuel power plant at Borhanuddin island of Bhola district within next 28 months and start commercial operation by December 2019. Secretary of BPDB Mina Masud-uz-Zaman and J Sinha Mahapatra Director of Nutan Bidyut Bangladesh Limited signed the PPA on behalf of their respective sides at the Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka on Monday. The BPDB would purchase electricity from the plant for next 22 years at tariff of 3.9830 US Cent (equivalent to Tk 3.1864 per unit) per kilowatt hour for gas-fired generation and 16.9621 US Cent (equivalent to Tk 13.57 per unit) when the plant will run by diesel at 212 MW capacity. Welcoming the deal with Shapoorji Pallonji, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid noted it is the first Indian company which has moved to set up a power plant here with hundred percent private investment. Urging the Indian company to complete its project before the next general election, he said the government has a plan to increase power generation by 2,000 MW each year. The function was addressed, among others, by Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Petrobangla Chairman Abul Mansur Md. Faizullah and BPDB chairman Khaled Mahmood.
Category: Power
Bangladeshi students studying in Russia visit Rooppur project site
August 21, 2017 Monday 11:00 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
A group of 34 Bangladeshi students studying nuclear science in Russia visited the under construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Project site at Ishwardi on August 20, 2017. The students are in Bangladesh at the moment to enjoy their annual summer vacation. The main purpose of the visit was to practically acquaint the future nuclear specialists of the country with the implementation process of the project, said a press release. During the day long program, organized by Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) the students were taken around different parts of the project and were briefed on the ongoing construction activities. They were also explained the various steps of implementation of the country’s first ever nuclear power plant. The Project Director Dr. Shawkat Akbar stressed the necessity of skilled manpower for a developed and sustainable nuclear infrastructure of the country. He further informed that the Bangladesh government has been working in that direction. Dr. Akbar hoped that the Bangladeshi students studying in Russia by virtue of their eligibility will be able to work for at the Rooppur nuclear power plant and will take the opportunity to utilize their knowledge and experience, gathered in Russia. After visiting the site, Zaima Huque, a first year nuclear engineering student of MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) said, “I will be proud to work for the first ever nuclear power plant of the country. I intend to play significant role in development of nuclear industry in the country with my knowledge, experience and merit.” Masudur Rahman, a post-graduate nuclear engineering student of the same university while sharing his experience said, “Rooppur nuclear power plant is a matter of pride for all of us. It is going to let us enter the global nuclear elite club. Progress of the project work is really satisfactory and I hope that we’ll be able to get electricity from the project within the stipulated time. Given the opportunity I’ll dedicate myself to this prestigious project for the sake of my country.” As the part of human resources development for the nuclear industry and under a bilateral agreement, 43 Bangladeshi students are studying nuclear science in Russian renowned National Research Nuclear University – MEPhI both in pre and post-graduate levels. As per agreement Russian government is providing scholarships to meritorious Bangladeshi students to study nuclear science in their country. ASE Group of Companies, A sister concern of the Russia’s State Nuclear Energy Corporation (ROSATOM) is constructing the Rooppur nuclear power plant in the district of Pabna. Two 3+ generation nuclear power units, each of 1,200 MW capacity to be set up at the project. The main phase of construction is expected to begin in the nearest future.
Category: Nuclear
Continuation of subsidy for poor people on energy price suggested
August 19, 2017 Saturday 11:36 PM By BSS
Speakers at a seminar on Saturday said the government must continue subsidy for the poor people even after fixing the energy price on the basis of the market value. They said the energy price might raise three folds in the next 10 years obviously in a transparent way but it should be contained within the limit of the poor people by increasing efficiency in the energy sector. The seminar on Energy Tariff and National Economy was organised by the Forum for Energy Reporters Bangladesh (FERB) at the Biduyt Bhaban in the city. State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid addressed the seminar as the chief guest and energy expert Professor Dr M Tamim presented the keynote paper. Nasrul Hamid said the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would supply electricity to all citizens (100%) by 2018, adding, “But it will take more time to supply uninterrupted electricity with subsidy to continue to meet the energy demand.” He said the government is importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) with initiatives already taken to rebate VAT and tax on LNG. “We have to bring changes in our plans keeping pace with the global situation as the LNG and oil prices are declining in the world market. As a result, we have to pay attention to that for alternative fuel aimed at ensuring energy security.” “The cost for coal fired power plants will increase due to modern and latest technology and environmental impacts,” the state minister said. The government would fix power tariff through consultation with all concerned, he said adding, the main objective of the government is to ensure energy security and provide electricity to every household on an affordable price. Professor Dr M Tamim said the fuel mix is the principal driving force behind electricity pricing, as energy prices have been lower (sometime much lower) than market prices aided by government subsidy (direct and tacit). “With the economy growing fast and getting bigger, the energy price must reflect market price. Predicting future pricing is challenging because, shifting fuel mix, uncertain demand forecast, changes in international energy price, government subsidy/loan policy, government policy/priority shift in energy decision,” he said. Professor Tamim, also former special assistant to the chief advisor, said while fixing the prices of fuel at the market price, the poor people will have to continue the subsidy, adding, “The price predictability is extremely important for Industries, especially for electricity.” He said the generation cost was Taka 6.27/kWh in 2014-15 whereas the cost went down to Taka 5.55/kWh in 15-16 against an average bulk sale of Taka 4.9 reducing subsidy substantially. Tamim highlighted the chronology of World and Bangladesh gas price like in 1974 gas price was Taka 3.7 at consumer level, while it was only $ 0.46 (mcf) in power sector and the price rose to Taka 73.91 and $ 1.07 in 2007, adding, “Many factors will affect the price of fuel. The price of fuel will be fixed at the market price.” He also suggested in his keynote that the LPG price should be kept in the market with the combination of gas pipeline, adding, “The government should not control the price of fuel in any situation.” Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission Member Mizanur Rahman said, “If the price of primary fuel changes, electricity price will also be changed. But the fuel price will always be kept under purchasing capacity of the common people.” Bangladesh Power Development Board Chairman Khaled Mahmud said that efforts have been taken to increase efficiency in power production, adding, “The old power plants are being phased out.” Power Cell Director General Engineer Mohammad Hossain said that the government should have control over the energy sector’s price to ensure energy security for all. Professor Shamsul Alam, advisor to the Consumers Association of Bangladesh said that transparency should be ensured in the energy policy and then all problems will be resolved. Imran Karim, vice-president of the Bangladesh Independent Power Producers Association, a private power producer`s organisation, said that the bill has to be paid without using gas. That`s why the appropriate meters have to be provided in the industry and enhance fuel supply in the sector.
Category: Others
Bangladeshi children attend international camp in Russia
August 16, 2017 Wednesday 12:24 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Fifteen Bangladeshi children attended the Rosatom School International Children’s Camp ended on August 6 at the Ocean Children`s Center in Vladivostok, Russia. The approximately 20 day camp, supported by Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation-Rosatom and Russia’s federal agency for international co-operation Rossotrudnichestvo, was participated by 126 children from eight countries, said a press release. “Organization and implementation of the Rosatom School International Children’s Camp is a challenging and fascinating task. As a rule, participants gather at such places to study the global language or to solve several subject-specific tasks. According to the participants the Russian international camp is very different from the camps they visited before. The Rosatom School International Children’s Camp is unique thanks to the opportunity to choose various activities, communication in various languages, development of creative and intellectual products, work with cultural contexts, its friendly and happy environment,” said Natalia Shurochkova, Head of the Rosatom school project. The camp included various programs including a number of workshops for participants, where each child could find what he or she wanted to do and learn things, which usually are not taught at schools. During each workshop, adult moderators created challenging situations for children which they had to address through joint efforts. As a result, children speaking different languages learnt to understand each other using verbal and non-verbal means of communication, found points of interaction and built partnerships. One of the most impressive results of joint activities is the Rosatom School: Designing the Future Together. With various installations in the background, the children organized an improvised performance in which they caught each other’s ideas and reacted in accordance with their own ideas. Besides, the Rosatom school project gave each child an opportunity to feel like a professional diplomat. The children could test various diplomatic approaches, established states and found allies, demonstrating patience and inventiveness. Alexander Zubko, Honorary Consul of Bangladesh in Vladivostok, met the participants of the international camp.  He pointed out that a small step into the great future has already been made thanks to the Rosatom School project.
Category: Others
Govt to ensure energy security by increasing gas production: Tawfiq
August 10, 2017 Thursday 12:34 PM By BSS
Prime Minister`s Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Affairs Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury on Wednesday said the government is working to increase gas production alongside importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to meet energy demand in the country. "Process is underway to explore onshore gas across the country alongside the importing of LNG," he said this while addressing a seminar at Petro Center in the city`s Karwan Bazar. Energy and Mineral Resources Division organised the seminar marking the National Energy Security Day 2017 with its secretary Nazimuddin Chowdhury in the chair. Among others, chairman of energy regulatory council Monwar Islam, Petrobangla chairman Abul Mansur M Faizullah and BPC chairman Abu Hena Rahmatul Munim spoke. Manager of Rupantarita Natural Gas Company Limited Kazi M Anwarul Azim presented an article entitled "LNG as Primary Energy: Bangladesh Perspective" and Dr Moniruzzaman, deputy secretary of the Energy and Mineral Resources, presented a paper on `Oil Pipeline: to ensure uninterrupted oil supply for energy security` at the seminar. The adviser said the government has also emphasized on offshore exploration of gas. Referring to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman`s milestone task for the country after independence by acquiring five gas fields on August 9, 1975, Nazimuddin Chowdhury said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also taking steps to ensure energy security in the country. Earlier, one minute silence was observed commemorating the martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members.
Category: Gas
Rosatom to train Indian engineers at a jointly set up centre in Ranchi
August 10, 2017 Thursday 12:25 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
India’s Heavy Engineering Corporation Limited (HEC) and CNIITMASH a sister concern of Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation ROSATOM are jointly working on establishing a Center for General Engineering and Technical Training in the India’s city of Rachi. First 200 engineers from HEC Ltd. will start their education program by the end of 2017 or early 2018, said a press release. The training will be given nine different courses of one to four months duration and will be carried out by CNIITMASH specialists.  The initiative aims at skill development of technical people, working in various engineering enterprises in India. Currently, CNIITMASH specialists are preparing training materials for the centre. The Center is expected to raise efficiency of production in national energy and engineering sectors and to develop qualification of Indian engineers. It may be mentioned here that Rosatom has undertaken an extensive programme to develop and train human resources for Bangladesh in its nuclear energy sector. The Russian state company is implementing the first ever nuclear power plant of Bangladesh at Rooppur of Pabna district.
Category: Regional
Nasrul hopes for gas sector master plan timely
August 7, 2017 Monday 11:48 PM By BSS
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Monday hoped that the gas sector master plan 2017 would be prepared timely incorporating rational opinions. "To ensure energy security in the country, the Awami League government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has started preparing the master plan in time," he said while addressing a function on "Presentation Draft Final Report on Gas Sector Master Plan 2017 as the chief guest. Among others, Chairman of Petrobangla Abu Mansur Md Faizullah, Ambassador of Denmark to Bangladesh Mikael Hemniti Winther, Director General of Power Cell Engineer Mohammad Hossain and Director, Departmental Studies of Ramboll Soren Lovstad Christensen spoke on the occasion. The state minister said since the world energy scenario is changing, Bangladesh needs to ensure energy security with its limited resources, adding, "We have prepared the power sector master plan with JICA finance." Referring to the global scenario in the energy sector, he said, "we have a plan to produce 50 percent power from coal-fired plants but the scenario is changing, as the world is going for clean energy. In this context, we don`t have enough land for big power plant or no area for deep sea terminal. So, we have introduced short term, mid-term and long term plans." According to the gas sector master plan details, World Bank is providing financial support to prepare the Gas Sector Master Plan 2017, being done by Denmark-based Ramboll consultancy firm. Earlier, the Power Cell signed a deal to prepare a new master plan for the gas sector focusing on demand-supply projections, assessment of oil and gas exploration possibilities and development of road map to enhance gas reserve earlier. The consultancy firm also presented the draft final report today on the master plan with mentioning several possibilities for supply, diversification in supply possibilities-entails better bargaining power. It said the transmission backbone requires minimum 42" pipeline from Moheskali to Dhaka and a 36" pipeline further on to Khulna in the West. Engineer Mohammad Hossain said the government wanted to bring the management of the gas sector under a new master plan, which is expected to constitute a medium-term plan for least-cost augmentation of supply and sustainable development of the country`s gas sector.
Category: Gas

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