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Govt plans to unlock investment scope for pvt sector in power transmission
The government is moving ahead with a plan to open a $35 billion investment opportunity for private investors in the country’s power transmission sector. According to official sources in the Power Division, the private sector`s enormous success in power generation has prompted the government to invite them to invest in the transmission segment of the sector. The latest government statistics show the private sector’s contribution to power generation hit 11,057 MW representing 54.35percent while the public sector stands at 45.65 percent with its output of 9286 MW against the country`s total power generation of 20,343 MW. Power Division officials claimed this substantial growth has been possible due to a favourable investment policy offered by the government over the last one decade. “Seeing this great success, the government has now moved to unlock the investment scope for the private sector in the transmission segment as well,” Director General of the Power Cell Mohammad Hossain said. Power Cell, a technical wing of the Power Division, which is responsible for preparing policy guideline and implement reforms in the power sector, has already started framing the proposed guideline by accumulating a number of models now being followed by different countries in this regard. “We hope the guideline will be ready by January next,” said the Power Cell DG. Official sources said as part of the Power System Master Plan, 2016, the Power Division outlined a $35 billion investment potentials in the transmission segment up to 2041. As per the plan, the power transmission lines will be expanded to 36,870 kms across the country by 2041. Of the total grid transmission lines, 16,655 kms will be of 132 kV while 9,717 kms of 230 kV, 1,740 kms of 400 kV and 796 kms of 765 kV, according to officials at the Power Division. According to the Power Cell statistics, the total length of transmission lines at present are 11,123 kms covering all over Bangladesh. Of this, 132 kV transmission lines are 7,082 kms while 230 kV 3,343 kms and 400 kV lines are 698 kms. Until now, there is no 765 kV line anywhere in the country. Power Division officials informed that a good number of foreign and local firms lined up with the government by placing their offers to express their intention for investment in the transmission segment. They said that the transmission segment is coming into focus because of the government strategy to keep the power generation momentum continued until 2041 when electricity generation is planned to reach about 60,000 MW. Power Division officials said the government envisioned a total of $216 billion investment in three segments of power sector—generation, transmission and distribution—up to 2041 from 2017. Of this, it requires $150 billion in generation, $35 billion in transmission and $31 billion in distribution. But so far the private investment is allowed only in generation segment while transmission and distribution segments are not opened for private investors. With new policy guidelines coming into place, the transmission segment will be opened for private investors. Mohammad Hossain noted that private sector`s involvement in transmission segment is a little bit sensitive as national security is involved in the sector. But overcoming the security concerns, many countries including neighbouring India has allowed private investment in transmission segment.”The investment could be in private-public partnership (PPP) as well.” Power Division additional secretary RahmatUllah Mohammad Dastagir in a recent presentation to a group of Chinese investor said the country needs an average $9 billion investment in power sector each year up to 2041. Welcoming the government`s move for allowing private sector in the transmission segment, Imran Karim, vice president of Bangladesh Independent Power Producers Association (BIPPA), said the new scope will definitely encourage the private investors to continue their contribution in the country`s power sector development. "Without a strong support from the state, it was not possible for the private sector producers to reach the milestone in power generation." According to BIPPA, the private sector has invested about $12 billion over the last 10 years by setting up more than 50 power plants. BIPPA leaders said they have now planned to invest $50 billion in the next 12 years to keep up the private sector`s participation in power sector development. The private investors want to invest as independent power producers (IPPs) as well as private partners via the public-private partnership (PPP) initiative to set up at least 55 plants to generate some 12,000 MW of power or more.
Electricity connections for industries in a week
December 8, 2018 Saturday 5:18 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government is planning to provide electricity connections to industrial within a week subject to submission of necessary documents. “We are now providing electricity connections to industrial units of local and foreign investors within 28 days. The time can be reduced to a week only if we receive the necessary documents from them,” Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC) managing director Bikash Dewan said. He said the investors must submit electrical license, fire safety license, environmental and land ownership licenses to get new electricity connections. But most of the investors fail to provide these required documents, which causes the delay in getting the electricity connections, he also said. At a meeting on December 05, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid said they would be able to provide high voltage electricity connections (HT) within two days.  “We will require access the database of the consumers to provide quick electricity connections,” he said. The DPDC is now providing electricity to 12.18 lakh consumers, the DPDC chief informed, adding that 5,000 industrial customers consume around 40 per cent of DPDC’s total electricity supply. The government is now working to ensure speedy power supply to investors with the support of the Board of Investment. The government is targeting to increase the volume of power supply to 24,000MW by 2021 and to 60,000MW by 2040. 
Category: Power
‘Deal signed for feasibility study on underground power supply network’
December 6, 2018 Thursday 10:57 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Thursday said the underground lines would ensure uninterrupted power supply and reduce system loss. Nasrul as the chief guest was addressing a contract signing on consultancy service for feasibility study of replacement of existing overhead power supply lines by underground network. “The underground power network will ensure uninterrupted power supply, reduce system loss, reduce client hassle and grow beauty of city,” he said. State-owned Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC) hosted the event at Mukti Hall of Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka. Nasrul also said that power distribution companies should be efficient to meet advanced technological demands. Urging for timely completion of the project, Nasrul expressed hope that underground network would reduce distribution cost as well as ensure uninterrupted power supply. The state minister said the government will reach electricity to every house prior to the stipulated timeframe. The government has undertaken initiatives to replace existing power distribution lines with underground following global modern cities as the government took steps for appointing an international standard consultancy firm to conduct feasibility study under DPDC area, he said. For the DPDC jurisdiction, the project worth Tk 21 crore would be implemented within one year by Australia-based Engergytron, a research and development wing of Knowledge Integration Services Group. The consultants would carry out survey, feasibility study, underground distribution system design and cost estimation under the project.  Acting secretary of DPDC Hasnat Chowdhury and Principal Engineer Khandker Wahidul Islam on behalf of Energytron Australia signed the contract on behalf of their respective sides. Among others, power division secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus, DPDC chairman M Shafiqullah, Bangladesh Power Development Board chairman Engineer Khaled Mahmood, DPDC managing director Bikash Dewan and Energytron regional manager Richard Murphy were present.  
Category: Power
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
PM to open seven power plants Thursday
October 31, 2018 Wednesday 7:22 PM By BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to inaugurate seven newly-constructed power plants and programs ensuring 100 percent power coverage in 102 upazilas on Thrusday. “The Prime Minister will also lay foundation stones of two energy related projects on Thursday through videoconferencing from her official residence Gono Bhaban at 10am,” said State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid. Addressing a press briefing at Bydut Bhaban, he said electricity generation capacity reached to 20,430 MW (captive and renewable), four times higher than 2009. The Prime Minister will inaugurate seven power plants, activities of 100 percent power coverage in 102 upazilas and lay foundation stones of two energy projects. “Currently 92 percent people are getting electricity, which was only 47 percent before 2009. We have provided power connections to 2.03 crore consumers during the same period,” Nasrul said. He said the government has brought over two crore people under power coverage through 53 lakh solar home systems, adding “Presently 55 power plants having 13,654 MW electricity generation capacity are under construction. Besides, tender is being processed for setting up more 23 power plants having 7,461 MW capacity.” The state minister said the government has also undertaken a plant to construct 19 power plants with 20,156 MW generation capacity, adding, “The government has brought 102 upazilas under 100 power coverage.” The 102 upazilas which came under 100 percent power coverage are Nababganj, Dohar, Kashiani, Muksudpur, Gopalganj Sadar, Mithamoin, Tarail, Itna, Hossianpur, Kishorganj Sadar, Bajitpur, Srimangal, Natore Sadar, Naldanga, Gurudaspur, Puthia, Charghata, Bagha, Tanor, Chitalmari, Chaugachha,Jhikargachha, Keshobpur, Jibonnagar, Damurhuda, Pirojpur Sadar, Harirampur, Saturia, Gheor, Atrai, Mohadebpur, Raninagar, Niamatpur, Jhalakathi Sadar, Rajapur, Pabna Sadar, Biswanat, Gopalganj, Jointapur, Balaganj, Dumuria, Feni Sadar, Kushtia Sadar, Kumarkhali, Fulbari, Kaharol, Ramganj, Rangunia, Chandanaish, Satkania, Anwara, Bijoynagar, Kasba, Banchharampur, Chandina, Brahmanpara, Lalmai, Titash, Meghna, Homna, Daudkandi, Nangolkot, Burichang, Laksham, Chouddagram, Chatkhil, Sonaimuri, Dakhin Sunamganj, Taraganj, Rangpur Sadar, Tala, Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Teknaf, Gangni, Doulatkhan, tojumuddin, Sirajganj Sadar, Rayganj, Tarash, Chouhali, Madaripur Sadar, nilphamari Sadar, Kaliganj, Kaliakoir, Shariatpur Sadar, Damuddya, Chandpur Sadar, Sarasti, Hajiganj, haimchar, Sonargaon, Nandigram, Sonatala, Dupchachia, Bogra Sadar, Kahalu, Adamdighi, Shajahanpur, Charbhadrasan, Alfadanga, Magura Sadar and Sripur. The state minister said the government has been working tirelessly in a planned way to ensure a balanced development where each house will get electricity connection by 2021. He mentioned that socioeconomic development can be ensured after the development of communication and power connections. “Keeping that in mind, we’re working to ensure 100 percent electricity supply for every citizen,” he added. Nasrul said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman liberated the country aiming to make Bangladesh free from poverty and hunger. Prime Minister’s Energy, Power and Mineral Resources Advisor Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Hena M Rahmatul Munim, Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board Chairman Major General (Retd) Moin Uddin, Bangladesh Power Development Board Chairman Engineer Khaled Mahmood and Power Cell Director General Engineer Mohammad Hossain were present.  
Category: Power
PM opens Payra thermal power plant rehabilitation project
October 27, 2018 Saturday 7:42 PM By BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday inaugurated Payra power plant rehabilitation project at Kolapara and visited the power plant. The premier opened the scheme named Swapner Thikana at a function on the power plant premises. She also visited newly constructed houses for the people affected in project area and handed over keys and registration papers to the rehabilitated families. She also released fish fries into the ponds of the centre and planted a sapling. Earlier, she visited Payra thermal power plant project where Power Division Secretary Ahmed Kaikaus and the project director briefed her on different aspects of the plant. She also briefly addressed a gathering of workers and said that the power plant will bring about a revolutionary change in the life and livelihood of the people of the southern region. “The power plant will open the door for a beautiful life of the people of the region,” she said. Sheikh Hasina thanked all concerned for working round-the-clock to complete the project. Highlighting the government’s steps for generating electricity in the country, the prime minister said the government has been able to produce 20,000MW electricity over the last 10 years. Ministers, parliament members, PM’s advisers, local AL leaders and high civil and military officials were present. The state-run North-West Power Generation Company Ltd and Chinese CMC Company are jointly constructing the ultra supercritical power plant. According to officials, the present capacity of the plant is 1,497 MW, while the future plan is to produce 6,130 MW. The authorities have set a target to generate 10,000 MW by 2025 through the plant. Through the same function, the prime minister opened 16 development projects of different areas of Patuakhali district by unveiling their plaques from Payra thermal power plant.
Category: Power
‘SWAPNER THIKANA a role model for other countries of the world’
October 26, 2018 Friday 10:48 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday is going to inaugurate Swapner Thikana, a rehabilitation project for those affected due to the land acquisition for the 1,320MW coal-fired power plant at Kolapara upazila of Patuakhali. Power Cell Director General Mohammed Hossain said all the steps required have been taken for the project launching ceremony. Through the premier opening the project, the affected landowners will be able to live in their new desired address.  The project is adjacent to the site of the power plant, he said, adding, “It is a complete and modern project where a school, a mosque, a community centre, a playground and other civic amenities are available.”  The project will be deemed a role model for other countries of the world, opines the chief of the Power Cell which works under the Power Division. The prime minister will hand over a key to each of the affected families during the inaugural programme. Bangladesh-China Power Company Limited, a joint venture of the North-West Power Generation Company Limited (Bangladesh) and China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation, is constructing the power plant. Officials of the power plant expect that it will start power generation from May 2019.
Category: Power
Orion’s Rupsha plant adds 105MW to national grid
October 23, 2018 Tuesday 8:02 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Orion Group, one of the leading independent power producers (IPP) in Bangladesh has started commercial operation of a 105MW heavy furnace-oil based power plant at Rupsha in Khulna. With successful completion of this project, currently Orion Group is delivering 407MW electricity to national grid, said a press release. “Some more power projects with diversified fuel and renewable energy are in the pipeline of Orion Group, which will come soon and increase contribution to the economic development of Bangladesh,” said a high Orion Group official.  “Only within 307 days since signing the agreements, the plant—Orion Power Rupsha Ltd—started supplying electricity to the national grid on October 9 this year on a trial basis while the commercial operation began on October 14,” he said. “This was a remarkable achievement indeed because, upon getting letter of intent (LoI) from the state owned Bangladesh Power Development Board, the sponsor managed to procure necessary lands, all equipment and construction of entire plant,” he added. The plant is equipped with six 18V50 engines newly introduced by Wartsila of Finland and Italy. They are of latest design and highest efficient HFO (high sulfur fuel oil) engines and were supplied within five months. Wartsila supported of the need by providing fast-track deliveries and strong local based expertise to complete the project at earliest. “The capability of Orion’s power project execution is commendable. The project will help the growth of local industries and, therefore, will create new jobs. We, Wartsila are delighted to be involved in this positive development,” said Jillur Rahim, Managing Director of Wartsila Bangladesh. Among major equipment, boilers were supplied by Alfa Laval Aalborg (Finland and China), ABB (Sweden, Switzerland, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and China), and Triveni (India). The financing of the project was raised with a mix of local and foreign sources: Mercantile Bank Ltd was the lead lender with participation of Mashreqbank psc of the UAE.  “We are delighted to be a part of the financing mechanism of such an important establishment for the country. We enjoyed working with Orion and want to continue the business relationship by investing in other projects if found preferable,” said Mati Ul Hasan, Additional Managing Director of Mercantile Bank Ltd. This is Mashreq Bank’s third work with Orion, said Iqbal H Khanyari, Head of the International Corporate Division of the bank. Previously, Mashreq provided a mid-term and a short-term loan to two of Orion`s power plants. The major challenge in the project was the construction of around 7km 132-kilovolt double circuit evacuation line, which is connected to the existing 132kV Goalpara-Bagerhat double circuit transmission line. Also river erosion played havoc in constructing jetty for unloading the heavy equipment at project site. “The highly efficient project team has overcome all the challenges and brought the project in commercial operation by the grace of Almighty Allah and under the auspices and direction of skilful management,” said Major General (Retd) Salahuddin Miaji, Executive Director of Orion Group.  
Category: Power
‘Bangladesh Smart Electrical Company will manufacture five lakh pre-paid meter a year’
October 21, 2018 Sunday 10:10 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
With an aim to provide better service to electricity consumer, Bangladesh Smart Electrical Company Ltd has started its journey with the capacity of producing five lakh pre-paid meter annually. The company was formed on Sunday by signing a joint venture agreement between state-owned West Zone Power Distribution Company Ltd (WZPDCL) and Chinese Hexing Electrical Company Ltd at Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka. The deal was signed by Abdul Motaleb, Company Secretary of WZPDCL and Zhou Liangzhang, Chairman of Hexing Electrical Company for implementation of a joint venture company named Bangladesh Smart Electrical Company Limited (BSECL). The signed contract between WZPDCL and Hexing will facilitate a JV company being first state-owned company in Bangladesh for implementing a plant for manufacturing smart pre-payment meter and other electrical appliances. WZPDCL, a subsidiary of Bangladesh Power Development Board and Hexing Company will jointly install the plant under 51:49 ownership basis. The authorised capital of the new company will be about Tk 50 crore while the paid-up capital will be Tk 28.6 crore. The joint venture company is expected to set up the manufacturing plant within the next two months. There is a mention in the company structure that the smart-pre-payment meter produced by the company can be exported abroad by meeting the domestic demand. Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said, like the way West Zone Power Company has come forward to produce pre-paid meter, other distribution company should come forward to do so. Since the company is a state owned own, it will not face difficulty in getting listed at the share market. Maksuda Khatun, Chairman of WZPDCL and Additional Secretary of Power Division said that it will be possible to supply quality smart pre-payment meter at a price less than the present market price to the respected electricity consumers. “Expected production cost of each single-phase smart pre-payment meter is Tk 3780 and the current market price is Tk 4544.” She said. She also said even if the sale price is Tk 4000 then it will be possible for the customers to get each single phase smart pre-payment meter at a reduced price. Managing Director of WZPDCL Engineer Md Shafique Uddin said that the new company will be set up in Khulna under WZPDCL area. Government is committed to transform the country into Digital Bagngladesh within 2021. This smart meter company will play an important role to implement the vision. He also said meters will also be exported to neighboring as well as other countries. The meters can be supplied to the consumers as relatively cheaper price by constant up-gradation of the advancement of technology. Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Secretary of Power Division, Zhou Liangzhang, Chairman of Hexing Electrical Company and Khaled Mahmood, Chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board were present as special guest on this historical event.          
Category: Power
PTC sings $1.8 billion power supply deal with Bangladesh
October 12, 2018 Friday 11:31 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Power trading solution provider PTC India said Wednesday it has signed two new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for supplying 200 MW power to that country. PTC India is already supplying 290 MW power to Bangladesh and signed Tuesday two new agreements for 200 MW on short and long-term basis for 15 years, a PTC statement said. The short-term power for 200 MW is from power pool of West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (WBSEDCL). The long-term power will be supplied through imported coal project of Meenakshi Energy Ltd, according to a report by The Economic Times. With this new addition in cross-border supply, PTC will add more than 1.5 billion units to its existing portfolio of 7 billion units power supply to neighbouring countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal), it added. The transaction is expected to give export earning of US $ 1.8 billion over its contract period. Deepak Amitabh, chairman and managing director, PTC India, said in the statement, “This transaction is another step towards a regional market for power that will aid closer cooperation among our neighbours for energy security.”  
Category: Power
PGCB signs deal to upgrade Aminbazar grid sub-station
October 1, 2018 Monday 11:54 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The state-owned Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) signed a Tk 164 crore deal with a Korean company to upgrade the Aminbazar grid sub-station with a view to improving the power supply situation from Payra of Patuakhali to Aminbazar in Dhaka. PGCB company secretary Md Ashraf Hossain and Hyosung Corporation team manager Eun Sung Lee signed a deal in this regard on behalf of their respective organisations at PGCB office on Sunday. Under the project, the PGCB will convert the Aminbazar 230/132kV grid sub-station into a 400/230 kV one in order to strengthen its capacity. Upgrading of the grid sub-station will help supply of electricity from 1,320MW and 3,000MW Payra power plants and 1,320MW Rampal power plant through Gopalganj. The project will also help improve capacity to supply electricity at 400 kV gridline at Meghnaghat. Under the deal, the Korean firm Hyosung Corporation will complete the project on turn-key basis. The signing programme was attended, among others, by PGCB Executive Director (O&M) Md Emdadul Islam, Chief Engineer (P&D) Pranab Kumar Roy, Chief Engineer (Project Monitoring) Arun Kumar Shah, Superintendent Engineer Abdur Rashid Khan and General Manager Abul Khair.
Category: Power
Plan to extend power transmission lines to 36,870 kms by 2041
September 29, 2018 Saturday 7:04 PM By UNB
The government has planned to extend the power transmission lines to 36,870 kms cross the country by 2041 when the country will produce 60,000 MW of electricity. Of the total grid transmission lines, 16,655 kms will be of 132 kV while 9,717 kms of 230 kV, 1,740 kms of 400 kV and 796 kms of 765 kV, according to officials at the Power Division. According to the Power Cell statistics, the total length of transmission lines at present are 11,123 kms covering all over Bangladesh. Of this, 132 kV transmission lines are 7,082 kms while 230 kV 3,343 kms and 400 kV lines are 698 kms. Until now, there is no 765 kV line anywhere in the country. Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain said the government has now been putting additional focus on developing the transmission sector following increase in the power generation. The country’s power generation capacity crossed the landmark of 20,000 MW recently while highest power generation was recorded at 11,623 MW on September 19. But still many areas of the country, especially rural ones, have to face blackout and frequent power disruption because of weakness in transmission and distribution systems. The government’s fund crisis is mainly blamed for the lack of expected advancement of the transmission sector. Admitting the weakness and the cash crunch, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid recently urged the private sector investors to invest in the power transmission business. He said the country will require $80 billion for the development of the country’s power sector by 2041 of which a major portion will be required for the transmission sector. “The country has so far received about $14-billion investment in the power sector of which a major part came from local and foreign direct investment (FDI) under private sector power generation policy,” he said, adding that now the government wants the private sector to invest in the transmission sector. Of the total power generation, some 8,845 MW of electricity is developed by public sector while 6,897 MW by the private sector and 1,160 MW of electricity is being imported from India, reveals Power Cell statistics. The remaining 2,800 MW of power is being generated by captive operators in the industrial sector while 250 MW generated from renewable energy. Many experts believe the country will not be able to provide reliable and quality power supply until the transmission system is developed to a certain mark.  
Category: Power
Bangladesh-India joint steering committee on power meets in Sylhet
September 25, 2018 Tuesday 6:50 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The 15th meeting of Bangladesh-India joint steering committee on power sector was held at a hotel in Sylhet on Tuesday. Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus led the Bangladesh side while Indian Power Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla led the Indian side in the meeting, according to a press release from Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources. In the meeting, they discussed the existing cooperation in power sector between the two countries, including exporting power from Bangladesh to India in future, power import through interconnection from Tripura to Bheramara, the progress of importing 250 megawatt (MW) electricity through interconnection at Bheramara under a long-term agreement and importing additional 500 MW power by constructing HVDC 2nd block. They also held discussions on importing more 340 MW electricity through Surjyamani-Cumilla North Link under government to government from NTPC power centers, proposed Katihar-Parbatipur-Barapukuria-Boranagar 765 kV grid interconnection and to construct back to back HVDC sub-station at Cumilla aiming to import more power through Baharampur-Bheramar 400 kV 2nd transmission line and Surjyamani-Cumilla North Link. The meeting discussed about waving all types of CD, Tax and VAT on the import of power from India, the release added. It also discussed the progress of the construction work of Maitree Super Tarmal Power Poroject at Rampal, it said.
Category: Power
Partial production at Barapukuria power plant resumes
September 14, 2018 Friday 11:28 PM By UNB
Power production from a unit of Barapukuria coal-fired power plant resumed Friday after 52 days of suspension for want of coal. Chief engineer Abdul Hakim Sarker of the plant said power production from no 3 unit started around 2:28 am on Friday. Though, the production capacity of the unit is 275MW units, now it is producing 170-180MW, he said. He said, “The unit needs 2800 MW coal daily for full production. Now, we are getting supply of 2000-2,500 metric tons coal from Barapukuria coal mine.” In a major blow to the country`s power sector, the Barapukuria thermal power plant in Dinajpur was shut down on July 22 owing to an acute shortage of coal after 142,000 tons of coal meant for the power plant disappeared. To keep power supply normal in Northern districts during Eid, the 2 no unit with capacity of 125-MW, resumed its production on August 20. However, it was again closed down after nine days.
Category: Power
Bangladesh begins import of additional 300 MW power from India
September 10, 2018 Monday 11:16 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh has started import of additional 300 MW power from India to meet the local demand. The import started at around 00:00 hrs of 10th September 2018 at Kushtia’s Bheramara second HVDC sub-station. Bangladesh now imports some 660MW power from India. “Indian state-run power major NTPC’s trading arm NVVN began power supply of 300 MW to Bangladesh from midnight Sunday,” Bangladesh Power Development Board Member (Generation) Sayeed Ahmed said. NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN) is a wholly owned subsidiary of NTPC Limited. NVVN signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) on September 6, 2018 at Dhaka for supply of 300 MW power from Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and back to back agreement has also been signed with the DVC, according to a report by Press Trust of India. The company said the testing of additional 500 MW Baharampur (India) Bheramara (Bangladesh) High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) link has been completed. This is be used to supply power to Bangladesh. BPDB had invited bids for buying 500 MW power from Indian firms under short-term (June, 1 2018 - December 31, 2019) and long-term (January 1, 2020 - May, 31, 2033) timeframes. NTPC and PTC India emerged as the lowest bidders to win the contracts to supply power to Bangladesh for 15 years. NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of India’s biggest power producer, will supply 300MW while Power Trading Corporation (PTC) India Ltd will supply the remaining 200MW. Bangladesh will buy power from NTPC at Tk 4.71 per unit for short term and Tk 6.48 from January 2020 to May 2033. PTC India will sell at Tk 4.86 per until December next year and at Tk 6.54 from 2020. In 2013, Bangladesh started to import power through this HVDC substation’s first unit, which now adds 500 MW to the national grid. Another 160 MW is imported through the northeastern Indian state of Tripura.
Category: Power
NWPGCL sign deal with Siemens on 3600 MW LNG power plant at Payra
September 8, 2018 Saturday 5:38 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State-owned North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL) signed on Friday a joint development agreement (JDA) with Siemens of Germany to set up a 3600 MW LNG-based power plant in Payra. Secretary of NWPGCL Dipak Kumar Dhali and President (Gas and Power) Siemens Richard Clayton Reising signed the agreement on behalf of the respective organisations at hotel Westin in Dhaka. The plant will be located adjacent to the existing 1320 MW coal-fired power plant. As per the deal, in the first phase a 1200 MW plant will be set up by 2021 while the work on another 2400 MW will be completed in the second phase by 2024. The project is the largest in the country in terms of capacity and first ever LNG-To-Power Project in Bangladesh. Power Divison Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Bangladesh Power Development Board Chairman Khaled Mahmood, NWPGCL Chief Executive Officer Engineer AM Khurshedul Alam, German Deputy Head of Mission Michael Schultheiss and Siemens Gas to Power President Richard Clayton Reisig spoke at the function.  
Category: Power
Drawback in power sector during BNP regime ‘unprecedented’: PM
September 6, 2018 Thursday 11:27 PM By BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the country’s drawback in power sector during BNP regime was unprecedented, which was not seen any part of the world. Bangladesh’s total electricity generation capacity was 1600-megawatt (MW) when Awami League assumed power in 1996. Most part of the country was plunging into darkness at that time and the government for the first time engaged the private sector to boost the sector. “With the engagement of private sector, she said, the country’s total power generation capacity rose to 4300 MW in five years. But, the generation capacity unprecedentedly came down to 3200 MW in next five-year tenure of BNP. “I don’t know whether people of any country have such a bitter experience,” she said while inaugurating National Power and Energy Week 2018 at function at Bashundhara City International Convention Center here today. Sheikh Hasina said production cost of every unit of electricity is around Taka 6.25, but the government is making it available to people at Taka 4.82. In future the government might withdraw the subsidy when country’s economy would get better, she said urging the people to maintain austerity in using electricity. Reiterating AL’s firm commitment to make the country self-reliant in power and energy, the prime minister said her government has attached highest importance to regional cooperation in power sector with construction of power plants and grid lines with neighbouring countries as well as BIMSTEC countries. Work is progressing to import more 500-MW electricity from India and hydropower from Nepal and Bhutan. Bangladesh, India and Bhutan are waiting to sign a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the power sector, she said. The National Power and Energy Week 2018 is being observed with the theme ‘Onirban Agami’ aimed at showcasing the successes, current activities and future plan of the power and energy sector to the people. As well, the week will be featured with the programmes of debate competition for school and college students, awarding journalists for best reporting and employees for good performance, honouring public and private sector entrepreneurs and energy consumers of residential, commercial and industrial sectors for good practices. Minister for energy, water resources and irrigation of Nepal Barsha Man Pun Ananta, Prime Minister’s Power and Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Bir Bikram, and chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Power and Energy Md Tajul Islam attended the function as special guests while State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid was in the chair. Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus gave a presentation on the overall activities and future plan of the sector while Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem spoke, among others, on the occasion. An audio visual documentary was exhibited on development of the sector during the tenure of the present government.  The prime minister said with the aim of creating an exploitation-free happy and prosperous society, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman confirmed national security through the purchase of five gas fields from the foreign oil company. “But, his dream could not come true as the wheel of the development of the sector became stagnant after Bangabandhu’s murder and following the politics of murder, coup and conspiracy,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said the country’s power generation capacity now reached 20,000 MW and three to five lakh consumers were added to the national grid in every month, reaching the total number of consumers to more than 30 million from 18 million ten years ago. She thanked all concerned who were involved in this success. “In 100 years before 2009, a total of 27 power plants were constructed in the country whereas 101 plants were constructed in last ten years. The government has a plan to generate 60,000 MW electricity by 2041 while 40,000 MW by 2030 and 24,000 MW by 2021,” she said. The prime minister said the present government also constructed more than three thousand circuit kilometre transmission line to ensure uninterrupted power supply to people. Noting that distribution lines were also upgraded from 2.6 lakh kilometers to 4.57 lakh kilometers, the premier said in 2009, the number of people having access to electricity was 47 percent, which now increased to 90 percent. Per capita power consumption is now 464 KWh, which was 220 kWh in 2009, she said. Sheikh Hasina said about 130,000 new irrigation connections have been given to framers. Power connections have also been given to Rohingya camp at the shortest possible time, she said. She said system loss in power distribution has been reduced to 11.40 percent from 18.45 percent while the government is making relentless efforts to generate electricity from renewable sources to ensure energy security for future generation and address global warming. By installing 53 million solar home systems, the prime minister said, about 220 MW power is being generated and two solar power plants have been set up with capacity of about 30 MW. Pointing out her government’s steps to increase natural gas production and set up coal-based power plant, she said average production of gas has increased from 1,745 million cubic feet to 2,550 million cubic feet per day. Sheikh Hasina said a total of 862 kilometre new gas transmission pipeline has been set up. A total of 33 new gas reservoirs were identified in the country while digging of 14 search wells and 57 development wells were completed. Before assuming power in 1996, the prime minister said, about 1,200 to 1800 metric tonnes of coal were extracted from country’s lone productive Barapukuria coal mine per day. At present, she said, about 4,000 to 4,500 metric tonnes of high quality bituminous coal is being extracted from the mine using latest technology. Sheikh Hasina said in 2008-09 fiscal, total capacity of oil reservoir was nine lakh tonnes, which increased to 1.2 million tonnes in fiscal 2016-17. Considering the issue of gas reserves in the country, she said, 56 private companies were given licenses to set up LPG plants to meet household demands. To fulfill the growing demand of oil refineries, the prime minister said, the government has taken a project to construct Eastern Refinery Unit-2. Besides, efforts have been made to construct 237 kilometre pipeline of Dhaka and Chittagong aiming to improving the supply of fuel, she said. Sheikh Hasina said good governance has been established in the power sector by introducing prepaid metres and providing online-based services. About 1.4 million prepaid metres have been set up, she added. “The government has taken initiatives to import LNG from abroad to meet the growing demand of the country. Initiatives have been taken to set up ground-based LNG terminal in Piara port, Kutubdia and Maheshkhali. Initiatives have been taken to import LNG from Qatar and Oman and to buy LNG from Spot Market,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said work of the Maheshkhali-Anwara 91-kilometre pipeline has been completed for supplying the imported LNG. “Besides, construction of 30-kilometre Anwara-Faujdarhat pipeline and 181-kilometre Faujdarhat-Bakhrabad pipeline will be completed soon.”  After establishing the rights of Bangladesh on 1,18,813 square kilometers of maritime area in the Bay of Bengal, she said, Bangladesh has adopted necessary policies to tap the maritime resources. Due to the continuous expansion of the power sector, the socioeconomic development of the country’s rural areas became possible, the premier said, adding that development of the power sector helped ensure the country’s food security. The prime minister distributed awards among winners for best essay writing on power sector, best reporting in media, best performers and best entrepreneurs. Later, she visited a fair organised on the premises of the convention centre.  
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