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PTC sings $1.8 billion power supply deal with Bangladesh
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.”  
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.  
Category: Power
New HVDC link boosts India-BD power transmission capacity
September 4, 2018 Tuesday 7:43 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Siemens has commissioned the second block of a high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) back-to-back link in Bheramara, Bangladesh. With this commissioning, Siemens has helped establish a new electricity supply connectivity between India and Bangladesh with a transmission capacity of up to 500 megawatt (MW), according to a report by www.power-technology.com. The company noted that the first block of HVDC has been operational since 2013. This block offers a transmission capacity of up to 500MW. With block 01 and 02 operating in parallel, the Bheramara HVDC back-to-back link has attained nearly 1,000MW power transmission capacity and is reported to be the highest reliable power capacity in Bangladesh. Electricity will be supplied to India from Bheramara through a 230KV grid, which will be connected via a substation and overhead lines to India`s 400KV grid. Siemens Energy Management Transmission Solutions CEO Mirko Düsel said: "The availability of reliable power transmission is crucial for emerging countries like Bangladesh. Therefore, we`re especially pleased to hand over Block 02 of the Bheramara HVDC back-to-back link to the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB). "After only 24 months project execution time and 3.0 million safe working hours at the site, the link will help Bangladesh to reliably import the annually needed additional electricity of 500MW from India. "The HVDC link enables a constant, affordable and reliable power supply for the people and economy in Bangladesh and helps in consolidating the grid stability of the densely populated state." On 27 July, a trial run of block 02 was completed, though this block has been put into commercial operation since 02 July.
Category: Power
AIIB helps Bangladesh reach energy targets with up to $274 in Investments
September 4, 2018 Tuesday 10:29 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB) board of directors visited Dhamrai to meet with beneficiaries of AIIB’s investment in the distribution system upgrade and expansion project. The project is part of a national plan to provide about 2.5 million service connections to rural consumers, upgrade two grid substations and convert 85 kilometers of overhead distribution lines to underground cables. The installation of the 2.5 million service connections is now complete and approximately 12.5 million Bangladeshis are directly benefiting from the project. Remaining work on the project is expected to be completed in 2019. This is one of three energy projects approved by AIIB’s board of directors, totaling up to US$ 274 million in funding. These projects are aligned with fueling continued economic growth in Bangladesh and with the government’s ambitious target to achieve affordable electricity for all by 2021.They are also aligned with the country’s need for US$ 40 billion in investments in generation, transmission and distribution by 2030 to address current needs and constraints. “Our Board is here to learn more about the local investment climate and what Bangladesh needs to maintain economic growth and reach its full potential,” AIIB Head of Communications and Development Laurel Ostfield told reporters on Monday. “We look forward to continuing to work with the government of Bangladesh and other partners to develop solutions that will address the infrastructure gap and improve the livelihood of millions.” The Bhola IPP project is one example of how AIIB is mobilizing funds for vital energy infrastructure in Bangladesh. AIIB is also considering investing in liquefied natural gas infrastructure and utility-scale solar power projects.  
Category: Power
Unplanned developments a challenge for power sector
September 1, 2018 Saturday 6:04 PM By UNB
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Saturday said that unplanned urbanisation and industrialisation has been the biggest challenge for power sector to ensure uninterrupted power supply. He made the remarks while addressing a roundtable on `Power for All` at East West Media Auditorium in the city. With Daily Sun editor Enamul Haque Chowdhury in the chair, the function, organised by Daily Sun, was also addressed by Power Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Rural Electrification Board (REB) chairman Major Gen (retd ) Moin Uddin, Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain, BGMEA Senior Vice President Faruque Hassan, eminent energy expert Dr M Tamim and Dr Ijaz Hossain. Nasrul Hamid said it has been a difficult task for the power sector to keep its planning for generation, transmission and distribution when urbanisation and industrialisation are taking place in an unplanned manner. He said such unplanned development forces the planners to frequently change their original plans. He said it becomes tough to make prediction about the future demand of the power when such unplanned development happens. The state minister said detail area plan is essentially required for not only capital Dhaka, but it should be required for all over Bangladesh. He directed the power sector officials to strictly follow the government’s recent plan of developing the economic zones where only industries will be developed. Ahmad Kaikaus said the government has taken different initiatives to create efficient manpower to face the challenges in the future in power sector. REB chairman said his organisation has provided 16 million new electricity connections in the rural areas in last three years. “But still we are not being able to ensure quality power supply for which interruptions are taking place in different parts of the country.” he added. Mohammad Hossain said the country`s power demand will reach 40,000 MW by 2030 and the government has been moving ahead with a master plan to meet such demand. Dr. Tamim said so far power and energy sectors’ development was made on the basis of imported primary energy. He said gas-fired power generation has come down to 59 percent from previous 90 percent which is a big challenge to provide electricity at an affordable price. He said the weakness in management will be another challenge for power and energy sector in the future. Dr. Ijaz Hossain said repayment of foreign debt will be a major challenge for the country`s energy and power sector as this will push up the cost. He said the country`s local gas price is $1.1 dollar per mcf whereas it will be as high as $10-12 when gas will be supplied through imported LNG.  
Category: Power
India’s SGPL to supply 250MW power to BD
August 30, 2018 Thursday 3:35 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
India’s Sembcorp Gayatri Power Limited (SGPL) power plant has won a tender from Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) to supply 250MW of power for 15 years. SGPL is wholly owned by Sembcorp’s India power arm, Sembcorp Energy India (SEIL). BPDB has sent letters of intent (LoI) to SGPL, with plans to begin the power supply upon completion of procedural requirements and relevant government approvals, reports power-technology.com. The BPDB launched the tender in February for two-phase short-term and long-term gas or coal power supply. SEIL has two thermal power plants in Andhra Pradesh, with four 660-megawatt super-critical coal-fired units and a total installed capacity of 2.64 gigawatts. SEIL managing director Vipul Tuli said: “We are pleased to have emerged as the successful bidder in this tender, and look forward to commencing supply of power under a tariff that is competitive for Bangladesh and sustainable for our company.”
Category: Power
BREB chief declares zero tolerance against bribe
August 12, 2018 Sunday 3:52 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) chairman has issued a strict order to the engineers, officers and staff of the board to stop corruption and irregularities at the field-level. Zero tolerance will be showed against bribe, corruption and irregularities in delivering services to the BREB subscribers, warned Major General (Retired) Moin Uddin. He was speaking as the chief guest at a conference, organised by the board for its deputy general managers (DGMs) at the BREB head office in the capital on Saturday. More than 300 DGMs along with BREB’s field-level superintendent and executive engineers under the 80 Rural Power Cooperatives (Palli Bidyut Samity) across the country took part in the conference. Addressing the programme, Moin Uddin gave a strict order to them to adhere to the zero tolerance policy and ensure subscriber-friendly services at the field level. “Action will be taken against those who will be found involved in any sort of corruption, bribery and irregularities in delivering services to the clients,” the BREB chairman said. BREB members Joynal Abedin and Md Mostafa Kamal were present, among others.
Category: Power
ECNEC approves smart electricity prepaid meter project for Dhaka
August 8, 2018 Wednesday 3:22 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved a total of 11 projects, including the smart electricity prepaid meter installation project for Dhaka city. The approval came at a meeting of the ECNEC held in the city on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The 11 projects involve Tk 64.48 billion. Under the prepaid meter project, The Dhaka Electric Supply Company Ltd. (DESCO) will install 0.2 million electricity meters for its subscribers in the city at a cost of Tk 1.86 billion. After the installation of prepaid meters, consumers would have to pay bills in advance. Emerging from the ECNEC meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said the meeting approved 11 projects involving Tk 64.48 billion. Ministers, Planning Commission members and officials of different ministries were present at the ECNEC meeting.
Category: Power
DESCO to implement Tk 186.50 cr smart meter project
August 6, 2018 Monday 6:34 PM By BSS
The Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (DESCO) has initiated a move to implement a Taka 186.50 crore project to supply and install some 2 lakh smart pre-payment meters in DESCO area to further improve its services to the clients. “The Planning Commission has already considered a draft project proposal to this end sent from the Power Division and it will be placed before the ECNEC meeting tomorrow for its consideration,” said a senior Planning Commission official. Prime Minister and ECNEC Chairperson Sheikh Hasina will preside over the meeting to be held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area. The official told BSS that the DESCO under the Power Division will implement the project by December 2020. “Out of the total project cost of Taka 186.50 crore, Taka 178.52 crore will come from the GoB portion while the rest of Taka 7.97 crore from the DESCO’s own fund.” The Planning Commission official said the main objectives of the project include further improving the standards of client services by the DESCO through digitization as well as load controlling and improving the revenue realization management. “The project also aims at realizing revenue in advance, lowering the non-technical loss at zero level, simplifying the demand side load controlling management, and reducing the misuse of electricity,” the official said adding that online load management, monitoring and trouble-shooting system will also be introduced under the project. According to the Draft Project Proposal (DPP), the project area covers Mirpur, Pallabi, Agargaon, Kafrul, Shah Ali, Dhaka Cantonment, Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, Badda, Uttara, Uttarkhan, Dakshinkhan and Tongi. The project operations include installation of some 1.80 lakh single phase smart pre-payment meters alongside installation of some 20,000 three-phase smart pre-payment meters, installation of two meter testing phase and installation of online network for giving connectivity to some 2 lakh smart pre-payment meters. Beginning its journey on September 24 in 1998 with limited operations in the Mirpur area having a load demand of only 90 MW and some 71,161 clients, the operations of DESCO has expanded a lot with the passage of time as the number of clients has now reached 8.65 lakh with the highest demand of power raising to 934 MW. Under the current system, the DESCO has to manage huge manpower and consume much more time for collecting meter reading from its clients, preparing the electricity bills and supplying those bills at clients’ level. Technical and non-technical system loss also happens due to the use of mechanical and electro mechanical system. Under this system, there is impact on the efficiency of meter discs, accurate meter reading if often unavailable due to low load, even it is not possible to conduct load management and give early warning. Under the present circumstances, the project has been framed and considered at the Pre-Evaluation Committee (PEC) meetings twice held on June 4 and July 26 this year where the Planning Commission recommended implementation of the project.
Category: Power
Every house in country will be lit up: PM
August 6, 2018 Monday 10:59 AM By BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday inaugurated eight newly constructed power plants, reiterating her government’s target of illuminating every house of the country. “Our aim is to light up every house of the country … we’re working to achieve the goal,” she said while opening eight new power plants, having a total generation capacity of 1,742 MW, by unveiling their plaques through a video conference from Ganabhaban in Dhaka. Sheikh Hasina also inaugurated two grid substations as well as cent percent electrification activities in more 21 upazilas of the country. The prime minister said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman liberated the country to build ‘Sonar Bangla’ by bringing smiles on the faces of the common people. Sheikh Hasina said her government has been working in a planned way to build the country where there will be no poverty and none will die suffering from diseases and remain in darkness. “We want everybody to be educated and every house to be lit up,” she said. The prime minister reaffirmed her call to the people to be economical in using electricity. “A huge amount of money is spent for generating electricity and you’ll have to keep it in your mind,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said her government is giving a huge amount of subsidy in the power sector. “We’re giving subsidy more than the production cost and through it, we’re improving the living standard of the people,” she said. The premier urged the people to turn the switch off with their own hands to save the electricity, saying: “We want that the electricity is not misused.” Mentioning that the every area of the country will be brought under the cent percent electricity coverage, Sheikh Hasina said the government has increased power generation capacity to 18,900 MW from 3200. “We’ve set up 122 power plants, while work on construction of 26 plants having 14,134 MW is underway. Besides, we’ve imported 600 MW electricity from India, while a process for importing 1000 MW is going on,” she said. The premier said talks on purchasing hydroelectricity from Nepal and Bhutan are underway. She said the government is implementing multifaceted schemes like the nuclear power plant and solar power plants to meet the growing demand of power in the country. “The people are getting its benefit,” she said. The new power plants inaugurated by the premier are Ghorashal 365-MW capacity Combined Cycle Power Plant, Kodda, Gazipur 300 MW capacity plant at Gazipur, Daudkandi 200 MW capacity plant, Fenchuganj 200 MW combined cycle power plant, Noapara 100 MW Power Plant and Kamalaghat, Mushiganj 54 MW Power Plant at Munshiganj and Siddhirganj 335 MW combined cycle power plant’s simple cycle (gas turbine) and Siddhirganj 225 combined cycle power plant (second unit). The 21 upazilas where 100 percent areas have come under the electricity connectivity are Maulvibazar Sadar upazila, Saghata in Gaibandha, Austogram in Kishoreganj, Manohardi in Narsingdi, Cumilla Sadar Dakkhin, Khetlal in Joypurhat, Kalai in Joypurhat, Porsha in Nagaon, Mohanpur and Durgapur in Rajshahi, Atowari in Panchagarh, Kishoreganj in Nilphamari, Fulgazi, Parshuram, Chagalnaiya and Sonagazi in Feni, Patia and Hathazari in Chattogram, Dakhhin Surma in Sylhet and Habiganj sadar upazila. The two grid substations are Bhulta 400/230KV Grid Substation in Narayanganj and Khagrachhari 132/33KV Grid Substations. The prime minister later exchanged views with beneficiaries of Kishoreganj, Cumilla, Maulvibazar and Khagrachhari. Prime Minister’s Adviser Dr Toufique-E-Elahi Chowdhury and State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid spoke at the function while Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaws narrated various achievements and steps of the ministry through a power point presentation. Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Tajul Islam and newly-elected Mayor of Rajshahi AHM Khairuzzaman Liton were present at the function, moderated by PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman.
Category: Power
ADB to provide $501.5 million for Rupsha power plant
July 29, 2018 Sunday 11:58 AM By BSS
Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $501.5 million assistance to Bangladesh for implementing the Rupsha 800 MW combined cycle power plant project. Out of the total amount, the Manila-based lending agency will provide $500 million in Ordinary Capital Resources (OCR) loan while the rest of $1.5 million as grant. The loan and grant agreements in this regard will be signed between the government and the ADB on August 2 at the NEC-2 Conference Room in the capital’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and ADB Country Director Manmohan Parkash will sign the loan and grant agreements on behalf of their respective sides. Besides, the project agreement will be signed between ADB Country Director Manmohan Parkash and CEO of North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL) Engineer AM Khorshedul Alam. According to ERD and the ADB, the assistance will help develop a state-of-the-art 800 megawatt (MW) power plant in Khulna, Bangladesh, along with associated connections to natural gas and power transmission facilities. “In the face of rising demand for energy in a growing economy, the Rupsha power plant will be the first of its kind in Bangladesh, vastly increasing the availability of efficient and cleaner energy,” said ADB energy specialist Aziz Yusupov when the loan was approved. In financial year 2017, the peak demand of power was estimated at 10,400 MW in Bangladesh while available generation capacity was just 9,479 MW. Net peak demand is expected to exceed 13,300 MW by 2020 and 19,900 MW by 2025, while existing generation facilities will gradually retire and need replacement. The ADB-financed project design will ensure that the Rupsha plant uses the latest combined cycle technology, which offers the highest efficiency to convert gas to electricity.  
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