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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.
Use of LPG grows over 21pc since 2009
December 14, 2018 Friday 11:16 AM By BSS
Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has identified 12 points for ensuring safe use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), as the growth of LPG use rose to over 21 percent since 2009 in the country. “The government is committed to ensure safe use of LPG cylinders across the country and working to create awareness among the users to this end,” Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Hena M Rahmatul Munim told newsmen at a press briefing at his ministry conference room on Thursday. He said the country’s LPG use rose to around 10 lakh tonnes in 2018, which was only 47,000 tonnes in 2009 and now the demand for LPG rose to 30 lakh tonnes. The secretary said the demand for LPG increased due to the government’s realistic steps including availability of LPG at every corner of the country, adding, “We are working to create awareness among the users and strengthen monitoring system to ensure safety and security of LPG cylinders.” Replying to a question, he said private sector would be enforced to create awareness among consumers side by side with raising quality of their products because the government primarily approved 60 companies for supplying LPG and now 17 companies are supplying LPG at consumer level. “If consumers use LPG properly then accidents would be reduced significantly,” Munim said.
Category: LPG
Summit power approves 30pc cash dividend
December 10, 2018 Monday 4:41 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Summit Power Limited approved 30 percent cash dividend to its shareholders for the year ended on 30 June 2018. The dividend was approved in presence of the company’s shareholder at its 21st annual general meeting (AGM) held at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) Complex at Farmgate in Dhaka, said a press release. Summit Power Limited has been consistent in giving out dividend since its enlistment in the Dhaka and Chittagong Stock Exchanges in 2005. Presided over by chairman of Summit Power Limited Muhammed Aziz Khan, the meeting was attended by vice chairman Md Latif Khan, director Anjuman Aziz Khan, director Jafer Ummeed Khan, director Md Farid Khan, director Faisal Karim Khan, director Azeeza Aziz Khan, managing director Lt Gen (Retd) Engr. Abdul Wadud, director Faruq Ahmed Siddiqi,  director Helal Uddin Ahmed, director Arif Al Islam, director Mustafizur Rahman Khan, financial controller and company secretary Swapon Kumar Pal and other senior officials. Summit Power Limited (SPL) is the leading independent power producer (IPP) of Bangladesh and a publicly listed AAA rated company. Presently Summit Group is supplying 1,941 MW electricity to the national power grid. Recently Summit Power have installed 449 MW power plants at Kodda in Gazipur. Summit Group has received five consecutive the best power plant awards from government of Bangladesh since 2013.    
Category: Power
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
Bakhrabad Gas Company earns Tk 217.86 lakh in profit
November 28, 2018 Wednesday 11:56 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Ltd (BGDCL), a company of Petrobangla, has made operating profit worth around Tk 217.86 lakh during the just concluding fiscal year 2017-2018, the company said in a press release recently. At the beginning of the financial year 2017-2018, the company management had formulated an action plan and sent the directions to the field level for achieving al the business targets aiming to make BGDCL a profitable, the press release added. Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Ltd disclosed the information at its 38th Annual General Meeting held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital. The additional secretary (development) of Energy and Mineral Resources Pervin Aktar, who is also chairman of BGDCL’s board of directors, chaired the meeting.
Category: Gas
Midland 150MW power plant goes into operation
November 27, 2018 Tuesday 11:20 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Midland East Power Ltd (MEPL), a 150-megawatt (MW) furnace oil-fired power project located at Chor Chartola of Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria, kicked off commercial operation on Monday. The plant used state-of-the-art engines manufactured by the engine manufacturing company Rolls Royce, Norway, said a company statement. This power plant will generate and supply electricity to state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for 15 years from the date of commercial operation, as per the contract. This power plant is one of the fast-track power projects awarded by the government last year.
Category: Power
Govt scraps new floating LNG projects for land-based ones
November 24, 2018 Saturday 6:10 PM By Reuters
Bangladesh will scrap plans to build additional floating liquefied natural gas import (LNG) terminals in favour of land-based stations, a senior government official said. Adverse weather is making it difficult to operate the country’s sole floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and, hence, Bangladesh does not plan to build any further FSRU projects, said Mohammad Quamruzzaman, managing director of the Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company. His firm is in charge of LNG imports at state-owned oil firm Petrobangla. “We will not go for more floating LNG projects at this time. One is already online and another is expected to start in March next year,” he told Reuters. The South Asian nation began importing LNG from Qatar on a regular basis in September through the country’s first FSRU operated by privately owned US company Excelerate. The FSRU arrived in April for commissioning at the port of Moheshkhali near the city of Cox’s Bazar but its start-up was delayed by several months due to technical problems and bad weather. A second FSRU project, operated by Summit Corp with Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp as a partner, is expected to start operations in March next year, doubling the country’s import capacity to 7.5 million tonnes a year. Scrapped FSRU projects will include a project by India’s Reliance Power and another by a consortium comprising Hongkong Shanghai Manjala Power and Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd, Quamruzzaman said. Reliance did not reply to requests for comment while Hong Kong Shanghai Manjala Power declined to comment. Petroliam Nasional did not immediately respond to a comment request. Rupantarita Prakritik has short-listed five companies for a proposed land-based terminal that can import 7.5 million tonnes per year of LNG, including Japan’s Mitsui, Osaka Gas and JERA, and two other Korean companies, said Quamruzzaman. The terminal could be built at Matarbari in Cox’s Bazar, though the details are not yet firm, he said. Developing countries that have sought LNG supplies have adopted FSRU terminals since they are typically about half the cost of land-based terminals, twice as quick to deliver and can be moved to other destinations when they are no longer needed.
Category: Gas
Govt resolves FSRU issues, to resume LNG imports
November 20, 2018 Tuesday 5:48 PM By Reuters
Bangladesh will resume liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports this week after resolving issues with its sole floating storage and regasification (FSRU) unit, a senior official said on Monday. Two cargoes, meant to be delivered on November 07 and November 15, had been cancelled as the FSRU was closed due to problems with a hydraulic line that operates an emergency shutdown valve. “The problem with the hydraulic line has been resolved now,” said Mohammad Quamruzzaman, managing director of Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company, the unit in-charge of LNG imports at state-owned oil firm Petrobangla. The next cargo with 140,000 cubic-metre LNG will arrive on November 21, he told Reuters. No LNG has been discharged into Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar since October 29, shiptracking data from Refinitiv Eikon showed. Bangladesh has a long-term supply agreement with Qatar’s RasGas Co. The South Asian nation began importing LNG from Qatar on a regular basis in September. The FSRU arrived in April for commissioning in Moheshkhali port by Cox’s Bazar. A second FSRU project, operated by Summit Corp with Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp as a partner, is expected to start operations in March next year, doubling the country’s import capacity to 7.5 million tonnes a year.
Category: Gas
Short course on nuclear power technology at BUET by Russian professors
November 17, 2018 Saturday 4:50 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering (INPE) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in association with National Research Nuclear University MEPhI of Russia organised a workshop on Nuclear Technology from November 5 to 9 at INPE Auditorium. Seventy student from different faculties of BUET took part in the intensive workshop covering topics like machinery and equipment of VVER-1000 and VVER 1200 based nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel cycle and thermohydraulic profiling of nuclear reactor cores. Three Professors from MEPhI - Dr. Dmitrii Samokhin, Dr. V Fedoseev and Dr. Olga Momot were the mentors in the workshop. On the concluding day on November 9, certificates were awarded among the participants, said a press release. Dr. Shaikh Anowarul Fattah, Director of INPE- BUET, Dr. M A Rashid Sarkar, Former Diector of INPE-BUET, A P Demin, Director of Russian Centre of Acience and Culture in Dhaka, Mikhail S. Bronnikov, and ROSATOM (Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation) Representative in Bangladesh were present on the occasion. “I found the participants to be very enthusiastic. I believe that they are capable enough to take the challenge of implementing Bangladesh’s nuclear power programme in future.” said Dr. Dmitrii Samokhin, Head, Department of Nuclear Physics and Engineering, MEPhI. “We look forward to organise similar courses for Bangladeshi students in the days to come.” Bangladesh is implementing its first ever nuclear power plant at Rooppur of Pabna the technological and financial assistance from Russia, which is considered to be the global leader in construction of nuclear power plants. The power project will have two units each of 1,200 MW capacity. Latest 3+ Generation VVER- 1200 reactors to be set up there which completely meet up the safety requirements set by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Moreover, under an inter-governmental agreement Russia is assisting Bangladesh in training its manpower for the Rooppur Nuclear Power Project. Over hundred students from Bangladesh presently are studying nuclear science in Russian universities. Rosatom is also providing theoretical and practical courses for Rooppur project employees.        
Category: Nuclear
Grand opening of LAUGFS cylinder requalification plant
November 17, 2018 Saturday 4:34 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh, an entity of cent percent Sri Lankan investment by the ownership of LAUGFS Holdings, officially inaugurated its cylinder requalification plant at its terminal in Mongla, Khulna. With the deployment of advanced technologies and modern machineries, it’s a state of the art infrastructure that LAUGFS Gas has built to serve the country with safest and best quality LP Gas cylinders, said a press release. Safety is the license to lead- keeping this notion in mind, LAUGFS Gas’ newly built infrastructure will reassure its promise to deliver the most safest LP Gas cylinders in the market. Trusted partner in the global LP Gas market, LAUGFS Gas serving the people of Bangladesh with safety, quality and reliability with the support of its nationwide distribution network. The occasion was graced by the presence of LAUGFS Gas’ Group Managing Director Thilak De Silva, Director & CEO Saidul Islam, COO Ranjith Jayawardena, GM- Sales and Marketing Nazeer Latiff and GM- Operations Dr. Mayura Neththikumarage. The board and senior officials of LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh have thanked all the staffs, distributors and stakeholders of Bangladesh for relentlessly working together to achieve the common goal of its business operation and the established plant is one of the milestones of it.
Category: LPG
South Asia LPG Summit to be held on March 3-4
November 11, 2018 Sunday 12:44 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
South Asia LPG Summit 2019 will be kicked off in Bangladesh on March 3-4, 2019 at the International Convention City Bashundhara in Dhaka. The Asia Summit will bring hundreds of investors and LPG operators to Bangladesh as well as over 60 international companies showcasing the latest developments in LPG technology and equipment. The Summit has been instrumental in bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, global LPG players, governments, NGOs and technology provider in helping to develop and grow the LPG industry in Asia in a sustainable and safe manner. LPG will be increasingly important in the energy mix of Bangladesh in the coming years, and the Asia LPG summit will be very important to bringing the international spotlight to Bangladesh. The summit is organised by WLPGA, All Event Groups, Singapore and Global Event Management Services Ltd, said an official.
Category: LPG
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
Unipec, Vitol poised to win tender to supply fuels to Bangladesh
October 27, 2018 Saturday 9:42 AM By Reuters
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) has received offers from a mix of traders and state oil companies in its tender for over 1.4 million tonnes of oil products for the first half of 2019, with Unipec and Vitol giving the best quotations. “Unipec is supposed to win the tender for both gasoil and jet fuel as they came up with the lowest offers. And Vitol is likely to secure the tender for fuel oil and gasoline as their offers are (the) lowest,” said a senior official of BPC. The deals with Unipec and Vitol will be finalised within a short time after verifying all other details, the official said. China’s Unipec - trading arm of Chinese state major Sinopec - gave the lowest offer for gasoil and jet fuel at premiums to Middle East quotes of slightly below $2.90 and $3.70 a barrel respectively, according to the official. The Asian unit of trading house Vitol submitted gasoil and jet fuel offers that were slightly higher. Vitol Asia gave the lowest offers, however, at premiums to Middle East quotes for gasoline slightly under $4.25 a barrel and fuel oil at about $22.30 a tonne, the BPC official said. Other sellers who participated in BPC’s import tender include PetroChina, Sinochem, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), Trafigura, PTT and Gunvor. Bangladesh typically imports about 3.2 million tonnes of diesel and 2.5 million tonnes of fuel oil annually, making it one of the top 10 importers for those fuels in Asia.
Category: Petroleum
‘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
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