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Installation of the ‘corecatcher’ begins at Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant
Installation of corecatcher the device for catching molten core (active part of the reactor that contains nuclear fuel) material has commenced at unit no-1 of Rooppur nuclear power plant. “It is an important element in the passive safety system of a most modern nuclear reactor,” Said Rooppur nuclear power plant project director nuclear scientist Dr. Md Shawkat Akbar. Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman, Science and Technology Secretary Md Anwar Hossain, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) chairman Dr Naiyyum Chowdhury, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) chairman Mahbubul Hoq, Project Director of Rooppur NPP Md Shawkat Akbar, Senior Vice-President for Overseas Projects of Atomstroyexport (ASE) Alexander Khazin and other senior officials attended the ceremony, held at the Rooppur NPP site on Saturday. “This is a unique safety system of the NPP and for the first time such a large-size equipment of approximately 200 tonnes is being installed in the reactor building,” said Alexander Khazin. “All works for construction of power unit No-1 are progressing according to the schedule. Currently about five thousand tonnes of cement are being used daily at the construction site, about four thousand people are involved in construction activities,” he said. The corecatcher, one of the elements of the passive safety system was first installed at Tianwan NPP in China, which was built under the Russian design. VVER-1200 reactors of generation 3+ to be set up at Rooppur NPP will have a unique combination of active and passive safety systems that ensure maximum stability against external and internal factors. Rooppur NPP with two VVER-1200 reactors and the total capacity of 2,400 MW is being constructed under the Russian design, in accordance with general contract, signed on 25 December 2015. Atomstroyexport, the Engineering Division of Rosatom State Corporation is implementing the project as the general contractor. First concrete pouring ceremony for power unit No-1 took place on 30 November, 2017, marking the beginning of main construction phase. The first concrete pouring ceremony of the unit-2 was held on July 14 of the current year. Each stage of Rooppur NPP construction is stringently being monitored by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA).
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
National grid gets additional 16mmcfd of gas from Habiganj field
August 7, 2018 Tuesday 12:15 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The national grid is getting additional 16 million cubic feet gas daily (mmcfd) from Well-1 of Habiganj Gas Filed. BAPEX as the state run organization has completed work over of the well-1 and went to gas extraction from lower level from Monday, according to a release issued by the Bangladesh Gas Filed Company Limited (BGFCL). It said Habiganj Gas Filed under BGFCL is supplying additional 16 mmcfd of gas to the national grid from the well on trial basis. Habiganj gas field, owned by the BGFCL, is currently supplying around 225 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) of natural gas from seven producing wells. The country’s overall gas production is now hovering at around 2,760 mmcfd against the demand for over 3,500 mmcfd.    
Category: Gas
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.  
Category: Power
Petronet submits proposal to set up $1 billion LNG terminal in Bangladesh
July 29, 2018 Sunday 11:35 AM By PTI
Petronet LNG Ltd, India’s biggest liquefied natural gas importer, has submitted a firm proposal to set up an LNG import facility in Bangladesh at an investment of about USD 1 billion, its Managing Director and CEO Prabhat Singh said. Petronet had last year signed a MoU with Petrobangla to set up a 7.5 million tonnes a year project to receive and regasify LNG on Kutubdia Island in Cox`s Bazar and lay a 26-km pipeline to connect it to the consumption markets. The firm has now made a formal proposal with techno-economic details including the cost to the Bangladesh government for approval, Singh said. "We have told them that we can build the land-based LNG receipt facility in 42 months from the date of receiving all approvals," he said. The project envisions future expansion and can be used for supplying LNG through small barges and LNG trucks to users which are not connected by the gas grid. Once Bangladesh government accepts the proposal, a formal pact will be signed between Petronet and Petrobangla, he said. Kutubdia islands has a natural harbor with a good draft and a natural breakwater, ideal for setting up LNG terminal. The proposed terminal is beside the one Bangladesh is looking to set up at Matarbari in Moheshkhali Island of Cox`s Bazar district or Anwara, Chittagong. The terminal, to be set up on the build-own-operate basis, will supply gas to power plants. Bangladesh has a lot of unmet demand. Gas demand is projected to more than double to 45 million tonnes from the current 20 million tonnes in next 20 years. Excelerate Energy is looking at setting up a floating terminal at Moheshkhali. Originally, Petronet was one of the five global energy firms shortlisted for setting up the LNG import terminal. The others shortlisted included Anglo-Dutch super-major Shell, China`s Huanqiu Contracting and Engineering, Tractebel Engineering of Belgium and Japan`s Mitsui. Only Petronet now remains in fray for the project. Bangladesh is looking at importing gas to ease its energy crisis in southeastern Chittagong region, which was once almost self-reliant in natural gas but started facing a supply crisis in 2006 as output diminished from the Sangu gas field. The country`s sole offshore gas well, Sangu-11, was permanently closed in October 2013. As a result, some plants are running below the capacity and a few have been shut due to non-availability of gas. The LNG terminal will supply gas to a proposed 1,000 MW combined cycle power plant as well as the existing power plants in Raozan and Sikalbaha through a planned pipeline. Bangladesh is also looking at setting up a floating LNG import facility in the Bay of Bengal. The Floating Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) of 500 million cubic feet a day capacity can, however, meet only a part of the growing demand for gas in power, fertiliser, factory, and industry.      
Category: Gas
‘Efforts on to start Barapukuria power plant’
July 27, 2018 Friday 11:02 PM By BSS
Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus has said alternative ways are being tried to start Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Station. “Currently, the country’s power plants have the production capacity to meet requirements of Bangladesh,” he said this on Saturday during his visit to Barapukuria power plant and coal mine under Parbotipur upazila in Dinajpur with a four-member high-powered team. The team members were Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem, Chairman of Petrobangla Abul Mansur Md Faizullah and Chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board Engineer Khaled Mahmood. The team members visited the power plant and coal mine in connection with the coal scam and closure of Barapukuria coal-fired thermal power plant due to lack of coal. The visiting high officials held a meeting with officials in the administrative area of Barapukuria coal-fired thermal power plant before visiting nearby Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited. Dr Ahmad said there are shortages of 100 MW to 150 MW power supply to Rangpur region comprising of eight districts where problem is being faced in maintaining voltage balance due to long distance. “As a result, load-shedding is being given for one to one and a half hours daily to the region,” he said, adding that the extent of load shedding already reduced through increasing supply of natural gas to Sirajganj power station. Petrobangla Chairman Abul Mansur Md Faizullah said appropriate measures would be taken against those involved with the scam. “There is no way to look into the matters lightly for those people who are involved with the coal scam creating the hardships to the people,” Faizullah added. Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem said that the inspection was aimed at observing the reality against what the officials were saying about coal shortage in the mine and issue of coal scam. “The inspection was also aimed at studying the possibility of coal supply to the coal-fired thermal power station as per its demand and when production of coal from the coal mine would be possible,” he said. Abu Hena said a case was filed in this connection with Parbotipur Thana and the Anti Corruption Commission already started investigation into the matter to bring the officials involved with the scam under the laws of the land.
Category: Power
Imported LNG supply to nat’l grid rescheduled for Aug 8
July 25, 2018 Wednesday 4:46 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government has now set a target to start supplying re-gasified Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to the national grid from August 8. “We have once again rescheduled the supply date of maiden LNG to consumers on August 8,”said an official of Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL). This is for the fourth time the date for LNG supply to the National Grid has been rescheduled. He said: A high-powered team of Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Ltd visited in the site at Moheskhali recently and assured us completion of all works regarding maintaining the under construction pipeline by August 7, 2018. In the last time, the RPGCL rescheduled the date for supplying the LNG to the gridline on July 4, 2018 after repairing the leakage in subsea pipeline in Bay. Earlier, the US company was supposed to start the FSRU (floating, storage and re-gasification unit) in the first week of May, but managed to obtain an extension of two months. The government is planning to import about 3.75 million metric tonnes of LNG a year. The first LNG consignment from Qatar`s RasGas Company Ltd reached Bangladesh on April 24. The FSRU in Bangladesh has the capacity to hold 138,000 cubic metres of LNG and can re-gasify and distribute up to 500 million cubic feet per day, as per the deal. According to Petrobangla, it supplies between 2,650-2750 mmcf of natural gas daily against the demand of 3,700mcf.
Category: Gas
Northerners brace for power cuts as Barapukuria power plant closed
July 23, 2018 Monday 12:53 PM By UNB
The country’s northern region is likely to experience unusual power cuts or low voltage problem as the authorities concerned shut down the third and last unit of Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant on Sunday night. Director of Power Development Board (PDB) Saiful Hasan Chowdhury told UNB that the plant went out of operation around 10:20pm. Officials at the PDB, which operates the plant, said they had to completely shut down the plant because of the short supply of coal from the nearby Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL). The districts which may face such problems include Rangpur, Panchagarh, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Dinajpur and Thakurgaon as they receive power supply mainly from the Barapukuria plant. Earlier, Abdul Hakim, chief engineer of the power plant, told UNB on Sunday that they may have to shut down the plant from Monday morning for the shortage of coal.  Saiful Hasan said the authorities were trying to ensure power supply to the districts from alternative sources like power plants in other districts -- Sirajganj, Khulna and Rajshahi. “The PDB has urged Petrobangla to ensure adequate gas supply to the gas-fired power plants in Sirajganj and other districts so that the generation could be enhanced and supply could be available in the northern region,” he added. Officials said the shortage of coal suddenly came to their notice a few days back when a team from PDB visited the coal mine and found that there was no adequate reserve of coal in the yard of the mine. They found that there was only 6,000 tonnes of coal reserved in the yard which may meet the requirement of only 2-3 days. The coal production in the Barapukuria coal mine was suspended under a programme to change the mining shaft.  But the PDB was assured by the BCMCL authorities of continuing the coal supply from the reserved coal during the closure of the mine operation. PDB officials said the power plant requires about 4,500 tonnes of coal a day when all the three units are in operation. But now two units remain off and only the third unit with 275MW capacity was operating to a tune of 130 MW. The issue was immediately communicated with Petrobangla, they said. Meanwhile, Petrobangla top officials identified inconsistency in the coal reserve at the coal mine yard. As per the official investigation, the stock was found to have a shortage of 148,000 tonnes of coal and finally Petrobangla has formed a three-member inquiry committee, headed by its director (mining) Quamruzzaman, to investigate the issue of the coal shortage and suspended a number of BCMCL officials. The officials who were suspended or removed include managing director of the company Habib Uddin Ahmed, secretary-cum-general manager Abul Quasem Prodhania, general manager ATM Nuruzzaman Chowdhury and deputy general manager (store) Khaledul Islam. It was apprehended that a huge quantity of coal was smuggled from the coal reserve in connivance with the top officials of the mine for which the unusual shortage was created in the supply.  Contacted, Quamruzzaman told UNB that the inquiry committee has already started its work. He said the committee was given three days to complete its job and submit its report. “But we need a few more days as we’ve to physically visit the spot and identify the irregularities,” he said. The probe body chief said they will visit the mine soon.
Category: Power
Nasrul asks to ensure hassle free power supply
July 21, 2018 Saturday 6:37 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Saturday asked all concerned to supply hassle free electricity at consumers level. “Be more cautious about harassment-free electricity supply to the customers,” he said told a two-day General Managers’ conference of Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) as the chief guest in the city. The state minister said customers’ satisfaction is the main goal of the government. “Customers can not be harassed in any situation. We have to talk to them in a smiling face. The BREB would have to resolve all existing problems within the next three-month and the government will give all necessary assistance to this regard,” he said. “We have to take initiative to increase coordination among production, distribution and transmission companies for implementation of the development plan as per the demand,” he said. Various issues including target of brining all upazilas under 100 percent power coverage, problems at field level, technical constraints, power outages, possible causes and remedies for the loss of transformers were discussed in the conference. Among others, Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikus, Chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board Engineer Khaled Mahmood, Chairman of BREB Major General Moin Uddin (retd) and Power Cell Director General Engineer Mohammad Hossain spoke on the occasion.
Category: Power
LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh opened the largest LPG depot at Jhenaidah
July 17, 2018 Tuesday 3:00 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
LAUGFS Gas (Bangladesh) Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Sri Lankan business conglomerate LAUGFS Holding, has recently inaugurated its regional distribution center at Jhenaidah. The launched regional distribution center, shortly termed as RDC, is being marked as the best kind of depot in LPG industry in terms of safety standard and compliance, said a press release. Being the proud owner, LAUGFS Gas officiated the RDC at Jhenaidah with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the hand of its senior management including Md Saidul Islam, Director and CEO of LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh, Ranjith Jayawardena, COO of LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh, Nazeer Latiff, General Manager (Sales & Marketing) of LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh, Dr MayuraNeththikumarage, General Manager (Operations), SujeewaVidanapathirana, General Manager (Finance). This auspicious occasion was also presented by company’s channel partners who will be taking cylinders of LAUGFS Gas from this depot to sale and distribute to their respective markets. Jhenaidah RDC will be catering the market demand of Jhenaidah, Kushtia, Meherpur, Chuadanga, and Rajbari, a region crossing Padma river which is showing a lot of socio-economic promise in the country. Company officials of LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh have conveyed gratitude from company’s behalf to all the distributors and dealers for being with the company to provide support and service to the market neatly and thanked all the invited channel partners for keeping the faith on company and requested them to do so in coming days. LAUGFS Gas believes in growing the business together with its well-wishers as well as serving the community as a good corporate citizen. Having its terminal in Bangladesh at Mongla, LAUGFS Gas has set its logistical infrastructure at all the major regions of Bangladesh and expanding the number more to cater the LPG demand seamlessly all over Bangladesh.  
Category: LPG
Summit power generation capacity increases to 1,941MW
July 16, 2018 Monday 7:02 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh’s largest independent power producer (IPP), Summit Power, has recently raises it electricity generation capacity to 1,941MW with commissioning of another power plant at Gazipur. The local power giant started producing electricity from another 149 MW HFO-based power plant, at Kodda in Gazipur. The new plant, Summit Gazipur I Power Limited, went into operation on schedule, said a press release by the Summit Group. With addition of this new power plant, the total generation capacity of Summit now stands at 1,941 MW. Just two months ago another plant, Summit Gazipur II Power (300MW), started power generation in record time. Summit Gazipur I Power is supplying electricity to 132 KV national grid through PGCB’s Kodda grid sub-stations. Summit Gazipur I (149MW) and Gazipur II (300MW) power plants are located adjacent to each other in Kodda, Gazipur about 30 km away from Dhaka city. Summit Gazipur I Power Limited is a joint venture of Summit Power Limited (SPL) – the DSE and CSE listed company with 64% ownership and remaining by Summit Corporation Limited. The project agreements of this 149 MW power project consequently the power purchase agreement (PPA) and implementation agreement (IA) were signed with Bangladesh government for a period of 15 years on April 12, 2017.  
Category: Power
Nuclear plant being implemented with full security measures: PM
July 15, 2018 Sunday 4:33 PM By BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is being constructed with taking full security measures, adding the design of the plant has been developed in such a way that it will not succumb to any accident–natural or man-made. Highest measures are being undertaken to avoid any sort of risk for the people, she said, adding that Russian Federation will take back spent nuclear fuel of the plant and a deal has been signed in this regard. The prime minister said this while addressing a gathering on the occasion of the First Concrete Pouring Ceremony of the Second Unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant here. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hoped that the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant would play an important role in the journey to turn Bangladesh into a middle income country. She said electricity is a key element for socio-economic development and adequate and reliable supply of electricity is an important prerequisite for attracting both domestic and foreign investment. The government has taken steps to reach electricity to all citizens and various productive sectors as electricity is in the priority list of the demand of the people. Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation Yury Ivanovich Borisov attended the function as the special guest with Minister for Science and Technology Yafes Osman in the chair. First Director General of Rosatam Laxin Alexander, Director of International Atomic Energy Agency Dohee Hohn spoke, among others, on the occasion while Secretary of Ministry of Science and Technology Md. Anwar Hossain gave welcome address with an overview of the power plant. Cabinet members, PM’s advisors, officials of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority, senior atomic energy officials of India, Chiefs of three services and senior civil and military officials were present. Sheikh Hasina conveyed her gratitude to the Russian government and its people for extending their support to the project. With the first concrete pouring of the second unit, Sheikh Hasina hoped that construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will be completed within the stipulated time and Bangladesh would become 33rd country of atomic energy club.  First Concrete of the First Unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant was poured on November 30, 2017 and in last seven months, the work of the first unit made a good progress. Sheikh Hasina said in order to have a sustainable power supply, her government, in the energy policy, has laid importance on alternative sources of energy like solar power, nuclear power, wind energy, etc. alongside fossil fuels. As part of a master plan of the electricity producing, the government hastaken decision for commissioning the Rooppur Nuclear Power plant with total capacity of producing 2,400 megawatts of electricity by 2023-2024. Terming the construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant a long-cherished dream of the nation, the prime minister said, the seed of the dream was sowed in 1961 when some physical works, including land acquisition, were completed. But the Pakistan government abruptly stopped the work and shifted the plant to West Pakistan showing step-motherly attitude to the East, she said. The premier said the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant was a dream project of Bangabandhu. After independence, he took an initiative to construct nuclear plant and started work. But the entire project was abandoned after his brutal assassination in 1975. Sheikh Hasina said no government for long 21 years had taken any initiative for the project. The Awami League government, after coming to power in 1996, worked out a time-bound plan with International Atomic Energy Commission-IAEA. But before completion of the entire process, the tenure of that government was expired. After coming to power in 2001, the BNP-Jamaat government stopped implementation of many people-oriented programs, including the Rooppur power plant project, she said. Sheikh Hasina said after assuming office in 2009, her government had revived the project and came to an agreement with Russian Federation for implementation of the project. “As a trusted friend, Russia not only extended material and moral support to our liberation war in 1971, but also took part in rebuilding war-ravaged Bangladesh after its independence,” the prime minister recalled. Now country’s total capacity of electricity production rose to 18,353 MW and 90 percent people is under electricity coverage. Over 4.5 million solar home systems have been set up in the areas where transmission line is difficult to be reached, she said. About the concern of a section of the people over safety of the nuclear power plant, the prime minister said safety of nuclear power plant is indeed crucial and we are very much aware of it. “We are strictly following the IAEA safety standards and other relevant guidelines as well as international good practices in building the Rooppur power plant,” she said, adding that the Rooppur plant is being constructed with G3+ Russian reactor which contains the latest technologies for safety measures and radiation control system. Sheikh Hasina said the government has enacted the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Act- 2012 to strengthen national nuclear regulatory infrastructure to ensure safe and secure applications of nuclear techniques. An independent nuclear regulatory authority – Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) has been formed and bilateral relationship with nuclear regulatory bodies of the Russian Federation and India as well as IAEA has been established for the capacity building of the regulatory authority. The President of Russian Federation has assured me of the safety issue. The construction firm Atomstroyexport has been constructing the plant maintaining international standards and ensuring all safety issues, she said. The prime minister said the government has taken initiative for creating necessary manpower for safe operation of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. Recruitment of personnel and staff and their training in India and the Russian Federation have already been started, she said. “Not only for Rooppur Power Plant, we are also preparing skilled manpower for maintenance of our Satellite Bangabandhu-1, “Sheikh Hasina said. “We have no dearth of talented youths. If proper training is given, our youths would be able to operate these high-tech machineries,” the premier added.
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BPDB, GE sign deal for 3600 MW power plant
July 12, 2018 Thursday 4:34 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
American conglomerate General Electric Company (GE) inked a MoU with the state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for implementing project worth $4.4 billion, including a 3,600-MW LNG to gasbased power plant, an associated LNG import terminal, and necessary infrastructure under a joint venture (JV). BPDB will be the lead partner having 51 per cent equity, while GE will have 30 per cent equity. The remaining 19 per cent equity will be provided by another strategic investor for implementing the 3,600-MW power plant and associated facilities. Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury was the chief guest at the MoU signing ceremony, held at Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka on Wednesday. Khaled Mahmood, chairman of the BPDB, and Russel Stokes, GE power signed the MoU on behalf of the respective parties. US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Power Division Secretary Ahmad Kaikaus were the special guests at the functions. Speaking on the occasion, the PM’s adviser lauded GE for being associated with the Bangladeshi companies to implement the power and energy projects. He urged the US company to establish a turbine manufacturing plant in the country, and help Bangladesh with innovative technologies to ensure sustainable energy at affordable cost. He also requested GE to consider establishing coal-fired power plants in Bangladesh to ensure diversification of energy and proper fuel-mix. BPDB and GE decided to form a joint venture company to implement the project. The joint venture will carry out a feasibility study, develop 5,600 acres of land, construct and operate the power plant, and construct an LNG import terminal and infrastructure. The plant will have three units of 1,200 MW. The estimated project cost includes $1.6 billion for land development and $2.8 billion for the power plant. The expected completion time is 36 months.  
Category: Power
BD Rail to link Ishwardy with Rooppur nuke plant
July 10, 2018 Tuesday 8:54 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh Railway on Tuesday signed an agreement with an Indo-Bangla joint venture company to build a dual-gauge railway line between Pabna’s Ishwardi and Rooppur power plant, the country`s first nuclear plant. The 26.5 kilometre dual gague line including 4.50 km loop-line will carry goods and machineries to the plant. The project will be implemented at the cost of Tk 297.55 crore within next 18 months. The project also include construction of a railway station, 13 level crossings and seven box culverts along with purchase and establishment of a computer-based color light signaling system. According to the contract, the project will be completed within 18 months. Mojibur Rahman, general manager (West) of Bangladesh Railway, signed the deal on behalf of Bangladesh Railway at Rail Bhaban in the capital in presence of Railways Minister Mujibul Haque. Suvash Chandra Hawlader, managing director of Standard Engineers Ltd, signed on behalf of Indo-Bangla joint venture company – Standard Engineers Ltd – Castle Construction Ltd of Bangladesh, and GTP Infra Projects Ltd of India. Railways minister Md Mazibul Hoque chaired the signing ceremony. Railways Minister Muzibul Hoque was present as the chief guest while Railways Secretary Mofazzel Hossain presided over the programme.
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