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Public hearing on gas price hike starts March 11
The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is going to hold mass hearings on gas price hike from March 11. The energy regulator has already received proposals from all gas transmission and distribution companies about the hike. The mass hearing will take place at the auditorium of the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) in Karwanbazar, said a notice. Any organisations or persons interested in taking part in the mass hearing should apply to the BERC by March 4.  The hearing will start with Petrobangla on March 11 in the morning. Later, from 10:30am, the Gas Transmission Company Limited will place a proposal to increase the gas transmission charge.  On March 12, the hearing of the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 10am to 12:30pm. From 2:30pm to 5pm on the same day, the hearing of Sundarban Gas Company Limited will take place. On March 13, the hearing of the Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 10am to 12:30pm. The hearing of the Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 2:30pm to5:00 pm on the same day. On March 14, the hearing of the Karnafuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd will take place from 10am to 12:30pm, while the Pashchimanchal Gas Company Ltd’s hearing will be held from 2:30 pm to 5pm.
LNG boosts Ctg factories, power plants
February 15, 2019 Friday 11:28 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Gas supply to the national grid from the maiden floating LNG import terminal in the deep sea rose to its maximum capacity on Tuesday morning as the pipeline started receiving 450 million cubic feet of gas a day. The gas supply to different regions from the national grid will boost up production in factories, gas-based power plants and fertiliser factories, domestic holdings and garment manufacturing units resulting in a positive impact on the overall national economy. With the enhanced supply the country is now getting gas for all regions including the capital Dhaka from the national grid in a limited scale alongside the natural gas available from the local gas fields. The natural gas supplied earlier to the Chattogram region has also been added to Dhaka and rest of the country from the national grid. Chattogram, a long-time gas-hungry region, will be the most beneficiary of the FSRU gas supply as most of the major industries and the thriving special industrial and economic zones are located in the region. It took as long as seven months after commissioning of the Floating, Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) located at Moheshkhali island of Cox`s Bazar to get supply of the re-gasified LNG from the import terminal having 500 million cubic feet of gas a day (mmcfd), sources concerned said. Sources in the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Co Ltd (KGDCL) said trial supply of 450 mmcfd of gas for two days was successful before full scale commissioning by authority in the Petrobangla. Sources said that the supply from the FSRU was disrupted due to leakage in the submersed gas pipeline between the City Gate Station (CGS) near the CUFL fertiliser factory at Anwara and the Fouzderhat CGS at Sitakunda. For supply of the re-gasified LNG the authority concerned constructed a 91- kilometre pipeline between Moheshkhali and Anwara and another 30- kilometre pipeline between Anwara and Fouzderhat. Earlier, the actuator valve in between the FSRU and the sub-sea pipeline also surfaced leakage in the first week of November last resulting in the total halt to the re-gasification at the Excelerate Energy`s terminal, sources said.  The KGDCL, dedicated to the Chattogram region, was receiving only 170 to 180 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd), far less than it used to get before termination of re-gasification at the LNG import terminal, sources said. Production in the gas-fired power plants of Raozan 210 megawatt x 2, Shikalbaha 225 MW, Shikalbaha 150 MW power plants and Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) in Chattogram was suspended following the damage in the underwater pipeline valve. The KGDC official said after repairing the pipeline the gas supply resumed in a limited scale ranging between 210 and 230 mmcfd. So the authority could not supply gas to the national grid as expected. Chattogram was the worst sufferer from gas shortage as the gas-hungry industries have been suffering from short supply. The domestic burners ran dry for a long time while commercial enterprises also suffered for years. Source: Financial Express
Category: Gas
Deal signed to import uranium for nuke plant
February 1, 2019 Friday 11:15 AM By BSS
The government on Thursday signed a primary deal to import uranium for the much awaited Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant aimed at generating 2,200 MW power. “Initiatives to bring uranium from Russia for using it for nuclear power plant at Rooppur would be completed in time,” Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafes Osman said this, witnessing the deal signing ceremony at his ministry conference room. Member (Planning and Development) of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Dr Imtiaz Kamal and Overseas vice president of ROSATOM Nikita Mazein signed the primary agreement on behalf of their respective sides. During the contract signing ceremony secretary of the ministry M Anwar Hossain, Bangladesh Ambassador to Russia Dr SM Saiful Haque and high officials of Russian Federation were present.
Category: Nuclear
Govt seeks developers for its first onshore LNG terminal
January 31, 2019 Thursday 11:39 AM By Reuters
Bangladesh is seeking expressions of interest to build the country’s first onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, according to a company official and a document posted on the company’s website. The South Asian country, which has a population of more than 160 million is turning to land-based LNG terminals as its first imports of the super-chilled fuel through a floating platform were delayed due to the weather and technical issues. Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Co, part of state-owned Petrobangla, which oversees LNG supplies, has requested interest from potential terminal developers for a land-based LNG regasification terminal at Matarbari in the Cox’s Bazar district of southern Bangladesh. The expression of interest is for the design, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of a land-based terminal that can handle 7.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, including receiving, unloading, storage and re-gasification facilities. The project is on a build-own-operate basis for 20 years, with ownership then transferred to the Bangladeshi government or a company nominated by the government at no cost. “A land-based LNG terminal is now our top priority,” said Mohammad Quamruzzaman, managing director of Rupantarita Prakritik Gas. The onshore terminal, which can be expanded to 15 million mtpa in the future, is part of Bangladesh’s strategy to develop its gas sector with private companies, according to the document. The project developer will be required to arrange the necessary financing, the document stated. The developer will receive the LNG from the LNG ship as part of an agreement between Bangladesh and the LNG supplier, unload and store it, re-gasify it and supply the gas to the transmission pipeline. The terminal is set to be completed by June 2023. Companies should submit their expressions of interest by March 20, with the official documents expected to be issued to shortlisted applicants by Aug. 29. Bangladesh began importing LNG from Qatar on a regular basis in last year through the country’s first floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU). It has scrapped plans to build additional floating LNG import terminals after its second FSRU comes on line. Bangladesh’s LNG demand potential could support a terminal with that capacity, said senior analyst at consultancy FGE Poorna Rajendran. “Declining domestic output amidst growing energy demand would leave LNG as a mainstay in its energy mix,” he said. “Coal’s share will rise in the nation’s energy mix but existing gas infrastructure and growing environmental and land acquisition concerns surrounding large coal plants would mean that coal’s share will not grow substantially.” In such a scenario with LNG expected to be a long term solution, a land-based terminal with larger capacity would be more economical than a smaller FSRU which is typically best suited to meet short-term and mid-term demand, he added.
Category: Gas
ECNEC approves 2 power distribution projects
January 30, 2019 Wednesday 3:55 PM By BSS
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) at a meeting on Tuesday approved two similar projects to extend power distribution lines in Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions to give some 4.15 lakh new power connections involving Taka 2,215.17 crore. ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting held in the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area. Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that a total of nine projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 16,433.27 crore. “Of the total project cost, Taka 13,620.27 crore will come from the GoB portion, Taka 285.61 crore from the organization’s own fund while the rest of Taka 2,527.39 crore from project assistance,” he said. Of the approved nine projects, five schemes are new while four others are revised ones. The prime minister also stressed the need for developing an integrated communication system across the country comprising the roads, railways and waterways. Mannan said the ECNEC meeting praised highly the PDB and the REB for their works over the years to widen the coverage of electricity across the country. The Planning Minister said both the power distribution line projects aim at ensuring cent percent electrification by 2021 in the project areas, strengthening and improving further the power distribution system to provide uninterrupted power supply for every user by 2030, improving the socio-economic conditions of people in the project areas and providing improved client services. The Rangpur division power distributions line and substations extension and rehabilitation project will be implemented by the Northern Electric Supply Company (NESCO) Limited under the Power Division with an estimated cost of Taka 1,123.85 crore. The project is scheduled to be implemented by June, 2022. The project will be implemented at 21 city corporation, pourasabha and upazila areas under eight districts of Rangpur division. The project will also increase the capacity by 220 MVA and some 1.80 lakh new power connections will be provided. The main project operations include erection of some 3,192 kilometer new power connections, renovation of the existing 1,739 kilometer old lines, standard up-gradation and rehabilitation of some 10 33/11 KV sub-stations, installation of 4,326 distribution transformers and some 368 11KV capacitor banks. The Rajshahi Division distribution line and substation extension and rehabilitation project will be implemented also by the Northern Electricity Supply Company (NESCO) Limited under the Power Division with an estimated cost of Taka 1,091.32 crore. The project is scheduled to be completed by June, 2022. This project will also increase the capacity by 470 MVA and some 2.35 lakh new power connections will be provided. The main project operations include installation of some 3 new 33/11 KV power sub-stations, standard up-gradation and rehabilitation of some 20 33/11 KV sub-stations, erection of some 2,042.5 kilometer new lines, rehabilitation of some 1,411 kilometer dilapidated lines, installation of some 3,851 distribution transformers, installation of 25 circuit breakers as well as installation of 311 capacitor banks.    
Category: Power
150MW power to add in northern region
January 23, 2019 Wednesday 10:52 AM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
State-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) signed a deal with the Dongfang Electric International Corporation (DEC) of China on Tuesday to construct a 150-megawatt (MW) power plant at Saidpur in Nilphamari. Through signing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract between BPDB and Chinese company, 150 MW electricity will be added to the country’s northern region by June 2021. “The proposed power plant would be set up at Saidpur and it would start supplying electricity from 2021 June,” Chairman of BPDB Engineer Khaled Mahmood said. According to the deal, BPDB Secretary Mina Masud Uzzaman and Deputy Manager of Dongsang Electric International Corporation Ou Yanjiang signed the contract on behalf of their respective sides at Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka. The plant will be built on 18 acres of land in Syedpur under Nilphamari district within 540 days by June 2021. It will be run with diesel, to be imported from India through a 130-km (kilometre) cross-country pipeline. The total cost to build the power plant has been estimated at around Tk 10 billion, of which the government will provide around Tk 3.02 billion. Besides, the BPDB will provide around Tk 2.15 billion from its own coffer, and the remaining Tk 4.83 billion will be project loan. The power plant will be built under the buyer`s credit, and the Bank of China will provide 85 per cent of the EPC cost worth US$ 68.49 million. Prime Minister’s Energy Affairs Advisor Dr Towfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury witnessed the signing ceremony as the chief guest and said the government signed the contract with Chinese company due to reasonable price. “We often go for open tender so that we can verify market price. The government developed the power sector tremendously. That’s why Awami League got reelected easily,” he said. Addressing the function as the special guest State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the proposed power plant will supply uninterrupted electricity to the northern region. He opined that diesel transportation from India`s Numaligarh refinery through the proposed pipeline to run the power plant will be risk-free and cost-effective. The state-run Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) usually imports diesel and furnace oil from international market through different suppliers to run the country`s power plants. The BPC and the Indian state-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), the owner of Numaligarh refinery, are currently working together to build the cross-country pipeline to supply the fuel. Chaired by BPDB Chairman Engineer Khaled Mahmood, the signing ceremony was also addressed by Power Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus.      
Category: Power
Aramco interested to invest in Bangladesh’s energy sector
January 22, 2019 Tuesday 8:05 AM By BSS
Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas-based Oil Company Aramco has shown its interest to invest in the energy sector in Bangladesh. Aramco Managing Director Waleed K Ghemlas on Monday expressed the interest at a meeting with State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid at the latter’s office in the secretariat in the city, said an official release. Ghemlas said his company is primarily interested to set up oil refinery in Bangladesh. Nasrul said future of petrochemical industry in Bangladesh is very bright. Saudi Arabia has a great opportunity to invest in the energy sector in Bangladesh, he added. The state minister urged the Saudi oil company to conduct feasibility study on the market and the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) to assist in this regard. Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Munim and Aramco India Office President Mohammed Mughirah were present, among others, in the meeting.
Category: Petroleum
Govt to spend Tk 2,000cr to ensure non-stop power supply to Dhaka, N’ganj
January 19, 2019 Saturday 6:27 PM By UNB
A move is underway to implement a Tk 2,000 crore project to ensure uninterrupted power supply to Dhaka’s central and south-west zones and major parts of Narayanganj within the next three years. According to official sources, Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC) has undertaken the project to implement it during the 2019-2022 period as part of its development programme. “Once the project is implemented, the DPDC will be able to build a power distribution system to ensure non-stop electricity supply to consumers living in major parts of the two cities,” DPDC Executive Director Ramiz Uddin told UNB. He said the project got the approval of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on November 7 last year, which was its last meeting under the previous government. Of the total cost, the government will finance Tk 1,882 crore while the DPDC will provide Tk 78 crore from its own funds to implement the project. “Now we’re preparing tender documents to float the tender to award contract for the job,” he added saying it may take one month or two to complete the tender invitation process. Power Division officials said the new project was undertaken as part of the government’s current target to improve power distribution and transmission system after its success in power generation. They said although the country’s power generation reached a benchmark of over 11,000 MW through its installed generation capacity of 18,000 MW but uninterrupted power supply in the capital city and elsewhere in the country is yet to be ensured due to poor distribution and transmission network. “As a result, many areas face power outage despite surplus power generation,” said a senior official at the Power Division.        Officials said DPDC mainly operates power distribution systems in Dhaka’s central and south-west parts and major parts of Narayanganj city, and the project will be implemented in the two cities. Officials said the project will facilitate the uninterrupted power supply until 2030 and another new project will be required to continue such facility. Under the project framework, a good number of old substations, each having 33/11 kV capacity, will be replaced with new ones while 165 km of new source lines will be built and 33,157 electric poles will be installed, 1,642 km of overhead lines will be renovated. Installation of 361 km 11 kV underground distribution lines and 2,575 transformers have been included in the project, according to the official sources.   DPDC now distributes about 1,531 MW of electricity among its 1.178 million consumers and the electricity consumption in its command area has been witnessing about 12 percent growth a year.
Category: Power
GCM and POWERCHINA inks $4bn power deal
January 17, 2019 Thursday 9:40 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
GCM Resources plc and Chinese state owned enterprise POWERCHINA  signed a joint venture agreement and EPC contract for the proposed development of 2,000MW of mine mouth coal fired power plants with an approximate investment of $4bn in Dinajpur District, North-West Bangladesh. The agreement and contract were signed in a ceremony organised at the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel Dhaka, said a press release. The documents were signed by Md Badruzzaman and Md. Firoz Zaman on behalf of GCM and Xiong Li Xin and Pan Deng Yu on behalf of POWERCHINA. Executive Chairman of GCM Datuk Michael Tang PJN, Managing Director of DIPON Group Engr. Rashed Mahmud, Managing Director of Mutual Trust Bank Anis Khan, Chairman, PowerChina International Ding Zheng Guo, Chairman of Chinese Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh Lin Wei Qiang and Vice President of  PowerChina Eurasia Xu Jiang Long were witnesses. The proposed project, which is part of a broader strategy by GCM to generate 6,000MW of low cost electricity for the Bangladesh market utilising domestic coal, providing an estimated US$12.5 billion in foreign direct investment, at no capital cost to the government and is in line with the government’s energy development master plan and election manifesto of current party in power, being to pursue the logical use of the country’s coal resources. The power plant utilising ultra supercritical technology with its high-energy efficiency enables maximum power to be generated from the coal, provides lower levels of emissions and delivers the lowest cost of power. The project would deliver a sustainable power solution for the development and progress of Bangladesh and would have a substantial multiplier effect on the country’s economic and social advancement. This includes thousands of new jobs, new industries, more business and direct positive impact on the development of Rangpur Division. The proposal is for the power plants to be powered by coal from a proposed adjoining open pit mine where the power plants will be located.  Technical studies for both the power plants and mine have been completed and are favorable.  Mine mouth power in the coal rich but industrially underdeveloped northern Bangladesh can bring significant regional and national benefits. It can potentially provide the cheapest electricity in the country avoiding the need for long haul transportation and handling of coal as required by other planned coal power plants in Bangladesh which are mostly relying on imported coal.  Datuk Michael Tang PJN, Executive Chairman of GCM, said “The JV agreement and EPC contract are key milestones for the development of the 2nd proposed 2,000MW power plant project at the mine site and aligns with GCM’s strategy to present a holistic power solution to the government of Bangladesh which can generate 6,000MW at the lowest cost for the country.  The Phulbari Coal and power project will deliver a significant multiplier effect on the nation’s advancement.”    Ding Zheng Guo, Chairman of PowerChina International Group Limited, stated: “POWERCHINA is delighted to be a partner with GCM to deliver an integrated mine and power plant for the people of Bangladesh. Completing the JV agreement and EPC Contract were very important steps in progressing the combined project. As the power plant contractor, we are committed to a positive relationship with the community and to construct an environmentally friendly power plant for the benefit of the local people. GCM had earlier on signed a joint development agreement for a separate 2,000MW of coal fired power plants in the same area with another China State Owned Enterprise.  
Category: Power
Rural people happy as electricity reaches door steps
January 17, 2019 Thursday 7:03 PM By BSS
Rural people in Khulna are happy as electricity has reached their door steps, making their lives easier. Consumers of Khulna villages do not need to hang around behind the officers and employees of Khulna Palli Biddyut Samity (Rural Electricity Samity) of Khulna. Employees of the Samity are now going to consumers’ doors with a mobile van-car decorated a banner ‘Alor Feriwala, Matro 5-10 minute-e Biddut Sanjog, Khulna Palli Biddut Samity’, Peddler of light, Electricity connection within 5 to 10 minutes, Khulna Rural Electricity Samity.’ While visiting Senerbazar area under Rupsha upazila in Khulna on Wednesday this reporter found that employees of the Biddyut Samity knocked different houses and asked them to take electricity connection if they did not get it earlier. Talking to BSS, Mahmud Hassan, an employee of Pally Biddyut Samity of Sener Bazar Zonal Office, said, “We connect electricity within 5 to 10 minutes after taking government fees.” “Consumers do not need to hang around our office for electricity connection. No extra charges are being taken from them,” he added. Amzad Mia, a farmer, who got new electricity connection last month, said, “I did not face any harassment or give them any extra charge to get new electricity connection,” Senior General Manager of Khulna Pally Biddyut Samity Shahiduzzaman told BSS that they are providing electricity connections to consumers under the scheme. General Manager of the Samity Engineer Zulfiqar told BSS, “We initiated ‘Alor Ferrywala’ service on January 06, 2018 with a view to provide better services to our consumers.” “Consumers are getting electricity connection after paying only Tk 965 to the government. We have not received any complain from consumers,” he said, adding that the service would continue till hundred percent electricity coverage is not completed. A total of six upazilas have been brought under full electricity coverage last year while 59 unions and two pourasavas of remained three upazilas in the district have been brought under 80 percent coverage, he said. Out of 2, 62,811 consumers, two lakh people under four zonal offices of Pally Biddyut Samity have been brought under electricity coverage, he said, adding that remained consumers will get this benefit by June, 2019.
Category: Power
Peak, off-peak load gap cut mandatory, says energy adviser
January 15, 2019 Tuesday 10:22 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Prime minister’s energy adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said curbing the difference between peak and off-peak load is one of the major challenges for the government, otherwise it may cause higher expenses for the power sector. “If the difference of peak and off-peak load soars, our spendings will shoot up accordingly,” he said. The adviser was addressing a programme held for his reception by the Power Division at the Bidyut Bhaban on Tuesday. Tawfiq, also a former bureaucrat, was reappointed as the adviser on Sunday, eight says after the Awami League formed its new government after the landslide win in the December 30 polls. According to Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), the forecast demand for power during peak and off-peak hours was estimated at 10,631MW and 11747MW for Tuesday. Crediting the previous government, also led by the Awami League, for ‘proving electricity to every household’, Tawfiq said: “It (power coverage) was a massive achievement for the (last) government.” Currently, 90% of the population has access to electricity, with power sector high-ups hoping the entire country to come under electricity coverage by this year. Tawfiq also opined that the sector must adopt an updated and timely communication strategy to help register an even better growth. Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, BPDB Chairman Khaled Mahmood and BERC Chairman Major General (retd) Moin Uddin, among others, attended the event.
Category: Power
Bangladesh mulls exporting power to Nepal during winter
January 14, 2019 Monday 11:36 AM By UNB
The government will soon initiate a process to export surplus electricity to neighbouring country Nepal in the winter when Bangladesh sees a drop in domestic consumption. According to official sources at the Power Ministry, the electricity export to Nepal will take place under the cross-border power trade where a tripartite agreement among the three neighbouring nations-Bangladesh, India and Nepal-will be required. The cross-border power trade between Dhaka and New Delhi started few years back whereby Bangladesh is importing over 1,000 MW of electricity from India. Dhaka is also trying to import electricity from its other neighbours, including Bhutan and Myanmar, to meet the demand during the summer season. Officials said the Indian government’s recent approval of guidelines is seen as a major development in the Bangladesh’s initiative to achieve its target for power export-import trade with Nepal. Officials said Bangladesh has initially planned to import power from Nepal through setting up hydropower plants there. But now it sees a major opportunity for exporting electricity to Nepal in the winter as well as before the start of its electricity import from the Himalayan nation. The demand-curve of electricity in Nepal is just reverse of Bangladesh. Officials said the demand for power increases in the Himalayan nation in the winter with the drop in the mercury whereas it sees a rise in Bangladesh for cool weather. Similarly, the demand goes up in the summer in Bangladesh while dips in Nepal. “Bangladesh mainly wants to take this advantage to export additional electricity to Nepal in the winter season and also import electricity from the Himalayan country in the summer season when they need less power,” said Mohammad Hossain, director general of Power Cell, a technical wing of the Power Ministry. He, however, said it is very hard to achieve the target within the next winter as export or import of electricity to and from Nepal needs huge infrastructure development which a time-consuming matter. Hossain mentioned that the recent amendment to the Indian guidelines has come as a big boon to Bangladesh’s initiative to import and export power from and to Nepal.
Category: Power
BPC seeks 1000 acres land in Cox’s Bazar for refinery, LPG plants
January 14, 2019 Monday 11:17 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) seeks about 1000 acres of land at Moheskhali in Cox’s Bazar for setting up a refinery and a large scale plant for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). “The Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) has recently sent a proposal to the Prime Minister Office (PMO) for getting the land,” said officials in the ministry.  The BPC earlier sent the proposal to the EMRD for clearance from the PMO. At present, the Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner’s office is conducting a feasibility study for Moheskhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development Initiative with the support of JICA.  As per the initiative, two separate power hubs will be developed at Moheskhali and Matarbari. The government has already signed deals to construct 10 power plants having a combined capacity of about 12,000MW of electricity between 2025 and 2038 at Moheskhali. Besides, seven more power plants having combined capacity to generate around 6200MW will be set up between 2024 and 2033 at Matarbari. The country’s alone refinery has a capacity to process only 14 lakh metric tons of crude oil per annum against the demand of 56 lakh tons of petroleum fuel. The government is now contemplating for setting up a second refinery having a capacity to refine an additional 30 lakh tons of crude fuel. According to BPC proposal, the new refinery will be installed near the location of single point mooring with double pipeline project. The installation of single point mooring with double pipeline project will help unload petroleum refine and crude fuel within two days instead of 10 days from the offshore.
Category: Petroleum
Titas fails deadline with around two-thirds work impending
January 13, 2019 Sunday 8:09 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Having failed to complete a three-year project for the implementation of two lakh prepaid gas meters by December last, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited (TGTDCL) has sought a two-year extension from the Petrobangla and Energy and Mineral Resources Division. Initiated in 2015, the project that expired on December 18 saw a little over one-third of the meters installed in parts of Dhaka, confirmed sources at the TGDCL, the country’s biggest state-run gas company. The project is being implemented with funding from the Bangladesh government and Japan International Cooperation Agency. “Just 74,284 meters were installed at Banani, Baridhara, Gulshan,Bashundhara, Badda, Tejgaon, Mirpur, Cantonment, Kafrul, Khilkhet, Uttara and adjacent areas of Dhaka,” said a Titas official. He attributed the failure to the delay in starting the project work. “The practical works of the project started more than two years and a half after its launching in January 2015,” he also said. He went on saying the proposal seeking extension of the project until 2020 was sent to the government for a go-ahead. Titas Gas Company and Japan-based Toyokeiki Company Ltd inked a Tk 387 crore engineering, procurement and construction deal on March 16, 2017 for the prepaid meter installation. Of the total project cost, the government will contribute Tk237 crore, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will pay Tk453 crore, and TGTDCL will provide funds of Tk 22.2 crore. Some 170,000 prepaid meters will be installed in Madhya Badda, Baridara, Gulshan, Banani, Tejgaon, Azampur, Cantonment, Mirpur, Kafrul, Khhilket, Uttarkhan, and Uttara, with the remaining 30,000 earmarked for Bashundhara, Uttara Third Phase, and Dakkhinkhan.  
Category: Gas
Summit’s LNG terminal likely to start commercial operation by March
January 9, 2019 Wednesday 7:10 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
The first LNG terminal under the initiative of private sector is likely to start commercially by March this year. The terminal is being constructed at Moheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar by the Summit LNG Terminal Company (Private) Limited, a concern of the Summit Group. Even though the terminal has the capacity to supply 500 million cubic feet of gas per day, it will be able to supply 250 million cubic feet because of the lack of installed pipeline, said a Petrobangla official. The new terminal of Summit is going to be launched six month after the first LNG terminal started supplying LNG to the national grid. ANM Tariqur Rashid, Managing Director of the Summit LNG Terminal Company Private Limited told energynewsbd.com that working on offshore location is always very risky and it is hard to envisage anything before the completion of the work. “We however hope to start our commercial activity in the terminal by March,” said Rashid. Summit Group signed two separate contracts with Energy and Mineral Resources Division and Petrobangla in April 20, 2017. As per the contracts, the Summit LNG Terminal Company Private Limited will construct the terminal along with a nine kilometer long pipeline under the sea. After operating the terminal for 15 years, Summit will hand over the terminal to Petrobangla. Under the LNG terminal project, Summit will supply gas to Gas Transmission Company Limited after converting the LNG into gas in the floating storage re-gasification unit (FSRU). Petrobangla will have to pay 45 cent (Tk 37) per million BTU to Summit. GTCL meanwhile will supply the gas to the national grid. The annual target of re-gasification in the terminal is 3.5 million ton. The initial estimated cost of the project is 500 million US dollar. Japan based Mitsubishi Corporation has already purchased 25 percent of the under construction terminal. The construction of the terminal started in the end of 2017. Earlier, for the construction of the terminal, Summit signed a 100 million US dollar turnkey contract with the marine contractor consortium Geocean SAS and MacGregor. Under the contract, the two organisations are working on the design, engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation and testing of the LNG storage and re-gasification terminal in Moheshkhali of Cox’s Bazaar.
Category: Gas
Sustainable electricity connection to every household main challenge
January 8, 2019 Tuesday 6:36 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Terming sustainable electricity connection to every household as the main challenge, Nasrul Hamid, the State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources on Tuesday said he aspires to keep his portfolio at the forefront of Sheikh Hasina’s mantra of nationwide development. He, who for the second time in a row becomes the State Minister of this important arm of the government, was given a reception by the officials from the Power Division and different power generation and distribution companies at Bidyut Bhaban in the capital. It was Nasrul’s first official day as the State Minister. He started the day by visiting and placing wrath at the portrait of Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi 32 and the National Monument in Savar. Addressing the officials present at Bidyut Bhaban, Nasrul said, “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made me the State Minister of again here as she is happy with works we have done in the past five years. We have been able to make electricity available at every corners of the country. Now our challenge is to make it available in every household,” he said. He said, electricity and sustainable energy supply are the main driving force behind an economy. “We have been able to come back in power because we had provided due importance in electricity generation in sourcing energy,” he said. Nasrul asked all the officials related with his ministry to keep up the good work. “We were number one ministry in the last government and we want to stay in the same position this time as well.” Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus said Bangladesh recently has been ranked as the 41st largest economies in the world, up from the 43rd position since the last year. “According to the World Economic Forum, it is well on track to become the 24th largest economy by 2033. If the country aspires to become so, there will be a huge need for development in the power sector,” said Kaikaus. Kaikaus said under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, the country is in the right track of development. “Our ministry, under the guidance of Nasrul Hamid is also in the right track,” he said.
Category: Power
Everyone to have access to electricity by June: Nasrul
January 1, 2019 Tuesday 9:05 PM By UNB
The government is working to bring the whole country under electricity coverage, said State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid on Tuesday. “Everyone will have access to power within the next six months,” he said, a day after the ruling alliance won an overwhelming victory in the national election. “Ninety-two percent people already have access to electricity,” Nasrul told reporters at his ministry. “Our goal will be to provide uninterrupted electricity at an affordable price,” he said. “It’s the government’s biggest challenge.” ‘Power import cheaper’ The state minister said Bangladesh needed $40 billion investment in its power sector to meet its requirement. The government might review the Power System Master Plan 2016 to accommodate more options for the import of electricity from India, Nepal and Bhutan, he said. “Importing power is relatively cheaper than generating it locally,” Nasrul said, without giving details. Bangladesh will also start exporting electricity to Nepal in the next winter when the local demand decreases, he added.
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