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Another 100MW power added to national grid
Bangla Trac Power Unit-2 Ltd’s ongoing power project, built in Noapara, Jashore has successfully added 100MW electricity to national grid on 16 April 2018. Besides, another 200MW power plant of Bangla Trac Power Unit-1 Ltd has been built at Daudkandi, Cumilla, said a press release. Currently, it is running on an experimental basis and soon it will also be able to supply electricity to national power grid. About the work of Bangla Trac Group, to meet the increasing demand of electricity, the company Chairman Mohammad Aminul Haque said, “A  fully dedicated team have been working hard to meet the increasing demand of electricity in Bangladesh for a long time. We are really excited to successfully add 100MW electricity to national grid.” Bangla Trac Group’s Managing Director Tarique Ekramul Haque said, “We are happy to successfully run the Bangla Trac Power Unit-2 Ltd’s power plant. Our goal is to provide electricity to every part of the country and we will be working efficiently to meet the goal.” Bangla Trac Limited is a leading business group in Bangladesh with key interests in infrastructure, power, telecommunications and quick service restaurants.
World Bank to support electricity transmission and renewable energy in Bangladesh
April 17, 2018 Tuesday 6:12 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
World Bank has agreed to support Bangladesh by providing it with $450m to strengthen its electricity transmission network. The project, known as Enhancement and Strengthening of Power Transmission Network in Eastern Region Project will improve reliability of electricity supply and reduce load shedding in the eastern region. It will covering greater Cumilla and Noakhali and part of greater Chittagong, said a press release. Besides, about 275,000 households and 16,000 agricultural consumers are expected to receive new electricity connections. Under the project, 13 new substations will be built while an existing one will be rehabilitated in the country’s eastern part. These new substations will also help to integrate renewable energy and new energy generations to the grid. As per the project, one 230 kV transmission line through greater Cumilla and four short distance 132 kV lines in Cumilla and Noakhali areas will be built. World Bank Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal country director Qimiao Fan said: “In recent years, Bangladesh has significantly increased power generation. That significantly increased power generation requires improvement and expansion of the transmission and distribution system to get to consumers. “By supplying uninterrupted power to the Mirsharai Economic Zone, port, airport or other key economic facilities, the project will help unlock private sector and job growth.” Recently, Bangladesh also secured $55m from the World Bank to expand the use of clean and renewable energy in rural areas where grid electricity cannot reach easily. This is an additional financing to the Second Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development (RERED II) Project. As part of the project, 1000 solar irrigation pumps, 30 solar mini-grids, and about 4 million improved cookstoves in rural areas will be installed. The project is expected to provide 10 million people living in villages, shoals, and islands to access electricity and use energy efficient cookstoves.  Under the project, 10 solar mini-grids have already been built in remote areas, including islands and shoals to provide grid quality electricity.
Category: Power
Govt to import 500MW power from India
April 12, 2018 Thursday 10:58 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government is set to import 500 megawatt electricity on a short and long-term basis from India to meet the growing demand for power in the country. The proposal to import electricity from two Indian companies for Tk 4.71 to Tk 6.54 kW/h has already been approved by the cabinet committee on purchase on Wednesday. The short-term would be from June 2018 to December 31, 2019. Bangladesh will purchase 300MW of electricity from NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) for Tk 4.71 kW/h ($0.0566) and 200MW from PTC India for Tk 4.86 kW/h ($0.0584). The same companies will also provide power over the long-term: from January 1, 2020 to May 31, 2033. Indian company NVVN will supply 300MW at a cost of Tk 6.48 kW/h ($0.0779) and PTC India Ltd will supply 200MW power at a cost of Tk 6.54 kW/h ($0.0786). Bangladesh has been importing 500MW of electricity from the neighbouring country through the inter-connection grid line from 2013. The tenure for the arrangement will end in June. Another 160MW of electricity is being imported from Tripura from March 2016. The cabinet committee on economic affairs held a meeting before the meeting of the purchase committee.   The economic affairs committee approved the import of liquefied natural gas from Oman on a government-to-government basis.
Category: Power
PGCB constructs new grid sub-station at Payra
April 12, 2018 Thursday 8:09 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State-owned Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) will construct a new grid sub-station at Payra in Patuakhali district with a view to evacuating power from under-construction power plant. PGCB secretary Md Ashraf Hossain and Energypac Ltd manager ATM Zakaria signed the deal on behalf of their organisations in Dhaka on Wednesday. The PGCB signed a deal with local EnergyPac Engineering Ltd for construction of 132/11 kV sub-station at Payra, said a press release. The government is implementing a series of power plants and a deep sea port at Payra in Patuakhali. Then, the PGCB will require implementing the sub-station for smooth evacuation of the newly generated electricity. The Energypac will implement the grid sub-station within nine months as per Tk 31.72 crore deal under turn key basis, official said. Payra will receive electricity from 33kV and 11kV Patuakhali grid sub-station. Payra has already started facing overvoltage and technical glitz for receiving electricity from about 45 kilometers away. PGCB managing director Masum-Al-beruni, executive directors Mohammed Safiullah, Chowdhury Alamgir Hossain, Md Amdadul Islam and Md Safayet Hossain, project director Md Anamul Huq and EnergyPac chief executive officer Rabiul Alam attended at the signing function.
Category: Power
PM opens Bheramara 410MW Power Plant
April 12, 2018 Thursday 7:24 PM By BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday opened Bheramara 410MW Combined Cycle Power Plant and cent percent electrification in 15 upazilas renewing her call to the people to be economical in using electricity. The premier inaugurated the power plant and cent percent electrification in 15 upazilas through a videoconferencing from her official Ganabhaban residence here this morning. From the same function, she opened innovative online training platform “Kusholi”. The Bheramara combined cycle duel fuel power plant was constructed at a cost of Tk 3,784.98 crore. Of the amount, the government provided Tk 634.72 crore while the rest came as project assistance. The North-West Power Generation Company Ltd, an organisation of the Power Development Board, implemented the project at Bahirchar in Bheramara upazila of Kushtia. The 15 upazilas brought under 100 percent electrification are Dhamrai of Dhaka, Nikoli of Kishoreganj, Rauzan of Chittagong, Pirganj of Rangpur, Khoksha of Kushtia, Debhata of Satkhira, Rupsha, Fultala and Dighalia of Khulna, Bagatipara of Natore, Bera of Pabna, Bianibazar of Sylhet, Dinajpur Sadar and Birampur of Dinajpur. With these upazilas, cent percent electrification facilities were inaugurated in 51 upazilas of the country. “Kusholi” is a web-based learning management system or software used to plan, implement and assess a specific learning process. It will support Bangladesh’s expanding electricity needs over the next three decades, while anyone can join the training from anywhere in Bangladesh. Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury also spoke on the occasion. Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus made a power point presentation on the past, present and future of the electricity in Bangladesh, while PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman moderated the function. Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid were present.  Besides, chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Tazul Islam, Jatiya Sangsad Whip Atiur Rahman Atiq, the Japanese Charge d’Affaires in Dhaka, parliament members and senior officials of the Prime Minister’s Office were present at the function, among others. Later, the prime minister exchanged views with the cross section of people including government officials, public representatives, teachers, guardians, students, freedom fighters and beneficiaries through the videoconferencing.
Category: Power
Bangladesh urges French help for energy sector
April 10, 2018 Tuesday 10:24 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has sought French cooperation in enhancing the capacity of the energy sector officials, especially in the operation of state-owned refinery being set up in Chattogram. He made the call when French Ambassador in Bangladesh Marie Annick Bourdin met him at his Energy Ministry office on April 8, said a press release. Currently, Techinp, a French company, remained engaged in setting up the second unit of state-owned Eastern Refinery in Chattogram. Besides, French firm Lafarge and other companies have investment in different sectors, including cement and clean energy. Welcoming the French ambassador, Nasrul Hamid said France has been one of the leading development partners of Bangladesh. He said both the nations will be benefited if they work together for different development projects. Both the state minister and the ambassador discussed various issues, including progress on different other projects involving bilateral interests of the two countries. The state minister said both Bangladesh and France have to continue efforts to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries.
Category: Petroleum
ENOC keen to supply LNG to Bangladesh
April 4, 2018 Wednesday 4:33 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
UAE based Emirates National Oil Company Limited (ENOC) has shown expression of interest (EoI) to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Bangladesh, thanks to the country’s growing demand of fossil fuel. Yusr Sultan Al Junaidy, ENOC Managing Director, has recently shown the interest to State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid in this regard. Bangladesh is expected to consume 1000mmcfd of LNG gas in the current year. The energy and mineral resources division has already completed the negotiation with Qatar RajGas to import first installment of LNG late of this month. The Dubai-based ENOC Group comprises more than 30 related subsideries in oil exploration and production, refining, terminalling, downstream marketing, industrial products, lubricants, aviation and LNG trading, according to the EoI submitted to the minister.
Category: Gas
APSCL, Chinese consortium sign 400 MW power plant deal
March 20, 2018 Tuesday 10:40 PM By UNB
State-owned Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd (APSCL) on Tuesday signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with a Chinese consortium to build a 400 MW power plant on its premises. As per the contract, the China National Technical Import and Export Corporation (CNTIC) and China National Corporation for Overseas Economic Cooperation (CCOEC) will supply and construct Ashuganj 400 MW combined cycle (East) project at a contract value of US$ 177.76 million (equivalent to Tk 1,473.82 crore) within next 36 months. Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Islamic Development Bank (IDB) financed the project along with the Bangladesh government with having APSCL’s own funding.  Addressing the contract signing ceremony at Sonargaon Hotel in the city, State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid said the APSCL will float bonds in the local market to mobilise fund from the general public. He said this will provide the local investors to be partners in the government’s company that will ultimately facilitate the company to be more transparent and accountable to spend its money. Bangladesh is going to celebrate its graduation from LDC to developing country where the country’s power sector had a big role in achieving the success, the minister said. The function, with PDB Chairman Khaled Mahmood in the chair, was also addressed by prime minister’s Advisor Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, prime minister’s SDG coordinator Abul Kalam Azad and power division secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus and managing director of APSCL Engr. AMM Sazzadur Rahman.
Category: Power
Summit signs MoU to develop a LNG to power project in Bangladesh
March 13, 2018 Tuesday 10:06 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Summit Power International Pte. Ltd, the largest independent power producer in Bangladesh, announced that Summit Corporation Limited, a subsidiary of Summit Power International along with Summit Holdings Limited, Mitsubishi Corporation and its subsidiary Diamond Gas International Pte Ltd have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a LNG-to-Power project at Matarbari, Moheskhali area in Bangladesh, which is expected to cost up to US$3 billion. The signing of the MoU was witnessed by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang at the Bangladesh-Singapore Business Forum 2018, said a Press release from Summit Power International Pte. Ltd Under the MoU, the parties agreed to develop an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) onshore receiving terminal with a re-gasification capacity of up to 1,500 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd), two units of 1,200 megawatt (MW) gas turbine combined cycle power projects (total of 2,400 MW), relevant high voltage transmission lines and the import of LNG. Muhammed Aziz Khan, Chairman of SPI said: “Summit has a long-established track record of working with world-renowned technical partners including General Electric, Wärtsilä and now Mitsubishi Corporation and Diamond Gas. This MoU will help SPI support Bangladesh’s fast-growing energy, power and technology needs. It will be a strategic fit for SPI to leverage Mitsubishi’s LNG, and LNG-to-Power expertise as well as understanding of Moheskhali and Bangladesh’s power needs. The two groups are well-positioned to uniquely benefit from opportunities arising from the Bangladesh government’s move to raise LNG imports to meet the country’s domestic natural gas shortfall and expand the country’s power generation capacity.”
Category: Gas
‘Explore more wells at Bhola’
March 4, 2018 Sunday 6:47 AM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Energy expert Professor Badrul Imam on Saturday advised to dig more exploratory wells in near the newly discovered gas fields at Bhola. Imam was speaking at the Seminar titled “Bhola Gas Fields and Energy Security” organised by the Forum for Energy Reporters of Bangladesh (FERB) at the Dhaka Club in Dhaka. Previously, he said, almost of the gas fields of the country were discovered in the Surma Basin. “After gas fields were discovered in Bhola, it is now assumed that the Meghna Basin at the southern part of the country has large gas reserve too,” added Prof Imam, who is a Professor at the Geology department in Dhaka University. He asked for conducting exploration at Char Jabbar, Char Jabbar North and Monpura area near the existing two gas fields—Shahbajpur and Bhola North—of Bhola. Prof Imam believes Maheshkhali and Swandip—two islands at the Southern tip—might have gas too. “Bangladesh is neither floating on gas not it has run out of it. I believe, there are still scopes of finding more large gas fields. But we need to conduct appropriate explorations for it,” he said. Dr Imam however believes that the lack of true interest and endeavor has made these explorations still an unattempt task. He said without exploration and eventual discovery of new gas fields, the looming energy crisis of the country could not be mitigated only by import of energy alternatives. Dr Tawfique-E-Elahi Chowdhury, Energy Advisor of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who was the chief guest at the program said, he hoped a total of 1.5 trillion cubic feet (TCF) will be added at the national grid from the gas fields of Bhola. He informed that the government has taken an attempt to construct gas pipeline with which it could bring gas from Bhola to Khulna and Barishal in the mainland. The Advisor also hoped that a 600 MW power plant could be constructed with the gas found in the gas fields in Bhola. “The electricity produced from it could be added to the national power grid.” Dr Elahi stressed on digging more wells in the existing gas fields of the country. “We need fresh assessment of our gas fields. This will beget a scope of finding more gas. We have past examples of finding more gas after re-assessment.” He informed that to mitigate the existing crisis of gas, more explorations are planned. “The government has also taken multiple plans for LNG import.” Surgey Tumanov, managing director of Gazprom EP International BV, Amzad Hossain, former managing director of Bapex, Kazi Matin Uddin Ahmed, Chairman of Geology department of Dhaka University and SM Maqsud Kamal, president of the DU Teachers Association were present at the seminar among others.        
Category: Gas
Govt to build 150 MW plant for Mirsarai Economic Zone
February 10, 2018 Saturday 5:24 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government will build a 150 megawatt (MW) dedicated power plant for Mirsarai Economic Zone to supply electricity to the industrial units to be set up there. BR Powergen Ltd, a joint venture (JV) of the two state-owned power companies - Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Rural Power Company Ltd (RPCL), will build the power plant at Economic Zone. BR Powergen Ltd inked an engineering, procuring and construction agreement (EPC) with Chinese firm Sinohydro Corporation Ltd at Biduyt Bhaban in the city on February 5, 2018 to implement the power plant project. Md Abdus Sabur, managing director of BR Powergen Ltd and Zhao Qiming, Managing Director of Sinohydro Corporation Ltd signed the agreement on behalf of their organization. Sinohydro will install the power plant as the EPC contractor within the next 15 months at a contract value of US$107 million (Tk 8.90 billion). The deal signing ceremony was also addressed by Power Division secretary Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus, Executive Member (Planning and Development) of Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) M Emdadul Haque, BPDB chairman Khaled Mahmood, Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) chairman Major General (retd) Moin Uddin and BR Powergen Ltd managing director Md Abdus Sabur.  
Category: Power
BGFCL earns net profit before tax Tk 392 crore in FY 2016-17
February 10, 2018 Saturday 5:01 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The 62nd annual general meeting of Bangladesh Gas Fields Company Limited (BGFCL) held on February 09, 2018 at Head office in Brahmanbaria. Nazimuddin Chowdhury, Chairman of BGFCL Board and Secretary of Energy and Mineral Resources Division presided over the meeting, said a press release. BGFCL is the largest state-owned natural gas producing company. The company has an important role to meet-up the country`s energy needs by producing natural gas and processing its by-product condensate into diesel and petrol. After the independence of Bangladesh through the liberation war, the great architect of independence, the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman purchased five gas fields of the then Shell Oil Company namely Titas, Habiganj, Bakhrabad, Rashidpur and Kailashtila at a minimal cost and brought them under state ownership on August 09, 1975. Afterwards, the then Shell Oil Company was renamed as Bangladesh Gas Fields Company Limited (BGFCL) on September 12, 1975. Out of these 5 gas fields, 3 fields: Titas, Habiganj and Bakhrabad and subsequently entrusted another 3 gas fields: Narsingdi, Meghna and Kamta are being operated by BGFCL. BGFCL produces approximately 850 million cubic feet gas daily while total gas production of the country is approximately 2740 million cubic feet per day. It is about 31% of country’s total gas production and about 78% of the production of state-owned companies. Gas is being produced from the 42 wells of 5 fields out of 52 wells of BGFCL’s 6 fields. In the year 2016-2017, the company has produced a total of 301,323.293 million cubic feet of gas at an average daily production of 825.543 million cubic feet. Besides, 28,289,120 liters or 177,919 bbls of condensate also was produced with the gas as by-product. This condensate and some other condensate purchased from SGFL, BAPEX and Tullow, an IOC company, is being fractionated through fractionation plants of Titas and Bakhrabad fields. Fractionated products, MS (Petrol) and HSD (Diesel) are regularly being supplied to national oil companies for marketing. Total recoverable gas reserve in 6 fields of the company is about 12,252,000 million cubic feet, out of that 7,728,392.895 million cubic feet or about 63.08 percent gas has been extracted till June 30, 2017.  During the financial year 2016-2017, company`s gross revenue income stands at Tk. 3,729.24 crore and earned a pre-tax profit of Tk. 392.78 crore. The company has paid TK. 3,225.17 crore to the national exchequer in the form of SD and VAT, DSL, dividend and AIT at source in this year. Considering its’ financial contribution to the national exchequer, National Board of Revenue (NBR) has rewarded BGFCL for third time as the highest value added tax payer company of the country for the financial years 2015-2016. In this fiscal year, the company has carried out various development projects on ADB, Government of Bangladesh and JICA financing for drilling of new wells, workover/recompletion of existing wells and installation of compressors. Under these projects, drilling of one well at Bakhrabad field, drilling of four nos. appraisal cum development wells at Titas Field and workover of six wells have been completed and the company has able to add 92 MMCF of gas in the national grid. Besides, 3 booster compressors has been installed at Bakhrabad gas field in order to continue uninterrupted gas supply from this field. At present, projects for workover of seven nos. wells at different fields and installation of compressor at Titas location ‘C’ and Narsindi gas field and at Titas location-A is in progress. Chairman of BGFCL Board remarked that, being associated with the goal of the present government to have a developed Bangladesh, we must work hard and have to face all the challenges with courage and skill. It is expected that the company can enormously contribute to the national development if it becomes self-reliant and financially solvent equipped with proper training and technology. He thanked company’s officers and employees for their relentless efforts and hard work for the company. He also expressed the hope that shareholders, the Board of Directors, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning, National Board of Revenue, Petrobangla, Gas Transmission and Distribution Companies, foreign donors and other concerned organizations will continue their assistance and cordial support to uphold company`s challenges and success in future.     
Category: Gas
Survey finds 87% consumers satisfied with power supply
January 23, 2018 Tuesday 11:45 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Around 87 percent people are satisfied with the power supply situation in the country, according to a survey conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). BBS in association with Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (BEPRC) conducted the survey on 19,600 mobile phone users during the period between October 2016 and February 2017 to cover winter and summer both. The findings of the survey were released at a press briefing at the Bidyut Bhaban on Monday. BBS director CS Roy presented the report while State Minister for power Nasrul Hamid, EPRC Chairman Shahin Ahmed Chowdhury and BPDB chairman Khaled Mahmud were present on the occasion. Also, almost 80 percent of the people have confidence in power system development plan undertaken by the government, finds the survey. According to the survey, 11 per cent of the respondents said they do not have access to electricity while 7.6 per cent said they get electricity from solar panel. Besides, 82 per cent of the respondents said they are connected with the national grid. Some 19,600 cell phone users -- 73.6 per cent from rural areas and 17.9 per cent from urban areas-- finally took part in the survey. According to the survey, 8.5 per cent of the respondents are engaged in industrial production, 12.2 per cent in irrigation and 24.9 per cent in business while 54.3 per cent do not have any economic activities. Some 13.1 per cent of the respondents said they are not satisfied with electricity service they get. The rest 45.8 per cent said they are satisfied, 11.2 per cent are very satisfied and 29.9 per cent are moderately satisfied. The survey said 12.1 per cent of the respondents use electricity for cooking. Most of power consumers live in city corporation and municipality areas while only 7 per cent live in rural areas. The survey said 79.7 per cent of the respondents have trust in future programmes of the government in power sector while 5.6 per cent shows distrust and rest 14.7 per cent are not sure about the programmes. Speaking at the programme, Prime Minister`s energy adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said 90 per cent people in the country accessed to electricity in last nine years. He said though the government covered 90 per cent area of the country with electricity, but the quality of electricity supply was not ensured. "Now we will give more attention to the quality of electricity supply," he said. Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus said 4,427 MW electricity will be added to the national grid in the fiscal year 2018-19. In May 2016, Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (BEPRC) and Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct the opinion survey.    
Category: Power
New gas reserve found in Bhola
January 16, 2018 Tuesday 10:58 AM By BSS
State-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company (Bapex) has discovered a new reserve of a significant amount of natural gas in Bhola, a district of the country`s southern region. The new gas reserve, which is found in Bheduria union of Bhola district, is estimated to have 600 billion cubic feet (bcf) natural gas. "With this reservoir, the total gas reserve in Bhola now stands at 1.5 trillion cubic feet (tcf)", Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam told a press briefing following the weekly meeting of the cabinet held at Prime Minister`s Office (PMO) with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair on Monday. The Cabinet Secretary said Bapex hoped getting more gas in the district, with carrying out more exploration work there. According to Petrobangla, the country has 26 gas fields with remaining reserve of 13.60 tcf as of January 2016. The new gas field in Bhola will be the country`s 27th gas reserve.
Category: Gas
Summit Power International awards 15-year contract to PSA Marine for an LNG Terminal
January 5, 2018 Friday 6:40 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Summit Power International Pte. Ltd, Singapore, on Friday announced that its subsidiary, Summit LNG Terminal Co. (Pvt) Limited has awarded a 15-year contract to PSA Marine Bangladesh Pte. Ltd, a subsidiary of PSA Marine (Pte) Ltd. Under the contract, PSA Marine Bangladesh will provide berthing, mooring, pilot and personnel transfer services to LNG ships calling at Summit LNG FSRU terminal, with its three escort tugboats, one fast crew boat and one offshore supply vessel, said a press release. The award of this contract marks a significant milestone for PSA Marine and commencement of a long-term partnership with SPI. Together with Summit LNG, PSA Marine Bangladesh targets to commence operations in early 2019. Peter Chew, Managing Director of PSA Marine said, “We have an excellent track record of providing towage services to LNG terminals, be it at the Singapore LNG terminal in Jurong Island or the Oman LNG terminal at Sur. We are honored to work alongside Summit Power International and this win is a vote of confidence for our standing and capability as the preferred marine services partner for LNG terminals.” Muhammed Aziz Khan, Chairman of SPI said, “Summit is the largest physical infrastructure company in Bangladesh generating 1,500 MW of electricity, 1,000 MW under construction and 2,400 MW under development. Bangladesh requires 15 million tons of LNG and Summit will provide infrastructure for that. For our first project of LNG, we are pleased to bring on board PSA Marine, a pre-eminent marine services provider, to support our venture to develop region’s fast growing LNG market. Summit Power has an excellent track record in working with world leading corporations to deliver the high standard projects and PSA Marine’s best-in-class services are a natural fit with our operational philosophy.” In 2017, Summit LNG has received a concession from Petrobangla, Bangladesh’s state-owned company, to develop a floating LNG terminal facility comprising of a storage and regasification unit connected to shore by a six-kilometre subsea pipeline, on a build, own, operate, transfer basis in Moheskhali, Cox’s Bazar to supply approximately 500 million cubic feet per day of natural gas to the national grid. This project is part of SPI’s US$ 1 billion investment programme to deliver 1,000 MW of power and gas in Bangladesh.
Category: Gas
DPDC pre-paid consumers to get recharge from Grameen Phone
January 5, 2018 Friday 6:26 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State-owned Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC) signed an agreement with mobile phone operator Grameen Phone (GP) for vending its pre-paid meter. Company Secretary of DPDC Jayanta Kumar Sikder and Head of Financial Services of GP Rasheda Sultana signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations at DPDC conference room in Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka on December 31, 2017. DPDC consumers will be able to visit Grameen Phone authorised agent points with pre-paid meter smart card and recharge their smart card. Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Managing Director of DPDC Engineer Bikash Dewan and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of GP Mahmud Hossain were present at the signing ceremony. Power Division secretary Ahmad Kaikaus said that the power division planned to offer the technological advantages for recharging cards for ensuring hassle-free use of prepaid electricity meters across the country. DPDC Managing Director Bikash Dewan said that the service would offer more comfort to the prepaid electricity meter users as the GP service would run parallel to the DPDC’s current vending service. Initially, the vending service at retail shops will be available for the prepaid electricity consumers living in Lalbagh and Azimpur areas in Dhaka city while the service will be available in a month in the entire distribution area of the DPDC.
Category: Power
Move underway to create 9,000 MW power generation hub at Payra
December 25, 2017 Monday 1:49 PM By UNB
A move is underway to create a 9,000 MW power generation hub at Payra area of Patuakhali in the southwestern region of Bangladesh. Disclosing the plan, State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid said Payra will be another power hub like the two others being created in Maheshkhali and Matarbari in Chittagong in the eastern region of Bangladesh. “We’ve drawn up the plan for Payra power hub considering the uplifting of the country’s southern region, which remained under-developed compared to other regions of the country,” he told reporters while visiting the construction site of a 1320 MW power plant, now being installed in the area. The state-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL) is installing the 1320 MW coal-based power plant in joint venture with Chinese state owned company CMC (China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation). First unit of the plant, having two units of each 660 MW, is expected to come into commercial operation in April 2019 and second unit in October of the same year, said A M Khurshedul Alam, managing director of the NWPGCL. The state minister visited the plant site on Friday along with a group of journalists from Dhaka. NWPGCL and Forum for Energy Reporters Bangladesh (FERB) jointly organised the tour. NWPGCL officials informed that the construction works is now going on in full swing keeping in mind the timely completion of the project. Nasrul Hamid said about $160 billion is being spent for the project of which 80 percent is debt and 20 percent is equity investment by the Bangladesh side and Chinese side where each has 50% share. He said the proposed 9000 MW power hub will require about $12 billion investment where NWPGCL will implement some projects having total 6000 MW capacity. The remaining 3000 MW will come from investment by some other state-owned companies like RPCL and APSCL. The State Minister said the plant will use coal coming from Indonesia and Australia and the coal will be utilised in a process so that it would not create any pollution in the area. “This will be an absolutely cleanest power plant as coal will be stored in a covered area,” he said. The coal will be unloaded in the power plant’s own jetty and directly come to the plant through conveyer belt.  He also informed that the Payra will have not only coal-fired plants. Rather, it will have solar power and LNG-based power generation projects as well. Officials said NWPGCL will implement a 100 MW solar and 50 MW wind power project projects. The NWPGCL and CMC have formed a joint venture company— Bangladesh-China Power Company (Pvt) Limited (BCPCL) to implement the 1320 MW plant. It has already appointed a China-based consortium of NEPC and CECC as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor to install the project. An official of the Chinese consortium Zhu Yue Yong noted that about 6000 workers now remained engaged to set up the projects where 1500 are Chinese and 4500 are local Bangladeshis and so far 37 percent of the construction works were completed. He informed that they have completed the pilling works and now the boiler house is being built. Afterwards, the turbine and generator will be installed phase by phase.     
Category: Power
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LAUGFS Gas celebrates two years in Bangladesh
‘Nasrul visits Dighipara coal mine site to observe feasibility study program’
Chevron not winding up business in Bangladesh
Bapex discovers 700bn cubic feet of new gas reserve in Bhola
NESCO proposes 15.30% retail power price hike
Public hearing on bulk power tariff reduction Thursday
BPDB seeks 14.74% hike; regulator’s technical body recommends 11.78%
Public hearing on power price change starts Sept 25
India collaborating with Russia for nuclear power plant in Bangladesh
Wärtsilä to supply 220 MW power plant to Bangladesh`s Orion Group
EPC deal signed to build 150 MW power plant in Ashuganj
United Group wins 200 MW power plant in Mymensingh
Petrobangla inks MoU with Gunvor for LNG supply
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