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Bangladesh, ENOC agree to feasibility study for LPG terminal
Bangladesh and Dubai-based Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) agreed on Thursday to conduct a feasibility study on setting up a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminal in the country, a Dhaka-based official said. “Today we held talks with the ENOC delegation and decided to conduct a feasibility study for a joint venture project to build an LPG terminal,” said Sayed Mohammad Mozammel Haque, a director of state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation. “This is a positive step. After the study, we will finalise the capacity for the terminal and other related things,” he told Reuters after the meeting in Dhaka. Bangladesh currently imports LPG mostly from Oman and Qatar, Haque said. Transport costs for LPG are now about $100 per tonne but once the terminal is built that cost could fall to $30 as it will allow big ships to anchor, which would translate into a 10 percent lower price for end-users, he said. The LPG terminal could be built at Matarbari on Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal, where the country’s first deep-sea port will be built, the official said. A shortfall in supplies of natural gas has prompted the government to encourage the use of LPG for households. LPG, a mixture of propane and butane, can be used for cooking and transport, as well as in the petrochemical industry. Bangladesh’s demand for LPG now stands at 1 million tonnes against a supply of 600,000 tonnes, the official said, adding the demand could go up to 2 million tonnes by 2022 as it will be a key source for cooking gas in Bangladeshi households. The south Asian country has also turned to liquefied natural gas to offset falling domestic gas output to feed industrial demand and electricity generation in the nation of 160 million people.
Bangladesh tenders for 1.425m tonnes of oil products
October 17, 2018 Wednesday 12:16 PM By Reuters
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) issued an international tender on Tuesday to import up to 1.425 million tonnes of refined oil products in the first half of 2019, according to a tender document from the company. The state-owned company is seeking 1.06 million tonnes to 1.18 million tonnes of gasoil with a sulphur content of 500 parts per million, 80,000 to 120,000 tonnes of 180-centistoke high-sulphur fuel oil, 110,000 tonnes of jet fuel and 15,000 tonnes of 95-octane gasoline. The tender closes on October 25 and is valid up to February 25, 2019. Delivery will be carried out in phases over the first half of 2019, a senior BPC official said. Some volumes will also be imported through separate term deals, he told Reuters, without giving details. BPC resumed issuing tenders for long-term contracts in February 2016 after a 15-year hiatus, during which it negotiated directly with suppliers of fuel products. The company wants to move away from direct deals and instead buy at cheaper rates through international tenders. A shortfall in supplies of natural gas has forced the South Asian country to burn oil, a costlier option, to generate electricity. Bangladesh typically imports about 3.2 million tonnes of diesel and 2.5 million tonnes of fuel oil annually, making it one of the top 10 such importers in the region. Currently, BPC has term contracts with eight companies for refined oil product imports. Suppliers for Bangladesh’s middle distillates contracts include Kuwait Petroleum Corp, Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd, Emirates National Oil Co, Philippines National Oil Co, Indonesia’s Bumi Siak Pusako and PetroChina. Bangladesh has also signed a 15-year deal with India’s Numaligarh refinery to supply diesel, its first long-term contract with any Indian supplier. BPC also buys 700,000 tonnes of Murban crude from Abu Dhabi National Oil Co annually and another 700,000 tonnes of Arab Light from Saudi Aramco for its only refinery. Bangladesh started operations at the country’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in August, to offset falling domestic gas production.
Category: Petroleum
No gas price hike for now: BERC
October 16, 2018 Tuesday 8:15 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) on Tuesday declared of not increasing gas prices, announced to subsidize around Tk 3,100 crore in the ongoing fiscal to maintain the status quo. The watchdog body announced its decision at a press conference at the commission office in Dhaka. In a packed hearing room of the BERC office in Karwanbazar, the declaration came amidst surprise; while many terming it a populist move by the government ahead of the election at yearend. BERC Chairman Monowar Islam was present at the press conference also attended by BERC members Rahman Murshed, Md Mahmudul Haq Bhuiyan, Md Abdul Aziz Khan and Md Mizanur Rahman. When asked whether upcoming election has played any part, Monowar Islam said, “We are not Election Commission and we did not think of election while adjusting the gas price.” “The decision was taken basing on the proposals that we receive from the gas transmission and distribution companies and our own methodologies,” he added. The BERC Chairman said the gas price hike proposals from the gas distribution and transmission companies were on the regulator’s chalkboard as liquefied natural gas (LNG) was supposed to be blend with the piped gas—because of which the average price of gas should have been hiked. “It was assumed by the companies that around 1,000 mmcfd LNG was going to be added. But in reality, after much dilly-dallying, less than 300 mmcfd LNG has so far been added. So we did not feel the necessity of hiking the price,” he said. Monowar said, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) decision of withdrawing all import supplementary and customs duties and advance trade VAT (ATV) on LNG also helped them to take the decision of keeping the gas price unchanged. The NBR move implies that 5 percent customs duty and 5 percent advance trade VAT alongside a 93.24 percent SD on LNG is no longer applicable. “So such move by the exchequer has offset the price adjustment needed to minimize the subsidy,” said Monowar. “In simpler words, the average unit price of gas is now Tk 7.19 and we needed to increase Tk 1.46 if those taxes and duties were not waved on LNG by the NBR,” Monowar said adding that a total of Tk 3,100 crore will have to be given as subsidy in the ongoing fiscal now. According to the latest circular issued by the BERC, the industry, captive power, tea-garden, commercial and household subscribers of gas now have to give two months and four months of security deposit instead of three and six. The captive, industry and tea-garden now has to give one-third security deposit in cash instead of 50 percent and 50 percent bank guarantee instead of two-third. In case of pre-paid meter, no security deposit will be needed.  Earlier, all the seven state-owned downstream entities in gas sector - six distribution companies, one transmission company - had appealed to the BERC seeking an average 75 per cent hike on the existing gas prices for different consumer groups except the household and commercial ones. The upward price revision was sought for industrial consumers, power plants, fertilizer factories, captive power plants, and CNG refueling stations. The distribution companies are Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited, Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Limited, Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution System Limited, Pashchimanchal Gas Company Limited, Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited and Sundarbans Gas Company Limited. While participating in the hearing, the gas entities argued that as per the government decision they had to submit their respective price hike proposals because of the high import cost of LNG as it will push up their cost substantially. The Petrobangla started supplying the imported LNG to national gas network from August 18 through re-gasification by private sector-operated floating storage and re-gasification unit. Officials said currently 300 mmcfd gas is being supplied from LNG and it will go up to 500 mmcfd in a month or two and then 1000 mmcfd gas will be flowed from next year as per a government plan.  
Category: Gas
PTC sings $1.8 billion power supply deal with Bangladesh
October 12, 2018 Friday 11:31 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Power trading solution provider PTC India said Wednesday it has signed two new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for supplying 200 MW power to that country. PTC India is already supplying 290 MW power to Bangladesh and signed Tuesday two new agreements for 200 MW on short and long-term basis for 15 years, a PTC statement said. The short-term power for 200 MW is from power pool of West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (WBSEDCL). The long-term power will be supplied through imported coal project of Meenakshi Energy Ltd, according to a report by The Economic Times. With this new addition in cross-border supply, PTC will add more than 1.5 billion units to its existing portfolio of 7 billion units power supply to neighbouring countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal), it added. The transaction is expected to give export earning of US $ 1.8 billion over its contract period. Deepak Amitabh, chairman and managing director, PTC India, said in the statement, “This transaction is another step towards a regional market for power that will aid closer cooperation among our neighbours for energy security.”  
Category: Power
Bangladesh to hold talks with ENOC for LPG terminal
October 3, 2018 Wednesday 10:10 AM By Reuters
Bangladesh will hold talks with Dubai-based Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) to set up an liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminal in the country, a Dhaka-based official said on Tuesday. “ENOC has sent us a proposal for a joint venture project to build an LPG terminal,” said Sayed Mohammad Mozammel Haque, a director of state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation. “We have invited them for detailed discussions in our office in Dhaka. They are supposed to come on October 11,” he told Reuters, adding the capacity for the terminal and all other details will be discussed during the meeting. Bangladesh currently imports LPG mostly from Oman and Qatar, Haque said. Transport costs for LPG are now about $100 per tonne but once the terminal is built that cost could fall to $30 as it will allow big ships to anchor, which would translate into a 10 percent lower price for end-users, he said. The LPG terminal could be built at Matarbari on Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal, where the country’s first deep-sea port will be built here, the official said. The government is encouraging the use of LPG for households to cope with a shortfall in supplies of natural gas. LPG, a mixture of propane and butane, can be used for cooking and transport, as well as in the petrochemical industry. Bangladesh’s demand for LPG now stands at 1 million tonnes against a supply of 600,000 tonnes, the official said, adding the demand could go up to 2 million tonnes by 2022 as it will be a key source for cooking gas in Bangladeshi households. The south Asian country has also turned to liquefied natural gas to offset falling domestic gas output to feed industrial demand and electricity generation in the nation of 160 million people.
Category: LPG
Import duties on LNG withdrawn
October 2, 2018 Tuesday 9:07 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
In a major move for the energy sector, the government has withdrawn all kinds of import duties imposed on the liquefied natural gas (LNG). The Internal Resources Department (IRD) under the Finance Ministry issued a circular in this regard on September 30, saying that the order went in effect from September 18. An official of Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, widely dubbed as Petrobangla, expected the government move to reduce the import costs on the super-chilled fuel item. Another circular could be published in a day of two, only to announce the withdrawal of supplementary duties, sources said. However, the current ceiling of value added tax (VAT) and advance income tax (AIT) will remain unchanged. Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is likely to announce newly fixed prices of gas by the current week soon after the circular is issued. A member of the energy regulatory body said there will be a gas price hike for consumers from all sectors other than the domestic and commercial ones—a move meant for adjusting the costs of expensive imported LNG costs.  
Category: Gas
PGCB signs deal to upgrade Aminbazar grid sub-station
October 1, 2018 Monday 11:54 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The state-owned Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) signed a Tk 164 crore deal with a Korean company to upgrade the Aminbazar grid sub-station with a view to improving the power supply situation from Payra of Patuakhali to Aminbazar in Dhaka. PGCB company secretary Md Ashraf Hossain and Hyosung Corporation team manager Eun Sung Lee signed a deal in this regard on behalf of their respective organisations at PGCB office on Sunday. Under the project, the PGCB will convert the Aminbazar 230/132kV grid sub-station into a 400/230 kV one in order to strengthen its capacity. Upgrading of the grid sub-station will help supply of electricity from 1,320MW and 3,000MW Payra power plants and 1,320MW Rampal power plant through Gopalganj. The project will also help improve capacity to supply electricity at 400 kV gridline at Meghnaghat. Under the deal, the Korean firm Hyosung Corporation will complete the project on turn-key basis. The signing programme was attended, among others, by PGCB Executive Director (O&M) Md Emdadul Islam, Chief Engineer (P&D) Pranab Kumar Roy, Chief Engineer (Project Monitoring) Arun Kumar Shah, Superintendent Engineer Abdur Rashid Khan and General Manager Abul Khair.
Category: Power
Plan to extend power transmission lines to 36,870 kms by 2041
September 29, 2018 Saturday 7:04 PM By UNB
The government has planned to extend the power transmission lines to 36,870 kms cross the country by 2041 when the country will produce 60,000 MW of electricity. Of the total grid transmission lines, 16,655 kms will be of 132 kV while 9,717 kms of 230 kV, 1,740 kms of 400 kV and 796 kms of 765 kV, according to officials at the Power Division. According to the Power Cell statistics, the total length of transmission lines at present are 11,123 kms covering all over Bangladesh. Of this, 132 kV transmission lines are 7,082 kms while 230 kV 3,343 kms and 400 kV lines are 698 kms. Until now, there is no 765 kV line anywhere in the country. Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain said the government has now been putting additional focus on developing the transmission sector following increase in the power generation. The country’s power generation capacity crossed the landmark of 20,000 MW recently while highest power generation was recorded at 11,623 MW on September 19. But still many areas of the country, especially rural ones, have to face blackout and frequent power disruption because of weakness in transmission and distribution systems. The government’s fund crisis is mainly blamed for the lack of expected advancement of the transmission sector. Admitting the weakness and the cash crunch, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid recently urged the private sector investors to invest in the power transmission business. He said the country will require $80 billion for the development of the country’s power sector by 2041 of which a major portion will be required for the transmission sector. “The country has so far received about $14-billion investment in the power sector of which a major part came from local and foreign direct investment (FDI) under private sector power generation policy,” he said, adding that now the government wants the private sector to invest in the transmission sector. Of the total power generation, some 8,845 MW of electricity is developed by public sector while 6,897 MW by the private sector and 1,160 MW of electricity is being imported from India, reveals Power Cell statistics. The remaining 2,800 MW of power is being generated by captive operators in the industrial sector while 250 MW generated from renewable energy. Many experts believe the country will not be able to provide reliable and quality power supply until the transmission system is developed to a certain mark.  
Category: Power
Russian bloggers visit Rooppur nuclear power plant
September 29, 2018 Saturday 5:53 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Russian bloggers as part of their eight-day tour to Bangladesh visited the under construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant at Ishwardi of Pabna on Thursday. To project Bangladesh, its tourism potentials in Russia and to impart a new dimension in bilateral relations their Bloggers’ trip is organised by ASE Group of Companies, an engineering division of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, responsible for the construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, said a press release. The Bloggers were warmly welcomed by the Russian and Bangladeshi staff working there. They were taken around different facilities of units 1 and 2 of and briefed on future implementation plan of the project. “The visit by the top Russian Bloggers is a testament of our commitment to friendly Bangladesh. We are happy to somehow be a part of country’s rapid socio-economic development,” said Alexander Khazin, Senior Vice President for International Project of ASE Group of Companies. “While Bangladesh aims to become a developed country by 2041, demand for green and clean energy is estimated to rise manifold. I firmly believe that Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will play a significant role in meeting that demand.” The bloggers group includes Oleg Cricket (Instagram: @olegcricket), Dmitry Lazykin (Instagram: @dimalazykin), Irina Goldman (Instagram: @veryire) and Nikita Teterev (Instagram: @nikita_teterev) together they have more than 16 lakh followers on the Instagram. The bloggers are traveling around various tourist attractions and getting acquainted with the people and their traditional lifestyle, culture and sharing their first-hand experience in their respective blogs.  After visiting the Rooppur project site, Oleg Cricket, one of the most popular Russian Bloggers with nearly one million followers on Instagram said. “Work is booming at the site and the working atmosphere is just fantastic. It is amazing to see how the Russian and Bangladeshi are working hand to hand in constructing the Bangladesh’s first ever Nuclear Power Plant.” “As elsewhere this nuclear power plant will boost local socio-economic development, without harming the wonderful nature of the Pabna district.” “I am thoroughly enjoying my trip to Bangladesh. The country has so many things to offer to Russian tourists, with its unexplored natural beauty. unique culture and lifestyle.” said Irina Goldman, former Editor of the famous magazine- Cosmopolitan who is traveling with her pet dog Space. “In my eyes Rooppur project is a bright symbol of friendly co-operation between our countries. I am really happy to be able to visit the project site.” The Bloggers have already visited Dhaka,Tangail, Mahasthangarh, Pabna and at the moment they are in Khulna. Further program includes visit of Bagerhat, Sundarbans, Chattogram, Bandarban, among  other places. Rooppur Nuclear Power project will have two units each of 1,200 MW capacity. The plant will be equipped with the generation 3+ Russian VVER reactors, that fully meet the IAEA`s latest safety requirements. The project is being implemented by ASE Group of Companies as the General Contractor under supervision of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).    
Category: Nuclear
Bangladesh-India joint steering committee on power meets in Sylhet
September 25, 2018 Tuesday 6:50 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The 15th meeting of Bangladesh-India joint steering committee on power sector was held at a hotel in Sylhet on Tuesday. Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus led the Bangladesh side while Indian Power Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla led the Indian side in the meeting, according to a press release from Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources. In the meeting, they discussed the existing cooperation in power sector between the two countries, including exporting power from Bangladesh to India in future, power import through interconnection from Tripura to Bheramara, the progress of importing 250 megawatt (MW) electricity through interconnection at Bheramara under a long-term agreement and importing additional 500 MW power by constructing HVDC 2nd block. They also held discussions on importing more 340 MW electricity through Surjyamani-Cumilla North Link under government to government from NTPC power centers, proposed Katihar-Parbatipur-Barapukuria-Boranagar 765 kV grid interconnection and to construct back to back HVDC sub-station at Cumilla aiming to import more power through Baharampur-Bheramar 400 kV 2nd transmission line and Surjyamani-Cumilla North Link. The meeting discussed about waving all types of CD, Tax and VAT on the import of power from India, the release added. It also discussed the progress of the construction work of Maitree Super Tarmal Power Poroject at Rampal, it said.
Category: Power
Chattogram LNG supply rises as RasGas vessel docks
September 24, 2018 Monday 1:54 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) supply to the port city of Chattogram increased again to around 300 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) from Sunday. A senior official of State-owned gas Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd (KGDCL) said Gas supply in Chattogram fell to around 200 mmcfd until Wednesday afternoon and then it dropped to around 100 mmcfd on Thursday and continued until Saturday afternoon. KGDCL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petrobangla, is responsible for supplying natural gas to the port city of Chattogram. RasGas’s LNG-carrying vessel finally docked at Moheshkhali’s floating LNG import terminal on Saturday after a three-day struggle due to rough sea, said a senior Petrobangla official. The second commercial LNG vessel carried around 140,000 cubic metres of LNG to the floating LNG terminal on September 19 and was supposed to dock by September 20 and initiate re-gasifying LNG. The state-run corporation had to count losses as it would have to pay full charge for re-gasifying 500 mmcfd of gas, no matter it re-gasifies less or the maximum of its capacity.  
Category: Gas
Announcement of gas price hike ‘this week’
September 23, 2018 Sunday 7:39 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
A fresh hike in gas prices is likely to be announced this week, said an official of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC). The increased prices will come into effect from next month, he added. Due to high import cost of liquefied natural gas (LNG), the BERC is all set to hike gas prices. However, residential and commercial consumers will be spared from paying higher prices. The upward price revision will affect industrial consumers, power plants, fertilizer factories, captive power plants, and CNG refueling stations. The move comes at a time when the government started supplying high-cost imported LNG in national gas network to supplement to locally produced gas since August this year. Per unit (thousand cubic feet or mcf) LNG costs US$11 as against locally produced gas price of only US$ 2.9 per unit. Official sources in BERC said that after examining all the pros and cons of the gas price hike proposals placed by different government entities, the regulatory body is now fully prepared to announce its decision anytime. Officials said currently 300 mmcfd gas is being supplied from LNG and it will go up to 500 mmcfd in a month or two and then 1000 mmcfd gas will be flowed from next year as per a government plan.
Category: Gas
Hasina, Modi inaugurate construction of 130km cross-border oil pipeline
September 18, 2018 Tuesday 10:56 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were jointly inaugurating the construction of 130-km Bangladesh-India Friendship Pipeline between Siliguri in West Bengal and Parbatipur in Dinajpur on Tuesday. They opened the work on the oil pipeline through videoconferencing. Sheikh Hasina attended the videoconference from her official residence Ganobhaban while Narendra Modi from his office in New Delhi, according to a report of UNB. About the pipeline, the Prime Minister said the 130-km India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline from Shiliguri to Parbatipur in Bangladesh is a new milestone in the history of cooperation between the two countries. “This will be the first such pipeline through which refined diesel will be supplied to Parbatipur depot from Numaligarh of Assam in India,” she said. The Prime Minister mentioned that Bangladesh will initially receive 2.5 lakh tonnes of diesel per annum and it will gradually be increased to 4 lakh tonnes. She also said the first consignment of diesel from India reached Bangladesh in March 2016 through rail wagons. Hasina expressed her gratitude to her Indian counterpart for his active role in implementing these projects. Referring to her inauguration together with Modi of the supply of 500MW electricity and two railway projects on September 10 and today’s joint projects, the Prime Minister said, “This intermittent contact between us, I believe, will further cement the ties of cooperation between Bangladesh and India.” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the two countries implemented a number of projects within a short time which are the symbols of good relations between the two countries. Modi said these projects have initiated a new chapter in the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India. “It’ll play a significant role in Bangladesh`s development as fuel oil could be supplied to the northern region at a low cost,” he said. Currently, imported oil is stored in Chattogram depot after unloading it from the ship at Chattogram Port. Later, the oil is brought to Khulna Doulatpur depot through coastal tanks and carried to Parbatipur again through rail wagons. This requires additional time and money as well as transport. The pipeline will solve these problems. Through the cross-border pipeline, India will supply fuel oil from its Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL), located at Golaghat in the northeastern state of Assam, while Bangladesh will receive the oil at Parbatipur depot of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) in Dinajpur. India will supply 2.5 lakh tonnes of diesel in the first three years. The import of fuel through the pipeline will be raised further as per the requirements of Bangladesh. The NRL will distribute diesel for 15 years through the pipeline and the time could be expanded following the consent of both sides. Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj and Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Prodhan also spoke on the occasion.  
Category: Petroleum
Dhaka, Moscow sign protocol amending Rooppur nuclear power deal
September 18, 2018 Tuesday 10:38 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Dhaka and Moscow have signed a protocol to bring amendments to an agreement signed by both sides on development of Rooppur nuclear power plant. On sideline of the 62nd General Conference of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) being held in Vienna Bangladesh and Russia signed the protocol on September 17. In a statement on Tuesday, Russian state atomic energy agency Rosatom said the protocol was signed to bring in some amendments in the intergovernmental agreement signed on November 2, 2010 on partnership in construction of a nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. It also said Bangladesh can now involve Russia in developing physical protection systems for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. Architect Yeafesh Osman, Minister for Science and Technology, Government of Bangladesh and Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom signed the Protocol on behalf of their respective governments. The protocol provides for the possibility of involving a specialized Russian company in designing and installation of physical protection system for the main and auxiliary facilities of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. The Protocol also includes the clause saying that all the safety and security measures to ensure physical protection of the nuclear power plant to be taken in accordance with the requirements and guidelines of IAEA. Rooppur NPP with two VVER-1200 reactors, each of 1,200 MW capacity is being constructed by Atomstroyexport (ASE), Engineering Division of Rosatom under strict monitoring by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA).    Rooppur Nuclear Power Project (RNPP) with two VVER-1200 reactors, each of 1,200 MW capacity is being constructed according to Russian design, at Ishwardi of Pabna district, 160 km from Dhaka. In accordance with the General Contract signed on December 25, 2015 Atomstroyexport (Engineering Division of Rosatom) is implementing the project as the General Contractor. The Russian VVER-1200 reactors that is selected for the first NPP in Bangladesh, was successfully set up at Unit No 1 of Novovoronezh NPP-2, said the statement.
Category: Nuclear
Sheikh Hasina, Modi to open Bangladesh-India oil pipeline Tuesday
September 17, 2018 Monday 11:13 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will jointly inaugurate construction work of Bangladesh-India Friendship Pipeline between Shiliguri in West Bengal of India and Parbatipur in Dinajpur of Bangladesh on Tuesday. The two premiers will open the construction work of the oil pipeline through a videoconference from their respective capitals at 5 pm on Tuesday, Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) Chairman Md Akram-Al-Hossain said. He also said this pipeline will play an effective role in strengthening further the energy security of Bangladesh. The officials said currently imported oil is stored in Chattogram depot after unloading it from the ship of at Chattogram Port. Later the oil is brought to Khulna Doulatpur Depot through coastal tanks and it was carried to Parbatipur again through rail wagons. In this process, additional time and money is required alongside creation of transport-related problems. But with the launching of the pipeline, these problems will be solved. Bangladesh and India signed an MoU here on April 9 last to set up the 130-km oil pipeline aimed at pumping Indian oil to Bangladesh with a capacity of 1 million tonnes per annum. Earlier, Bangladesh inked a sale and purchase agreement with India on importing diesel through the pipeline on Oct 22 in 2017. Through the cross-border pipeline, India will supply fuel oil from its Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL), located at Golaghat in the north-eastern state of Assam, while Bangladesh will receive the oil at Parbatipur Depot of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) in north-western district of Dinajpur, the BPC sources said. India will supply 2.5 lakh metric tons of diesel for the first three years and the amount will be increased to 4 lakh MY in the last five years. The import of fuel will be further raised in future through the pipeline as per the requirements of Bangladesh. The NRL will distribute diesel for 15 years through the pipeline and the time could be expanded following the consent of both sides, the BPC sources said. With the completion of construction work of the pipeline, they said, the deal on sale and purchase will be made effective. The Parbatipur Depot formally received the first consignment of 2,268 MT diesel from the NRL through rail wagons on March 19, 2016. Through the rail wagons, Bangladesh has imported 57,000 MT diesel from India till July 2018 and it is expected that 50,000 MT more will be brought from India in August-December 2018 through the same way.  
Category: Petroleum
Partial production at Barapukuria power plant resumes
September 14, 2018 Friday 11:28 PM By UNB
Power production from a unit of Barapukuria coal-fired power plant resumed Friday after 52 days of suspension for want of coal. Chief engineer Abdul Hakim Sarker of the plant said power production from no 3 unit started around 2:28 am on Friday. Though, the production capacity of the unit is 275MW units, now it is producing 170-180MW, he said. He said, “The unit needs 2800 MW coal daily for full production. Now, we are getting supply of 2000-2,500 metric tons coal from Barapukuria coal mine.” In a major blow to the country`s power sector, the Barapukuria thermal power plant in Dinajpur was shut down on July 22 owing to an acute shortage of coal after 142,000 tons of coal meant for the power plant disappeared. To keep power supply normal in Northern districts during Eid, the 2 no unit with capacity of 125-MW, resumed its production on August 20. However, it was again closed down after nine days.
Category: Power
Chattogram starts getting 300mmcfd LNG
September 11, 2018 Tuesday 11:49 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The consumers in the Chattogram region get 300mmcfd of liquefied natural gas (LNG), said Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL) managing director Md Quamruzzaman. He said, “Consumers of Chattogram have started consuming an amount of 300 million cubic feet per day gas from the Floating Storage Re-gasification Unit in Moheshkhali since Monday,” With the supply of LNG, the long-drawn problems regarding low pressure and unavailability of gas in peak hours both in industries and residence have already been eased, he said. State-owned Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd (KGDCL) is supplying gas to local industries, gas-based power plants, fertiliser units and domestic consumers. Karnaphuli is responsible for supplying piped natural gas to consumers in Chittagong, Cox`s Bazar, Rangamati, Bandarbans and Khagrachari districts of Bangladesh. KGDCL officials said the Gas Transmission Company Ltd increased the LNG supply to 300 mmcfd from its previous 100 mmcfd since August 18. The demand for gas in Chattogram ranges between 450 and 500 mmcfd. Chattogram region had been suffering from acute gas shortages for the past several years. Businesses in Chattogram see the increasing gas supply as a boon for them and hoped the required gas supply to the region will continue. Raozan 420 megawatt (MW) Power Plant, Shikalbaha 60MW Power Plant, Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd and Kafco Fertilier Plant are lying idle for months for gas crisis. KGDC sources said the second ship with 138,000 cubic metres of LNG arrived from Qatar for the LNG import facility in the Bay of Bengal off Moheshkhali Island.    
Category: Gas
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ADB to provide $501.5 million for Rupsha power plant
Petronet submits proposal to set up $1 billion LNG terminal in Bangladesh
‘Efforts on to start Barapukuria power plant’
Imported LNG supply to nat’l grid rescheduled for Aug 8
Northerners brace for power cuts as Barapukuria power plant closed
Nasrul asks to ensure hassle free power supply
LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh opened the largest LPG depot at Jhenaidah
Summit power generation capacity increases to 1,941MW
Nuclear plant being implemented with full security measures: PM
BPDB, GE sign deal for 3600 MW power plant
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