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MAX Group signs a contract with Atomstroyexport for Rooppur project
In a move to complete the first ever nuclear power plant construction project of Bangladesh, the main Russian contractor JSC Atomstroyexport signed a contract with local company MAX Infrastructure Ltd (concern of MAX Group) to construct the lot- 600 of Rooppur NPP, Unit 1. This contract includes the critical civil and erection works of main Turbine Hall building. After signing, the contract was exchanged between Engr  Ghulam Mohammed Alomgir, Chairman of MAX GROUP and Lastochkin Sergey Gennadievich, First Deputy Director of RNPP Directorate, Atomstroyexport at a local hotel in Dhaka recently where CEO of Hindustan Construction Company, Amit Uplenchwar and CEO of MAX GROUP, Sunil Jain were also present, said a press release. MAX Infrastructure Ltd (MAX), Bangladesh and a big reputed company, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), India, joint Venture (JV) has been awarded this contract for the lot- 600. MAX is the lead partner having 60% share in the JV and HCC is the 40% shareholder. The project is expected to be completed by 2022 and declared as a fast track project of Bangladesh by present government. The NPP will be built with Russian technology and is equipped with two VVER reactors of 1,200 MW each. MAX is one of the most reputed EPC contractor of Bangladesh with a brilliant track record of infrastructural development in various sectors for the last 25 years. MAX GROUP has employed more than 400 graduate engineers and owns more than 600 construction equipment in various projects. Previously, MAX has been awarded for two other lots of this Rooppur NPP which includes the shore protection of Padma river and construction of the common facilities of the construction base of second stage. MAX is also constructing the Single Line Dual Gauge Railway Track from Dohazari to Cox’s Bazar via Ramu under the railways ministry worth value US$ 450 million which is another fast track project of the present government of Bangladesh. When contacted for comment, Engr Alomgir said owning and operating a nuclear power plant in the country will be a proud achievement for Bangladesh and working in critical constructions of such a nuclear plant is a proud achievement for MAX GROUP as a local company. He hopes to deliver the project in time with full satisfaction to Russian main contractor ASE and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC).  
Govt moves to drill 108 wells in onshore blocks
June 6, 2018 Wednesday 3:31 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government has placed special stress on natural gas exploration to ensure the country’s future energy security, state ministerfor power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid said on Tuesday. Steps have been taken to drill some 108 new wells, he added. Nasrul announced this while speaking as the chief guest at an event organised by Chevron Bangladesh at a hotel in Dhaka, said a press release. The consumption of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as an alternative to natural gas is being encouraged, he said. The government is moving ahead with the target of becoming a developed country, prioritising the advancement of power and energy sector, he also said. Already, some 90 per cent people have been brought under the grid power and 5.20 million people under the solar home systems, he said. He also recognised the contribution of Chevron Bangladesh towards the country’s development. Energy and mineral resources secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Munim, Petrobangla chairman Abul Mansur Md Faizullah, US ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, and Chevron Bangladesh’s outgoing president Kevin Lyon also spoke on the occasion. Chevron Bangladesh’s newly-appointed president Neil Menzis was introduced at the function.
Category: Gas
City’s gas crisis likely to linger despite move to add more gas to nat’l grid
May 24, 2018 Thursday 11:23 AM By UNB
Despite the government’s move to add 500 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd) to the national gas network, the severe gas crisis that the city dwellers have been experiencing in many areas is unlikely to be resolved soon due to weak distribution network, officials said. The government has planned to add 500 mmcfd gas to the national grid from the current month by importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar. The LNG ship has already arrived at Moheshkhali LNG terminal and now awaiting supply to national gas network. But officials at state-owned Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd think that this will have little impact on the current grim situation because of weakness in distribution network. They said addition of more gas would not work to ease the situation until a project is taken to improve distribution line. “Actually, no major project was undertaken in recent years to improve the capacity of the Titas distribution lines because of the government’s policy to discourage the residential use of gas,” said a top official of the company on condition of anonymity.  In most areas, he mentioned, the distribution lines have become very incapable to meet the demand of gas the demand of which is growing because of rampant construction of high-rise buildings in and around Dhaka city. “Where there was only one or two families on a piece of land, now more than 10 families are living there after the construction of a high-rise apartment building,” he said. The areas facing gas crisis include Mirpur, Kazipara, Sewrapara, Mohammadpur, Sheymoli, Adabar, Kalayanpur, Nakhalpara, Kathalbagan, Cenrtral Road, Crescent Road, Moghbazar, Molibagh, Badda, Basabo, Old Dhaka, Lalbagh, and Jatrabari.   The consumers of these areas experience poor gas flow in most of the time of the day. “We start getting gas after 10 pm and that flow prevails for only three to four hours. Even no adequate pressure is found to cook meals in ovens,” said Salma Begum, a housewife in the city’s Nakhalpara area. The similar experience was shared by Nurjahan  Khatun in Kazipara area of Mirpur. She said she has to cook at midnight on most occasions. According to official sources, some 30 percent of the Titas consumers in the city have been experiencing the gas shortage for long. However, Syed ManzurIlahi, deputy managing director and also project director of Supply Efficiency Improvement of Titas Gas, said they have constantly making efforts to improve the situation. “Titas is currently implementing a pre-paid gas meter installation project to stop such illegal connections. Once the project is fully implemented, it’ll significantly improve the situation,” he said. But many senior officials who do not want to speak openly believe there will be no end to the ongoing gas crisis unless there is any policy change on the government side. Currently, they said, Titas gas has alone almost 500 mmcfd gas shortage to meet its demand as it is receiving about 1580  mmcfd gas from  Petrobangla to serve its 2.734  million consumers.  Of these, residential consumers are about 2.717 million while commercial consumers are 10,919 and industrial consumers are 4,610. The officials said Titas Gas needs projects to improve the capacity of its distribution lines across the city and elsewhere. They also mentioned that there are more than 300,000 million illegal gas connections in many areas in and around the Dhaka city. These areas include Keraniganj, Narayanganj, Fatullah, Badda, Merul Badda, Tekpara, Kathalia and Namapara. “But local MPs create obstacles when we move to take action against such illegal gas consumers,” said an official.
Category: Gas
Khulna 800MW power project awaits ECNEC nod
May 21, 2018 Monday 12:27 PM By BSS
The government has undertaken a big move to set up a 800 MW combined cycle power plant on the abandoned land of Khulna Newsprint Mills Limited to meet the growing demand of power in the country. “The government has undertaken a series of projects to increase the country’s power generation capacity as we have targeted to generate 24,000 MW electricity by 2021,” State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told the news agency on Sunday. He said the proposed power plant would help reduce system loss of electricity as consumers would get more reliable power from their nearby source. An official said the commission has already reviewed a draft project of the Power Division titled ‘Construction of Rupsha 800 MW combined cycle power plant’ and it is likely to be placed before the ECNEC meeting on Tuesday. He also said the North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL) under the Power Division has been assigned to implement the project by June 2022 at an estimated cost of Taka 8,498.64 crore. Out of the total project cost, the official said, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) are expected to provide Tk 5,987.87 crore as project assistance, Tk 50 crore will come from the organization’s own fund while the rest Tk 2,460.77 crore would be given by the government. The project targets improving energy security in Bangladesh. It will increase availability of efficient and cleaner energy by developing a state-of-the-art power plant with 800-megawatt (MW) generation capacity using cleaner and highly efficient power generation technologies. The Planning Commission official said the project also envisages the construction of associated natural gas supply and power transmission infrastructure facilities, as well as strengthening the institutional capacity and overall business process of the project’s executing agency, North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL), to efficiently plan and operate power plants. He said the power plant will be built on some 50 acres of abandoned land at the Khulna Newsprint Mills where natural gas will be used as the initial energy while HSD (diesel) as an alternate energy.  According to the sources at the Power Division and the Planning Commission, the government has already set a target to reach electricity to every household by 2021 side by side reducing load-shedding by generating some 24,000 MW of Power by that year. To materialize that goal, the government is implementing various short-term, mid-term and long-term plans and the project for setting up 800 MW combined cycle power plant has been drafted in line with those plans. According to the draft project proposal, the main project operations include setting up gas turbine generating set with all auxiliaries, steam turbine generating set with all auxiliaries, heat recovery steam generating set, installation of power transformer 16/230 kV, 400 MVA, 11/230 kV, 200 MVA and distributed controlled system and some 29 kilometer 230 kV power transmission line. Besides, land purchase and development, construction of residential and non-residential buildings and gas distribution pipe line installation works would also be carried out under the project. The Pre Evaluation Committee (PEC) meeting on the proposed project was held on February 06 where the Planning Commission suggested for restructuring the DPP. Following the recommendations of the Planning Commission, the Power Division restructured the DPP and again submitted it before the Planning Commission where it suggested for placing before the ECNEC.
Category: Power
‘LPG users being brought under insurance’
May 12, 2018 Saturday 1:23 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
The government has taken a plan to bring users of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) under insurance facilities so that they can get financial compensation for any accident. The initiative was taken following an accident risk of distribution irregularities as the use of the gas has increased manifold on local market. To this effect, a guideline will be formulated soon, said an official of Energy and Mineral Resources Division. Recently, a meeting has been held at Energy Division to elaborately discuss the use and risk of LPG. State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid was present at the meeting. At the meeting, the authorities concerned recommended bringing LPG users under insurance facilities. The official also said LPG use has been increased 5-6 folds in the last few years. In the future, LPG will be used as fuel in household sector about cent percent. So, it is urgent to bring the consumers of the sector under insurance facilities. The official further said the ministry concerned will hold separate meetings with LPG distributors in this regard. The companies will have take responsibility for the security of their consumers, he added. Every company can make a database through registering their consumers. Later, it can bring its registered consumers under insurance facilities so that they can get financial compensation in case of accident, says a statement presented by Energy and Mineral Resources Division Deputy Secretary (Operation-2) Akramuzzaman at the meeting. Besides, LPG users should be aware of any accident. Security measures should be taken to avoid any accident. Recommendation was also made to test LPG cylinders after a specific date. A modern safety regulator should be used to fend off any accident. Speaking on the occasion, Energy Junior Minister Nasrul Hamid said people now use a huge quantity of LP gas for cooking. But they are not following safety measures. The government is taking measures to ensure safe and long-lasting use of LPG.
Category: LPG
‘Hearing on proposal for fresh gas price hike begins June 11’
May 11, 2018 Friday 3:05 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Gas price is likely to increase further in Bangladesh ahead of the next general election following the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG), as distribution companies have proposed raising prices of all categories except household and commercial ones. Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) will hold public hearing on the adjustment of gas prices. The hearing will begin on June 11 and continue until June 21, said a BERC notification issued on May 9. On June 11, public hearing on the Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL) proposal for a transmission charge increase will be held. Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company will hold hearing on the proposal for a hike in distribution charge and consumer-level gas prices on June 13. Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Limited and Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution system limited will hold a hearing on June 14, Paschimanchal Gas Distribution Company Limited on June 18, Karnaphuli Gas Distribuntion Company Limited on June 19 and Sundarban Gas Distribution Company Limited on June 21. If the gas prices hike, transmission charge will be raised. The hike proposal by the Gas Transmission Company is being taken under consideration. LNG import supply to the country will begin in the last week of this month. Meanwhile, US based Excelerate Energy ship carrying LNG from Qatar RasGas has reached Bangladesh coast. According to the proposal, the price of per cubic metre gas used for grid power production has been proposed to be increased by 206 percent. The price of per cubic metre gas has been raised from Tk 3.16 to Tk 10.48. The price of per cubic metre gas used for captive power generation has been proposed to be raised by 66 percent. The price of gas has been increased from Tk 9.62 to Tk 16. The price of gas used for fertiliser production has been proposed to be shot up by 372 percent with an increase in prices of gas per cubic metre from Tk 2.71 to Tk 12.80. Besides, the price of gas used in industries has been proposed to be hiked by 93 percent with an increase in gas price per cubic metre from Tk 7.76 to Tk 14.90. The price of compressed natural gas (CNG) has been proposed to be gone up by 120 percent. The CNG price has been hiked from Tk 40 to Tk 48. Sources in the government said gas price is likely to be hiked following the high cost of LNG import. The government will not give a huge amount of subsidy on LNG import. It is mentioned that gas price was adjusted last February by 22.70 percent on an average. Now average price of per cubic metre gas price is Tk 7.35. At present, households pay Tk 750 for a single burner and Tk 800 for double burner every month.
Category: Gas
Summit commences Gazipur 300 MW power plant
May 9, 2018 Wednesday 8:34 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Summit, the largest Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Bangladesh has completed construction of another HFO fueled reciprocating power plant with 300 MW capacity. The Summit Gazipur-II Power Limited has begun supplying power to the national grid from 5th May 2018, said a press release. It was implemented as a fast-track project within nine months, a period that was set by Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Power Division of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources. The letter of intent (LoI) of this project was issued on August 10, 2017 and only within nine months since then on May 09, 2018 the ‘100 Hour Reliability Run Test’ as well as ‘Dependable Capacity Test’ were completed. Summit Gazipur-II Power Limited is a joint venture of Summit Corporation Limited and Summit Power Limited (SPL). The letter of intent of this 300 MW power project was issued on August 10, 2017 and consequently the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Implementation Agreement (IA) were signed with Bangladesh government for a period of 15 years on December 10, 2017. Summit Gazipur-II Power is located at Kodda in Gazipur about 30 km away from Dhaka city. The power plant is supplying power at 230 kV to Tongi and Kaliakoir grid sub-stations.    
Category: Power
Bangladesh imports 1m tonnes LNG from Oman
May 6, 2018 Sunday 11:55 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
As per the government`s move to ensure energy security in the country, the state owned Petrobangla today signed an agreement with Oman Trading International (OTI) for importing one million tonnes of Natural Liquefied Gas (LNG) from Oman. Secretary of Petrobangla Syed Ashfaquzzaman and Attorney of OTI, a state-owned organization of Oman signed the contract on behalf of their respective sides at Petrobangla Bhaban here. State Minister for Power Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid witnessed the signing ceremony as the chief guest, while energy and mineral resources division secretary Nazimuddin Chowdhdury and Petrobangla chairman Abul Mansur M Faizullah were present. According to the deal, the government would import one million LNG from Oman at cost of US Dollar 9 per mmbt and the agreement would valid for 10 years on deliver ex ship method. The LNG is expected to be brought by July this year. Besides, the government is importing a total of 500 mmcfd of LNG from Qatar to meet the country`s growing demand. The LNG would be added into the national grid from this month. Earlier, the government signed a long term contract with Qatar`s RasGas for 1.8 million tonnes of LNG per annum.
Category: Gas
Deal signed with China for 1,320 MW power plant at Moheshkhali
May 6, 2018 Sunday 11:31 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
As part of its ongoing efforts to increase power production, the government on Sunday signed a joint venture agreement with China for installing a 1,320 MW coal-fired power plant at Moheshkhali in Cox`s Bazar. “Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and China Huadian Hongkong Company Ltd (CHDHK) signed the agreement to form a new joint venture company within 30 days,” State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said while witnessing the contract signing as the chief guest at a function at Mukti Hall of Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka. He said the new joint venture company would construct a 1,320 MW ultra super critical coal-fired power plant at Moheshkhali in Cox`s Bazar in 48 to 54 months. Moheshkhali would be a power hub, as the government has been constructing Matarbari power plant along with other electricity establishments, Nasrul added. He said the government is going for long-term projects for power sector. “We are going for big power plant projects, which would create huge employment facilities in the country,” he added. “We need efficient personalities for operation and maintenance of the modern technology based machineries. For this, training programmes are needed for making our people skilled,” the state minister said. Secretary of BPDB Mina Masud Uzzaman and vice president of CHDHK Wang Zhihao signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides. Among others, Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus, BPDB Chairman Engineer Khaled Mahmood, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo, CHDHK President Fong Zheng spoke on the occasion.
Category: Power
Bangladesh, Oman to sign deal for LNG today
May 6, 2018 Sunday 6:53 AM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
State owned Petrobangla is set to sign an agreement today for importing Natural Liquefied Gas (LNG) from Oman aimed at ensuring energy security in the country. Senior Information Officer of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Mir Mohammad Aslam Uddin said that the agreement to this effect would formally be inked at a ceremony at Petrobangla Bhaban in Dhaka. The Petrobangla, he said, would sign the agreement with Oman Trading International, a state-owned organisation. State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid would witness the signing ceremony as the chief guest. Besides, the government is importing a total of 500 mmcfd of LNG from Qatar to meet the country’s growing demand. The LNG would be added into the national grid from this month. Earlier, the government signed a long term contract with Qatar’s RasGas for 1.8 million tonnes of LNG per annum.
Category: Gas
Bangla Trac Power adds 200MW to national grid
May 2, 2018 Wednesday 12:56 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangla Trac Power Unit-1 Ltd has started supplying 200 megawatts of electricity to the national grid from its plant in Daudkandi, Comilla. “A fully dedicated team of our company has been working hard to meet the increasing demand of electricity in Bangladesh for a long time,” said Mohammad Aminul Haque, chairman of Bangla Trac Group, in a statement. “We are really excited to successfully add another 200MW of electricity to the national grid on April 24, 2018,” he said. This brings the group’s contribution to the national to 300MW. On April 16, 2018, the company’s plant in Noapara, Jessore added 100MW to the grid.
Category: Power
‘Petromax LPG enters the LPG Market’
April 28, 2018 Saturday 9:33 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Petromax LPG, just launched to engage in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) import, storage, bottling and marketing in Bangladesh to meet the growing demand of the energy sector on April 28, 2018 at Bangabandhu International Conference Hall in Dhaka. Nasrul Hamid, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources was present as chief guest in the inaugural ceremony. Among others, lawmakers Dr M Habibey Milliat and Mahfuzur Rahman, chairman of Youth Group and Petromax LPG Ltd Rejaqul Haider and managing director of Youth Group Feroz Alam spoke on the function. Petromax LPG Limited has already set up a LPG filling and bottling plant with total 6500 MT storage facility. 5500 MT storage facility is at main terminal at Mongla and 1000 MT in satellite plant in Rupganj, Dhaka. The plant is equipped with fully automated and high capacity filling system with 10 million cylinder bottling capacity annually. State-of-the-art DOT 4BA 240 international standard cylinder manufacturing Plant in Tangail with 5,50,000 units production capacity annually has also established to reduce dependence on cylinder import. For nationwide and industrial distribution Petromax LPG already engaged 1 LPG Berge and 6 Bulk LPG Road Tanker. The cylinders will be available in 2 different sizes- 12Kg and 35 Kg. For the last 38 years, Youth Group has invested in RMG, power and energy sector and has contributed to the economic development of the country.  
Category: LPG
LPG price to be fixed with stakeholders: Nasrul
April 28, 2018 Saturday 7:33 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said his ministry would fix the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) through consultation with the stakeholders concerned. “Initiatives have been underway for keeping the price of LPG at a tolerable stage,” he said this as the chief guest, while launching Petromax LPG at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Saturday. He said the businessmen should operate their businesses keeping in mind their social responsibility, adding, “It might be possible to supply LPG to apartments or community based households through pipeline by preserving it.” The natural gas or the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) would be supplied to industries as its opportunity cost is high at industries, Nasrul said adding that the government so far approved 55 companies for LPG bottling and marketing in the country. “These companies’ production capacity is 23.60 lakh tonnes, while the country’s demand is 30 lakh tones,” the state minister added. Among others, lawmakers Dr M Habibey Milliat and Mahfuzur Rahman, chairman of Youth Group Rejaqul Haider and managing director of Youth Group Feroz Alam spoke on the function.
Category: LPG
‘20-year Energy Security Fund formulated for LNG import’
April 25, 2018 Wednesday 7:58 AM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
The government has created an Energy Security Fund to finance in the country’s gas exploration and extraction projects, including the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to meet the scarcity of natural gas. On April 10, 2018, the Energy and Mineral Resources Division has issued a notification on the formation of the Energy Security Fund Policy-2018. According to the notification, the fund will be used in exploring, extracting, purifying, transmitting, distributing gas, importing LNG and taking other related projects with the help of this fund to ensure the energy security in the country. However, it is seen in the analysis of the notification that a large part of this fund will be spent for importing LNG. The government will import 500 mmcf of LNG daily and provide it to national gas grid from May next. It is said that the period of the fund will be 20 years from the date of policy issuance. After the expiration of the timeframe, the government will decide in this regard. The Bangladesh oil, gas and mineral resources corporation (Petrobangla) under the Division of Energy and Mineral Resources will take the charge of managing the fund. An eight-member committee convened by Petrobangla chairman has been constituted to fix the implementable projects to be run by the fund. The General Manager of Petrobangla LNG Cell will be the member secretary of the committee. In the circular, it has been stated that the purpose of forming this fund is to take short, medium and long-term measures to ensure safety in energy supply. If the project run by the money of the fund is considered profitable or commercially successful, then the taken investment will have to be repaid within 15 years of the beginning of the project, with the grace period of five years, on a six-month basis in 20 phases with 2 percent interest including service charges. However, the service charges will not be applicable during the grace period. The money, used only for gas exploration projects, will not be refundable if the gas is not available for extraction, or if the gas extraction is not considered economically profitable. Besides, the money spent for hiring the project consultant or experts or conducting surveys will not be refundable. In this case, the money mentioned in this regard will be regarded as donations. It is here noted that the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission, in an order to increase the price of gas at the consumer level on August 27, 2015, directed to form this fund. Later, the Division of Energy and Mineral Resources formed the fund effective from September 1, 2015, said the notification. According to the commission order, the asset value of gas produced in the country will be deposited to the energy security fund for consumers` interest, with a weight average cost of 1.01 per cubic meter and the interest on the savings will also be kept in the fund. Later, the money will be spent on various projects. However, Energy Regulatory Commission has already directed to allocate approximately Tk7,000 crore for one year to Energy and Mineral Resources Division from its Energy Security Fund for the purposes of LNG import and operations of LNG terminals. The Security Fund received around Tk 6,000 crore as of December 2017.
Category: Gas
Another 100MW power added to national grid
April 18, 2018 Wednesday 9:51 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
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.
Category: Power
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
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