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Installation of core catcher at unit 2 of Rooppur NPP begins
Atomstroyexport, Engineering Division of ROSATOM and the General Contractor Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant has started installation of Core Melt Localization Device (Core Catcher), one of the main elements of the passive safety system at Unit-2 of the project. Installation works began on April 25, 2019, one month ahead of the schedule, said a press release. “This is one of the main elements of a passive safety system and the first large-sized equipment being installed in Unit 2 building. Due to coordinated efforts of our engineers it has become possible to begin the installation works earlier. It is worthy to mention here that construction of both units of Rooppur NPP is progressing as per schedule,” said Sergey Lastochkin, Vice-President and Director of Rooppur NPP Project. Installation of Core Catcher at Unit-1 began earlier on August 18, 2018. Core catcher is a unique device, designed by Russian specialists. The device with cone-shaped body is installed at the bottom of the reactor core barrel and filled with a special material. If necessity arises, the Core Catcher shall collect the core melt materials and ensure their uniform distribution in the core catcher body. Operations of the Core Catcher like other passive safety systems do not depend on any person or his skill or circumstances. It follows only the fundamental natural law. Core Catcher for Rooppur NPP is designed considering the site condition and safety requirements. For having improved hydro-dynamic and shock strength properties, it is more seismic resistant. It is also equipped with flood protection features and possesses simplified installation and assembly technology. Rooppur NPP is being constructed with the technical and financial assistance from Russia. It will have two units each of 1200MW capacity. World’s latest 3+ Generation VVER 1200 reactors have been chosen for the plant, which completely fulfill the safety requirements set by IAEA.
LNG boosts daily gas supply to 3,200 mmcf
March 26, 2019 Tuesday 10:36 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The country’s overall natural gas supply crossed the 3,200 million cubic feet mark a day (mmcf), boosted by the imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The lone operational floating, storage, re-gasification unit (FSRU) is currently re-gasifying around 532 mmcfd equivalent of LNG, which is the highest quantity of LNG re-gasification from Excelerate Energy’s vessel at Matarbari in the Bay of Bengal. According to state-run Petrobangla, the total natural gas output was 3,218 mmcf per day, as of Monday. Of the total output, local gas production companies produced around 1,026 mmcf or 31.8 per cent of the total daily output, international oil companies (IOCs) produced around 1660 or 50.8 per cent and the remaining 532 mmcf are re-gasified LNG. Gas-guzzling clients of Chattogram are the major consumers of re-gasified LNG. Of the total re-gasified LNG, the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd (KGDCL), dedicated to supplying natural gas to the Chattogram region, has been taking around 320 mmcf a day, or 70 per cent of the total quantity, said a senior official of state-run Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL). Some 150 mmcf per day equivalent of re-gasified LNG is being supplied to Titas franchise areas and the remaining 41 mmcfd to the Pashchimanchal Gas Company Ltd (PGCL), he said. The country’s overall natural gas supply improved substantially with the start of full capacity re-gasification in the floating LNG terminal, said a senior Petrobangla official.  
Category: Gas
Proposals to hike gas prices: Public hearing ends; Berc to take ‘judicious’ decision
March 15, 2019 Friday 11:43 AM By UNB
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Berc) has assured that it will consider proposals to hike the gas tariff judiciously as the four-day public hearing on those ended here on Thursday. “Gas entities might have proposed raising gas tariff by more than 100 percent in some cases. But I can assure you that the commission will consider the matter judiciously without any biasness,” said Berc Chairman Monwar Islam while making his concluding remarks at the hearing. He also reminded that the commission never agrees with the proposals placed by the gas companies and delivers its order applying its own judicious consciousness. “For example, the companies proposed a 95 percent hike, but the Berc ordered an 11 percent hike,” Monwar told the audience who were mainly from different consumer rights groups, political parties, business bodies, civil societies and journalists. He also urged people not to get panicked with the gas tariff hike proposals and instead keep their trust in the neutrality of the energy watchdog. The Berc chairman directed the gas entities not to bring any unrealistic or exaggerated price hike proposal in the future, saying it creates panic among people. He also called upon the participants to convey their additional arguments to the Berc by March 20 if they have any.  On the concluding day, the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company and Pashchimanchal Gas Distribution Company placed their respective proposals which were identical with other gas distribution entities like Titas, Bakhraba and Jalalabad.       As per the proposals, the consumer having a single burner oven will have to pay Tk 1,350 per month instead of exiting Tk 750 while the two-burner users will pay Tk 1,440 per month instead of Tk 800 and the metred household consumer has to pay Tk 16.41 per cubic metre (each unit) instead of Tk 9.10 per cubic metre for gas consumption. Power plants will pay Tk 9.74 per unit of gas instead of the existing rate of Tk 3.16 with a rise of 208 percent while fertiliser factories will pay Tk 8.44 per unit instead of Tk 2.71 per unit with the rise of 211 percent. They proposed increasing the gas tariffs by 96 percent to Tk 18.88 per unit from Tk 9.62 for captive power while it proposed hiking 132 percent gas tariff for industries to Tk 18.04 per unit against the existing rate of Tk 7.76 per unit. They proposed raising the tariff by 50 percent for CNG to Tk 48 per unit from Tk 32 while 41 percent for commercial use of gas to Tk 24.05 from Tk 17.04 per unit. As per the Berc Act, the energy regulator will announce its decision within 90 days of the hearing.
Category: Gas
Petrobangla signs MoU with Dhaka University’s Geology department
March 15, 2019 Friday 11:08 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between department of Geology, University of Dhaka and Petrobangla and its subsidiary companies for institutional collaboration in the field of academic, training and research was signed on 13 March, 2019 at Petrobangla`s Board Room at Kawranbazar in the city. Chairman of Petrobangla Md Ruhul Amin presided over the ceremony while Secretary of Energy and Mineral Resources Division Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem was present as chief guest, said a press release. It was attended by Chairman of department of Geology, University of Dhaka professor Dr Kazi Matin Uddin Ahmed, supernumerary professor Dr Badrul Imam, professor Dr Anwar Hossain Bhuiyan, high officials of Energy and Mineral Resources Division and directors along with high officials of Petrobangla were also present at the ceremony. Secretary of Petrobangla Syed Ashfaquzzaman and Chairman of department of Geology, University of Dhaka professor Dr Kazi Matin Uddin Ahmed signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.
Category: Gas
Efforts continue to ensure uninterrupted power supply: Nasrul
March 10, 2019 Sunday 10:02 PM By BSS
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Sunday said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working restlessly to ensure smooth supply of electricity in affordable price for all the people of the country. “There is nothing to worry about it, we are working on it. It will take time for supplying uninterrupted power to all. Countries like Korea had taken 30 years for ensuring uninterrupted supply to its countrymen,” he said while addressing a dialogue as the chief guest at a city hotel. Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) organised the dialogue titled ‘Power and Energy Sector: Immediate Issues and Challenges’, with its Chairman Professor Rehman Sobhan in the chair. The dialogue was also addressed, among others, Dr M Tamim, Pro-Vice Chancellor of BRAC University; Professor Badrul Imam, Professor of Department of Geology, Dhaka University; and Professor Dr M Shamsul Alam, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Daffodil International University spoke as panelists at the event. The experts, at the discussion, put their recommendations for the development of the power and energy sectors in the days to come. The state minister said price of electricity in Bangladesh is the lowest level among developing countries, adding, “It is very difficult to work in particular sector such as power, as many people give different advices which sometimes create confusion.” He said the information provided by the CDP at today’s event should be updated as they gave old information. Regarding corruption in the sector, he said corruption is reducing and the system loss has brought down to a single digit, which was 44 percent during the BNP-Jamaat alliance. “System loss in Chattagram and DESCO is now at seven percent, which is visible in developed countries,” the state minister said. Research Director of CPD Khandker Golam Moazzem presented the keynote paper at the event. He said one of the main achievements of the present government is power and energy sector as it has been able to meet the shortfall in power by generating sufficient electricity.
Category: Power
Bangladesh-Russia JCC reviews progress of Rooppur Nuclear Power plant construction
March 9, 2019 Saturday 5:59 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The 4th meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee (JСС) of the Russia and Bangladesh on construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant held at city hotel in Dhaka on March 6, 2019. The main topic of discussion was the present status of construction of Rooppur NPP and further actions to be required for completion of the project. Both the sides expressed their satisfaction over the progress of construction work of Rooppur NPP, said a press release. The Russian delegation was headed by Alexander Loshkin, First Deputy Director General for operational management of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and the President of ASE Group of Companies, General Contractor of Rooppur NPP. Architect Yeafesh Osman, Minister for Science and Technology led the Bangladesh side in the meeting. Issues related to man power training, delivery of equipment and others were also discussed in the meeting. Decisions of the JСС meeting were documented in the final Protocol, approved at the meeting. The construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) is being implemented under an intergovernmental agreement signed between Russia and Bangladesh on November 2nd, 2011. On December 25, 2015, Atomstroyexport (ROSATOM’s subsidiary) was appointed as the General Contractor for construction Rooppur NPP with two VVER 1200 power units, each with a capacity of 1200 MW.  In 2015-2016, preparatory works were carried out at the construction site, working documentation was developed and documents for licensing for construction were prepared. In 2017, the implementation of the Rooppur NPP construction project continued in accordance with the schedule. On November 4, 2017, the regulatory authority of Bangladesh (BAERA) issued required license for the design and construction of the plant. On November 30, 2017, “First Concrete” ceremony was held for Unit 1 of the Rooppur NPP and on July 14, 2018, the Unit 2 also went in to active phase of the construction following the “First Concrete”. On August 18, 2018, installation of “Core Catcher”, one of the most important passive safety systems began at Unit 1. Installation of “Core Catcher” for the Unit 2 began in February 2019. Currently, construction of main buildings and structures of both the power units is underway. The innovative Generation 3+ power units, which will be installed at Rooppur NPP includes the most powerful type of VVER-1200 reactor, as well as a high-speed turbine specially designed for new-generation NPPs. It provides the highest level of operational safety and fully meets the safety requirements strictly set by the IAEA.    
Category: Nuclear
ECNEC approves Tk 3,322cr Boropukuria-Kaliakoir 400kV line project
February 28, 2019 Thursday 12:28 PM By BSS
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved on Wednesday a big project to set up double-circuit 400 kV transmission lines to extend the high voltage power transmission infrastructures in the northern part of the country at a cost of Taka 3,322.34 crore to import power from India, Bhutan and Nepal in future. The approval came from the ECNEC meeting held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area with ECNEC chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that a total of 13 projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 12,459.79 crore. “Of the total project cost, Taka 9,481.77 crore will come from the GoB portion, Taka 154.45 crore will come from the organization’s own fund while the rest Taka 2,823.58 crore from project assistance,” he added. Of the approved 13 projects, 10 are new while three others are revised projects. The Planning Minister said once the transmission line project is implemented, it will be possible to import power from Indian 1600 MW Power plant to be set up by Adanai Group at Jharkhand. The imported power will be later transmitted to Sylhet, Chattogram and other parts of the country from Kaliakoir. Mannan said that the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) under the Power Division will implement the project by June, 2022. Of the total project cost, Taka 1,424.26 crore will come from the GoB portion, Taka 153.44 crore from the organization’s own fund while the rest of Taka 1744.62 crore as project assistance under the Indian $2 billion Line of Credit. The main project objectives include setting up the transmission line for evacuating power from the proposed 2 x 800 MW power plant to be set up at Jharkhand in India by Adani Group. The main project operations include erection of 120 kilometer 400 KV double-circuit transmission line from Boropukuria to Bogura, erection of 140 kilometer 400 KV double-circuit transmission line from Bogura to Kaliakoir, extension of two 400 KV AIS bay at the 400/230 KV power substation at Kaliakoir, and extension of two 230 KV AIS bay at Parbotipur 230 KV switching station. Once the project is completed, it will also be possible to import power from Nepal and Bhutan through this transmission line in future.
Category: Power
Public hearing on gas price hike starts March 11
February 15, 2019 Friday 11:38 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is going to hold mass hearings on gas price hike from March 11. The energy regulator has already received proposals from all gas transmission and distribution companies about the hike. The mass hearing will take place at the auditorium of the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) in Karwanbazar, said a notice. Any organisations or persons interested in taking part in the mass hearing should apply to the BERC by March 4.  The hearing will start with Petrobangla on March 11 in the morning. Later, from 10:30am, the Gas Transmission Company Limited will place a proposal to increase the gas transmission charge.  On March 12, the hearing of the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 10am to 12:30pm. From 2:30pm to 5pm on the same day, the hearing of Sundarban Gas Company Limited will take place. On March 13, the hearing of the Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 10am to 12:30pm. The hearing of the Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 2:30pm to5:00 pm on the same day. On March 14, the hearing of the Karnafuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd will take place from 10am to 12:30pm, while the Pashchimanchal Gas Company Ltd’s hearing will be held from 2:30 pm to 5pm.
Category: Gas
LNG boosts Ctg factories, power plants
February 15, 2019 Friday 11:28 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Gas supply to the national grid from the maiden floating LNG import terminal in the deep sea rose to its maximum capacity on Tuesday morning as the pipeline started receiving 450 million cubic feet of gas a day. The gas supply to different regions from the national grid will boost up production in factories, gas-based power plants and fertiliser factories, domestic holdings and garment manufacturing units resulting in a positive impact on the overall national economy. With the enhanced supply the country is now getting gas for all regions including the capital Dhaka from the national grid in a limited scale alongside the natural gas available from the local gas fields. The natural gas supplied earlier to the Chattogram region has also been added to Dhaka and rest of the country from the national grid. Chattogram, a long-time gas-hungry region, will be the most beneficiary of the FSRU gas supply as most of the major industries and the thriving special industrial and economic zones are located in the region. It took as long as seven months after commissioning of the Floating, Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) located at Moheshkhali island of Cox`s Bazar to get supply of the re-gasified LNG from the import terminal having 500 million cubic feet of gas a day (mmcfd), sources concerned said. Sources in the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Co Ltd (KGDCL) said trial supply of 450 mmcfd of gas for two days was successful before full scale commissioning by authority in the Petrobangla. Sources said that the supply from the FSRU was disrupted due to leakage in the submersed gas pipeline between the City Gate Station (CGS) near the CUFL fertiliser factory at Anwara and the Fouzderhat CGS at Sitakunda. For supply of the re-gasified LNG the authority concerned constructed a 91- kilometre pipeline between Moheshkhali and Anwara and another 30- kilometre pipeline between Anwara and Fouzderhat. Earlier, the actuator valve in between the FSRU and the sub-sea pipeline also surfaced leakage in the first week of November last resulting in the total halt to the re-gasification at the Excelerate Energy`s terminal, sources said.  The KGDCL, dedicated to the Chattogram region, was receiving only 170 to 180 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd), far less than it used to get before termination of re-gasification at the LNG import terminal, sources said. Production in the gas-fired power plants of Raozan 210 megawatt x 2, Shikalbaha 225 MW, Shikalbaha 150 MW power plants and Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) in Chattogram was suspended following the damage in the underwater pipeline valve. The KGDC official said after repairing the pipeline the gas supply resumed in a limited scale ranging between 210 and 230 mmcfd. So the authority could not supply gas to the national grid as expected. Chattogram was the worst sufferer from gas shortage as the gas-hungry industries have been suffering from short supply. The domestic burners ran dry for a long time while commercial enterprises also suffered for years. Source: Financial Express
Category: Gas
Deal signed to import uranium for nuke plant
February 1, 2019 Friday 11:15 AM By BSS
The government on Thursday signed a primary deal to import uranium for the much awaited Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant aimed at generating 2,200 MW power. “Initiatives to bring uranium from Russia for using it for nuclear power plant at Rooppur would be completed in time,” Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafes Osman said this, witnessing the deal signing ceremony at his ministry conference room. Member (Planning and Development) of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Dr Imtiaz Kamal and Overseas vice president of ROSATOM Nikita Mazein signed the primary agreement on behalf of their respective sides. During the contract signing ceremony secretary of the ministry M Anwar Hossain, Bangladesh Ambassador to Russia Dr SM Saiful Haque and high officials of Russian Federation were present.
Category: Nuclear
Govt seeks developers for its first onshore LNG terminal
January 31, 2019 Thursday 11:39 AM By Reuters
Bangladesh is seeking expressions of interest to build the country’s first onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, according to a company official and a document posted on the company’s website. The South Asian country, which has a population of more than 160 million is turning to land-based LNG terminals as its first imports of the super-chilled fuel through a floating platform were delayed due to the weather and technical issues. Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Co, part of state-owned Petrobangla, which oversees LNG supplies, has requested interest from potential terminal developers for a land-based LNG regasification terminal at Matarbari in the Cox’s Bazar district of southern Bangladesh. The expression of interest is for the design, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of a land-based terminal that can handle 7.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, including receiving, unloading, storage and re-gasification facilities. The project is on a build-own-operate basis for 20 years, with ownership then transferred to the Bangladeshi government or a company nominated by the government at no cost. “A land-based LNG terminal is now our top priority,” said Mohammad Quamruzzaman, managing director of Rupantarita Prakritik Gas. The onshore terminal, which can be expanded to 15 million mtpa in the future, is part of Bangladesh’s strategy to develop its gas sector with private companies, according to the document. The project developer will be required to arrange the necessary financing, the document stated. The developer will receive the LNG from the LNG ship as part of an agreement between Bangladesh and the LNG supplier, unload and store it, re-gasify it and supply the gas to the transmission pipeline. The terminal is set to be completed by June 2023. Companies should submit their expressions of interest by March 20, with the official documents expected to be issued to shortlisted applicants by Aug. 29. Bangladesh began importing LNG from Qatar on a regular basis in last year through the country’s first floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU). It has scrapped plans to build additional floating LNG import terminals after its second FSRU comes on line. Bangladesh’s LNG demand potential could support a terminal with that capacity, said senior analyst at consultancy FGE Poorna Rajendran. “Declining domestic output amidst growing energy demand would leave LNG as a mainstay in its energy mix,” he said. “Coal’s share will rise in the nation’s energy mix but existing gas infrastructure and growing environmental and land acquisition concerns surrounding large coal plants would mean that coal’s share will not grow substantially.” In such a scenario with LNG expected to be a long term solution, a land-based terminal with larger capacity would be more economical than a smaller FSRU which is typically best suited to meet short-term and mid-term demand, he added.
Category: Gas
ECNEC approves 2 power distribution projects
January 30, 2019 Wednesday 3:55 PM By BSS
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) at a meeting on Tuesday approved two similar projects to extend power distribution lines in Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions to give some 4.15 lakh new power connections involving Taka 2,215.17 crore. ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting held in the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area. Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that a total of nine projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 16,433.27 crore. “Of the total project cost, Taka 13,620.27 crore will come from the GoB portion, Taka 285.61 crore from the organization’s own fund while the rest of Taka 2,527.39 crore from project assistance,” he said. Of the approved nine projects, five schemes are new while four others are revised ones. The prime minister also stressed the need for developing an integrated communication system across the country comprising the roads, railways and waterways. Mannan said the ECNEC meeting praised highly the PDB and the REB for their works over the years to widen the coverage of electricity across the country. The Planning Minister said both the power distribution line projects aim at ensuring cent percent electrification by 2021 in the project areas, strengthening and improving further the power distribution system to provide uninterrupted power supply for every user by 2030, improving the socio-economic conditions of people in the project areas and providing improved client services. The Rangpur division power distributions line and substations extension and rehabilitation project will be implemented by the Northern Electric Supply Company (NESCO) Limited under the Power Division with an estimated cost of Taka 1,123.85 crore. The project is scheduled to be implemented by June, 2022. The project will be implemented at 21 city corporation, pourasabha and upazila areas under eight districts of Rangpur division. The project will also increase the capacity by 220 MVA and some 1.80 lakh new power connections will be provided. The main project operations include erection of some 3,192 kilometer new power connections, renovation of the existing 1,739 kilometer old lines, standard up-gradation and rehabilitation of some 10 33/11 KV sub-stations, installation of 4,326 distribution transformers and some 368 11KV capacitor banks. The Rajshahi Division distribution line and substation extension and rehabilitation project will be implemented also by the Northern Electricity Supply Company (NESCO) Limited under the Power Division with an estimated cost of Taka 1,091.32 crore. The project is scheduled to be completed by June, 2022. This project will also increase the capacity by 470 MVA and some 2.35 lakh new power connections will be provided. The main project operations include installation of some 3 new 33/11 KV power sub-stations, standard up-gradation and rehabilitation of some 20 33/11 KV sub-stations, erection of some 2,042.5 kilometer new lines, rehabilitation of some 1,411 kilometer dilapidated lines, installation of some 3,851 distribution transformers, installation of 25 circuit breakers as well as installation of 311 capacitor banks.    
Category: Power
150MW power to add in northern region
January 23, 2019 Wednesday 10:52 AM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
State-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) signed a deal with the Dongfang Electric International Corporation (DEC) of China on Tuesday to construct a 150-megawatt (MW) power plant at Saidpur in Nilphamari. Through signing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract between BPDB and Chinese company, 150 MW electricity will be added to the country’s northern region by June 2021. “The proposed power plant would be set up at Saidpur and it would start supplying electricity from 2021 June,” Chairman of BPDB Engineer Khaled Mahmood said. According to the deal, BPDB Secretary Mina Masud Uzzaman and Deputy Manager of Dongsang Electric International Corporation Ou Yanjiang signed the contract on behalf of their respective sides at Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka. The plant will be built on 18 acres of land in Syedpur under Nilphamari district within 540 days by June 2021. It will be run with diesel, to be imported from India through a 130-km (kilometre) cross-country pipeline. The total cost to build the power plant has been estimated at around Tk 10 billion, of which the government will provide around Tk 3.02 billion. Besides, the BPDB will provide around Tk 2.15 billion from its own coffer, and the remaining Tk 4.83 billion will be project loan. The power plant will be built under the buyer`s credit, and the Bank of China will provide 85 per cent of the EPC cost worth US$ 68.49 million. Prime Minister’s Energy Affairs Advisor Dr Towfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury witnessed the signing ceremony as the chief guest and said the government signed the contract with Chinese company due to reasonable price. “We often go for open tender so that we can verify market price. The government developed the power sector tremendously. That’s why Awami League got reelected easily,” he said. Addressing the function as the special guest State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the proposed power plant will supply uninterrupted electricity to the northern region. He opined that diesel transportation from India`s Numaligarh refinery through the proposed pipeline to run the power plant will be risk-free and cost-effective. The state-run Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) usually imports diesel and furnace oil from international market through different suppliers to run the country`s power plants. The BPC and the Indian state-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), the owner of Numaligarh refinery, are currently working together to build the cross-country pipeline to supply the fuel. Chaired by BPDB Chairman Engineer Khaled Mahmood, the signing ceremony was also addressed by Power Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus.      
Category: Power
Aramco interested to invest in Bangladesh’s energy sector
January 22, 2019 Tuesday 8:05 AM By BSS
Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas-based Oil Company Aramco has shown its interest to invest in the energy sector in Bangladesh. Aramco Managing Director Waleed K Ghemlas on Monday expressed the interest at a meeting with State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid at the latter’s office in the secretariat in the city, said an official release. Ghemlas said his company is primarily interested to set up oil refinery in Bangladesh. Nasrul said future of petrochemical industry in Bangladesh is very bright. Saudi Arabia has a great opportunity to invest in the energy sector in Bangladesh, he added. The state minister urged the Saudi oil company to conduct feasibility study on the market and the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) to assist in this regard. Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Munim and Aramco India Office President Mohammed Mughirah were present, among others, in the meeting.
Category: Petroleum
Govt to spend Tk 2,000cr to ensure non-stop power supply to Dhaka, N’ganj
January 19, 2019 Saturday 6:27 PM By UNB
A move is underway to implement a Tk 2,000 crore project to ensure uninterrupted power supply to Dhaka’s central and south-west zones and major parts of Narayanganj within the next three years. According to official sources, Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC) has undertaken the project to implement it during the 2019-2022 period as part of its development programme. “Once the project is implemented, the DPDC will be able to build a power distribution system to ensure non-stop electricity supply to consumers living in major parts of the two cities,” DPDC Executive Director Ramiz Uddin told UNB. He said the project got the approval of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on November 7 last year, which was its last meeting under the previous government. Of the total cost, the government will finance Tk 1,882 crore while the DPDC will provide Tk 78 crore from its own funds to implement the project. “Now we’re preparing tender documents to float the tender to award contract for the job,” he added saying it may take one month or two to complete the tender invitation process. Power Division officials said the new project was undertaken as part of the government’s current target to improve power distribution and transmission system after its success in power generation. They said although the country’s power generation reached a benchmark of over 11,000 MW through its installed generation capacity of 18,000 MW but uninterrupted power supply in the capital city and elsewhere in the country is yet to be ensured due to poor distribution and transmission network. “As a result, many areas face power outage despite surplus power generation,” said a senior official at the Power Division.        Officials said DPDC mainly operates power distribution systems in Dhaka’s central and south-west parts and major parts of Narayanganj city, and the project will be implemented in the two cities. Officials said the project will facilitate the uninterrupted power supply until 2030 and another new project will be required to continue such facility. Under the project framework, a good number of old substations, each having 33/11 kV capacity, will be replaced with new ones while 165 km of new source lines will be built and 33,157 electric poles will be installed, 1,642 km of overhead lines will be renovated. Installation of 361 km 11 kV underground distribution lines and 2,575 transformers have been included in the project, according to the official sources.   DPDC now distributes about 1,531 MW of electricity among its 1.178 million consumers and the electricity consumption in its command area has been witnessing about 12 percent growth a year.
Category: Power
GCM and POWERCHINA inks $4bn power deal
January 17, 2019 Thursday 9:40 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
GCM Resources plc and Chinese state owned enterprise POWERCHINA  signed a joint venture agreement and EPC contract for the proposed development of 2,000MW of mine mouth coal fired power plants with an approximate investment of $4bn in Dinajpur District, North-West Bangladesh. The agreement and contract were signed in a ceremony organised at the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel Dhaka, said a press release. The documents were signed by Md Badruzzaman and Md. Firoz Zaman on behalf of GCM and Xiong Li Xin and Pan Deng Yu on behalf of POWERCHINA. Executive Chairman of GCM Datuk Michael Tang PJN, Managing Director of DIPON Group Engr. Rashed Mahmud, Managing Director of Mutual Trust Bank Anis Khan, Chairman, PowerChina International Ding Zheng Guo, Chairman of Chinese Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh Lin Wei Qiang and Vice President of  PowerChina Eurasia Xu Jiang Long were witnesses. The proposed project, which is part of a broader strategy by GCM to generate 6,000MW of low cost electricity for the Bangladesh market utilising domestic coal, providing an estimated US$12.5 billion in foreign direct investment, at no capital cost to the government and is in line with the government’s energy development master plan and election manifesto of current party in power, being to pursue the logical use of the country’s coal resources. The power plant utilising ultra supercritical technology with its high-energy efficiency enables maximum power to be generated from the coal, provides lower levels of emissions and delivers the lowest cost of power. The project would deliver a sustainable power solution for the development and progress of Bangladesh and would have a substantial multiplier effect on the country’s economic and social advancement. This includes thousands of new jobs, new industries, more business and direct positive impact on the development of Rangpur Division. The proposal is for the power plants to be powered by coal from a proposed adjoining open pit mine where the power plants will be located.  Technical studies for both the power plants and mine have been completed and are favorable.  Mine mouth power in the coal rich but industrially underdeveloped northern Bangladesh can bring significant regional and national benefits. It can potentially provide the cheapest electricity in the country avoiding the need for long haul transportation and handling of coal as required by other planned coal power plants in Bangladesh which are mostly relying on imported coal.  Datuk Michael Tang PJN, Executive Chairman of GCM, said “The JV agreement and EPC contract are key milestones for the development of the 2nd proposed 2,000MW power plant project at the mine site and aligns with GCM’s strategy to present a holistic power solution to the government of Bangladesh which can generate 6,000MW at the lowest cost for the country.  The Phulbari Coal and power project will deliver a significant multiplier effect on the nation’s advancement.”    Ding Zheng Guo, Chairman of PowerChina International Group Limited, stated: “POWERCHINA is delighted to be a partner with GCM to deliver an integrated mine and power plant for the people of Bangladesh. Completing the JV agreement and EPC Contract were very important steps in progressing the combined project. As the power plant contractor, we are committed to a positive relationship with the community and to construct an environmentally friendly power plant for the benefit of the local people. GCM had earlier on signed a joint development agreement for a separate 2,000MW of coal fired power plants in the same area with another China State Owned Enterprise.  
Category: Power
Rural people happy as electricity reaches door steps
January 17, 2019 Thursday 7:03 PM By BSS
Rural people in Khulna are happy as electricity has reached their door steps, making their lives easier. Consumers of Khulna villages do not need to hang around behind the officers and employees of Khulna Palli Biddyut Samity (Rural Electricity Samity) of Khulna. Employees of the Samity are now going to consumers’ doors with a mobile van-car decorated a banner ‘Alor Feriwala, Matro 5-10 minute-e Biddut Sanjog, Khulna Palli Biddut Samity’, Peddler of light, Electricity connection within 5 to 10 minutes, Khulna Rural Electricity Samity.’ While visiting Senerbazar area under Rupsha upazila in Khulna on Wednesday this reporter found that employees of the Biddyut Samity knocked different houses and asked them to take electricity connection if they did not get it earlier. Talking to BSS, Mahmud Hassan, an employee of Pally Biddyut Samity of Sener Bazar Zonal Office, said, “We connect electricity within 5 to 10 minutes after taking government fees.” “Consumers do not need to hang around our office for electricity connection. No extra charges are being taken from them,” he added. Amzad Mia, a farmer, who got new electricity connection last month, said, “I did not face any harassment or give them any extra charge to get new electricity connection,” Senior General Manager of Khulna Pally Biddyut Samity Shahiduzzaman told BSS that they are providing electricity connections to consumers under the scheme. General Manager of the Samity Engineer Zulfiqar told BSS, “We initiated ‘Alor Ferrywala’ service on January 06, 2018 with a view to provide better services to our consumers.” “Consumers are getting electricity connection after paying only Tk 965 to the government. We have not received any complain from consumers,” he said, adding that the service would continue till hundred percent electricity coverage is not completed. A total of six upazilas have been brought under full electricity coverage last year while 59 unions and two pourasavas of remained three upazilas in the district have been brought under 80 percent coverage, he said. Out of 2, 62,811 consumers, two lakh people under four zonal offices of Pally Biddyut Samity have been brought under electricity coverage, he said, adding that remained consumers will get this benefit by June, 2019.
Category: Power
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