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Delhis power plants suffering for Gas shortage
Delhis power plants suffering for Gas shortage
The Delhi government's 1500MW gas-based plant in Bawana has been in the news for the past few years because of the gas crisis. The plant was pitched as a solution to the capital's dependence on other states for meeting its power demand. But, shortage of gas to operate the plant has made it more of a liability. Discoms have not yet sourced power from the plant this [...]
Siemens awarded Ashuganj power plant components supply contract
Siemens awarded Ashuganj power plant components supply contract
Siemens Energy has been awarded a contract for the supply of components and spare parts for three power plant blocks being built in Ashuganj in eastern Bangladesh. Under the contract, the company will supply an SGT5-4000F gas turbine, an SST-3000 steam turbine, a SGen5-2000H generator, as well as operational spare parts for the Ashuganj North power plant block. In addition, S [...]
Summit installing gas turbine at Bibiyana power plant
Summit installing gas turbine at Bibiyana power plant
Summit has begun installing 230MW gas turbine at the Bibiyana phase two gas-fired combined cycle power plant. The 300-tonne turbine has recently been mobilised from Mongla port to the Bibiyana project site. Summit officials said the turbine made by the GE, USA was the most efficient gas turbine in the market, as it takes less fuel to generate more power. “Because of low [...]
PM directs to realise arrear power bills and land development taxes
PM directs to realise arrear power bills and land development taxes
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed the secretaries to select the development projects through effective inter-ministerial coordination taking public interest into consideration. The other directives of the PM are to realise arrear power bills, land development taxes and make database for selecting the beneficiaries of the government's social safety programme. The PM also [...]
Govt approved Ghorasal 365 MW power plant
Govt approved Ghorasal 365 MW power plant
The government has approved the Ghorasal 365-megawatt (MW) power plant. Presided over by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on 8th April in Dhaka endorsed the Ghorasal power station project at a cost of Tk 25.11 billion (US$306.32 million) and three other projects with a combined outlay of of Tk 2.82 billion. ECNE [...]
Third contract for Rooppur NPP likely in May
Third contract for Rooppur NPP likely in May
Rosatom expects to sign with Bangladesh the third and final contract for preparatory phase for construction of Rooppur NPP in coming May. This was disclosed by Valeri Limarenko, Director General of NIAEP-ASE, sister concern of Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation while talking to reporters in Moscow recently. “The already singed contracts allow us to [...]
Dhaka New Delhi agreed in principle Interconnection for electricity
Dhaka New Delhi agreed in principle Interconnection for electricity
Dhaka and New Delhi have agreed in principle to explore possibility of developing an interconnection for electricity transmission line involving Bangladesh and India’s north-eastern and north-western side. This agreement in principle came at the 7th meeting of the Joint Steering Committee on Power Sector Cooperation held at a local hotel. Bangladesh Power Secretary Monwa [...]
Rooppur nuke plant safer than Fukushima: Russian Ambassador
Rooppur nuke plant safer than Fukushima: Russian Ambassador
Russian Ambassador in Dhaka Alexander A Nikolaev said the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) is safe for Bangladesh saying those are opposing its construction have a wrong perception. I must tell you the reactor which is designed for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant isn’t just safe enough, but is at least 10 times safer than Fukushima (Nuclear power plant) one,” he told [...]
India Bangladesh Power Secretaries meeting
India Bangladesh Power Secretaries meeting
A high level Indian delegation led by Mr. P.K. Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India will visit Dhaka to attend a meeting of the Joint Steering Committee on the Power Sector on April 2-3, 2014 in Dhaka along with Mr. Monowar Islam, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.  This will be the 7th meeting of the [...]
Moheshkhali island in Bay identified as energy hub
Moheshkhali island in Bay identified as energy hub
The government has identified Moheshkhali island in the Bay of Bengal as an energy hub by implementing there power plants and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal to boost the country's overall economy. It has also a plan to build a deep sea port near Moheshkhali at Sonadia island in the Bay. While visiting the island, State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy a [...]
Deal singed with China to set up power plant in Patuakhali
Deal singed with China to set up power plant in Patuakhali
Bangladesh on 19 march signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China to set up a 1320 MW coal-based power plant in Patuakhali. This will be the second such project after the 1320MW Rampal power project in Bagerhat for which Bangladesh signed a contract with neighbouring India. The location also close to the Sundarbans. Bangladeshi state-owned North West Power Generati [...]
Bangladesh wants to buy 500 MW of electricity from Nepal.
Bangladesh wants to buy 500 MW of electricity from Nepal.
Bangladesh wants to buy 500 MW of electricity from the Upper Karnali and Upper Marsyangdi-II hydro-power projects in Nepal.power divisions officials said. Bangladesh has evinced interest in buying electricity from the 600 MW Upper Marsyangdi-II hydro-power project, jointly developed by the Nepal Purchase Energy Limited with Indian infrastructure major GMR Group and Internation [...]
German Ambassador worries about Rampal, Rooppur power plants
German Ambassador worries about Rampal, Rooppur power plants
German Ambassador in Dhaka Dr Albrecht Conze has expressed concern over the government's recent decisions to construct a coal-fired power plant not far from the Sundarbarns and a nuclear power plant near Pabna, reports UNB. Questioning some of Bangladesh's energy choices, especially two projects, Rampal power plant and Ruppur nuclear power plant, the envoy said energy gen [...]
National Committee to protest power prices hike on Mar 24
National Committee to protest power prices hike on Mar 24
  National Committee to Protect Oil and Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports will hold an demonstration on Mar 24 to protest the recent hike in power prices. The citizen's platform Member Secretary Anu Mohammad on 14th March said a rally would be held in front of the National Press Club. Further agitation programmes would be announced from rally, he said while [...]
Power price hike 6.96%
Power price hike 6.96%
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has increased the retail power tariff by 6.96% per unit (kilowatt-hour) on an average, with the price rising from Tk5.75 to Tk6.15; a price hike of Tk0.40. BERC has also introduced a new slab of “lifeline tariff” for domestic power users who consume between 1-50 units. For this group of consumers, the power price was n [...]
Govt begins fresh negotiation with the RPP suppliers
Govt begins fresh negotiation with the RPP suppliers
The government has begun a fresh negotiation with the private power suppliers to extend the contracts by up to five years in wake of its failure to set up new plants. On 9th March, the power division officials held a meeting with two power suppliers, Aggreko International for its 145 MW gas-fired plant at Ghorashal and NEPC for its 110 MW furnace oil-fired plant at Haripur, [...]
Photo Exhibition on Nuclear Energy begins in the city
Photo Exhibition on Nuclear Energy begins in the city
Dhaka, March 08, 2014: A weeklong Photo Exhibition titled “Energy of the Future Generation” kicks off today at the Nuclear Energy Information Centre of Novo Theater in the city. The exhibition is jointly organised by Bangabandhu Novo Theater and Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation. Yeafesh Osman, State Minister for Science and Technology formal [...]
DPDC & DESCO proposed to raise power price on BERC hearing
DPDC & DESCO proposed to raise power price on BERC hearing
The DPDC, however, had proposed to raise it by 23.50 percent on 5th March, the second day of the public hearing organised by the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC). But the BERC evaluation committee recommended an increase of 6.03 percent. Consumers’ Association of Bangladesh adviser Shamsul Alam, Communist Party leader Ruhin Hossain Prince and leftist platfo [...]
India assures Bangladesh of giving 100-MW electricity
India assures Bangladesh of giving 100-MW electricity
NAY PYI TAW, March 4, 2014:  Bangladesh today obtained an assurance from India to get 100-MW power from Tripura grid to meet its growing demand. Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, in response to a request from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, gave the assurance in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 3rd BIMSTEC Summit here. After the meeting, Banglade [...]
Public hearing start for electricity price hike
Public hearing start for electricity price hike
Power Development Board (PDB) and West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDC) on 4 March proposed increasing electricity tariff by 15.50 percent and 8.59 percent respectively to help them cut growing losses. In reply, the technical committee of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Berc) said the regulator might consider increasing the retail tariff by 6.66 percent o [...]
Govt approve 2 more rental to purchase electricity for next five years
Govt approve 2 more rental to purchase electricity for next five years
  The Cabinet Purchase Committee approved on 2 march proposals of the Power Division to extend contracts with two more rental power plants to purchase electricity for next five years. These two power projects are Max Power Ltd's 78.5 MW plant at Ghorasal in Narsingdi and DPA Power Generation's 50 MW plant at Pagla in Narayanganj. After the cabinet body's nod, t [...]
Russia and Finland Sign Strategic Nuclear Partnership Agreement
Russian Federation and Finland have signed a strategic agreement for peaceful use of nuclear energy at a ceremony, held in Helsinki on February 25, 2014. The agreement creates a legal basis for future cooperation between Russia and Finland in the field of nuclear technologies. Sergey Kiriyenko, Director General of the Russian state corporation- Rosatom, and Jan Vapaavuori, Min [...]
$600mn WB funds for rural power
$600mn WB funds for rural power
The World Bank Board has approved $ 600 million for Bangladesh to improve the country's “quality” of power supply in rural areas. The funds would be used in the Rural Electricity Transmission and Distribution Project “to reduce system losses and enhance capacity” in the electricity network, the global lender said in a media release on Friday. Only [...]
Master plan would fix up deadline to implement the power plants
Master plan would fix up deadline to implement the power plants
The government is going to revise its power system master plan by setting separate timeframe for implementing the power projects as the private sector sponsors have failed to commission the mega projects on time, an official said. The revised master plan would fix up the deadlines to implement the individual power plants and though it has already been delayed, he said, adding, [...]
Power subsidy stands Tk 2834.26 crore last seven months
Power subsidy stands Tk 2834.26 crore last seven months
Power subsidy stands Tk 2834.26 crore during last seven months of this fiscal since July’13 to January’14. According to the BPDB officials, the board incurred a loss of Tk 344.38 crore in each of December’13 and January this year for selling power with Tk 1.36 per unit bulk tariff gap, as the board has to purchase electricity at higher rates than its gets by [...]
Russia interest to invest in increasing gas and power production
Russia interest to invest in increasing gas and power production
Russia has expressed its interest in investment in increasing gas supply to the national grid from abandoned and existing fields and power generation through increasing efficiency of the old plants through its state-run gas corporation Gazprom International, officials said. On 25th February, a delegation led by Alexander A Nilolaev, Russian Federation ambassador to Bangladesh, [...]
Five power companies Hearing on tariff raise on Mar 4-6
Five power companies Hearing on tariff raise on Mar 4-6
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has fixed hearing on power-tariff hike between March 4 and March 6 as per proposals submitted by five distribution companies for fresh raise in electricity rates ranging between 8.57 percent and 23.50 percent. The BERC took the decision to hold hearing on tariff hike during a meeting on 23th February with BERC Chairman AR Rahman [...]
ADB provides $310mn to improve reliable power supply in Bangladesh
ADB provides $310mn to improve reliable power supply in Bangladesh
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide 310 million U.S. dollars in loans to improve Bangladesh's power supply system and reduce power outages and shortages, according to an agreement signed here on 11th February. The assistance is the second tranche of ADB financing under an overall multi-donor-supported project entitled Power System Expansion and Efficiency Improvem [...]
PDB set up Bibiyana-1 plant using money of the Electricity Funds
PDB set up Bibiyana-1 plant using money of the Electricity Funds
The Power Development Board has decided to set up a 400MW power plant at Bibiyana in Sylhet using the money of the Electricity Maintenance and Development Fund which was created from increased price of electricity. The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission created the fund with 5.17 per cent of the increased price of bulk power effected in two stages, February 1 and August 1 [...]
Without meeting all safety Rooppur plant will be suicidal: Experts
Without meeting all safety Rooppur plant will be suicidal: Experts
Constructing the Rooppur nuclear power plant without meeting all safety and environmental standards and preparation of skilled human resource could be a suicidal move, said experts at a discussion on 15th February. The discussion, “Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant: Prospects and Concerns”, was organised by Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa) and Doctors for Health and En [...]
National Committee hold protest 26 Feb demand for cancel Rampal
National Committee hold protest 26 Feb demand for cancel Rampal
National Committee for Protection of Oil-Gas and Mineral Resource, Electricity Sector and Ports will hold protest rallies in Dhaka and other divisional cities on February 26, demanding cancellation of the Rampal plant. “While the coal fired power plant is enough to destroy the Sundarbans, it has already accelerated illegal land grabbing in the forest area,” said [...]
First ever Russian nuclear fuel for Western reactor
First ever Russian nuclear fuel for Western reactor
The Russian-developed and manufactured TVS Kvadrat (TVS-K) fuel will be destined for the Ringhals 3, pressurised water reactor (PWR) of Sweden. Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer- TVEL, a sister concern of Rosatom, for the first time in history to supply such fuel assembly for the western design reactors. Under an agreement signed between TVEL and Swedish state-owned concern - [...]
Power Distribution thru prepaid metres by 2021
Power Distribution thru prepaid metres by 2021
The country’s entire power distribution system will be brought under prepaid metering system by 2021, said State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid here on Sunday. He made the announcement at a contract signing ceremony of Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC) at Bidyut Bhaban. The DPDC signed a contract with Bangladesh Diesel Plant Ltd, (BDPL), an equip [...]
Electricity price could rise
Electricity price could rise
Electricity tariff for retail customers could go up this or next month as the government gave a nod to the energy ministry's move to rationalise the price for cutting subsidies. The tariff might be raised on the basis of proposals from the distributors to the energy regulator in December 2012. The utility companies have proposed a hike between 9 and 12 percent. The issue o [...]
Delhi power discoms moves Supreme Court against NTPC
Delhi power discoms moves Supreme Court against NTPC
PTI  New Delhi, February 6, 2014: Reliance Group-owned power distribution companies in Delhi today approached the Supreme Court against NTPC's notice threatening to cut off power supply for not clearing outstanding dues. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam, before whom the matter was mentioned for an urgent hearing, listed the case for tomorrow. The counsel [...]
Rampal plant needs clean tech: experts
Rampal plant needs clean tech: experts
" The new government will fast-track the 1,320-megawatt coal-based Rampal Power Plant. Technologies are available in the world to address environmental and other concerns about the coal-based plant. We will employ them, and the plant will be completed quickly." said Energy Adviser Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury. He spoke at a seminar styled 'Coal Power Generation in B [...]
Rosatom starts discussion on construction of Jordan s 1st NPP
Sergey Kiriyenko, Director General of Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear company made an official visit to Jordan to discuss perspectives of construction of the first Jordanian NPP. The Head of Rosatom met by the King of Jordan, Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein to apprise him the latest development and future plan regarding implementation of the project. Besides, Russian atomic ex [...]
Govt may curtail the revised budget for Rooppur power plant
Govt may curtail the revised budget for Rooppur power plant
The government is likely to curtail 62% of the budget for the execution of the first phase of the country’s first nuclear power plant at Rooppur in the revised budget of the current fiscal year. Because of  Russian are not satisfied with the progress of the work. A official of Science and Technology ministry said, “We have completed the revised budget of th [...]
Tolerable load-shedding this summer: power minister
Tolerable load-shedding this summer: power minister
The government is looking to bring down load-shedding to zero during next summer, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said. During a visit to the Desco head office On 28th January, he said there was no load-shedding in the country at present as the government had successfully enhanced generation capacity to over 10,000MW. Desco Chairman M [...]
Ecnec approved 3 power sector projects
Ecnec approved 3 power sector projects
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved On 26th January, 13 development projects involving Tk 91.10 billion (9,110 crore) along with three big projects in the power sector, including a 275mw (megawatt) coal-based power plant at Barapukuria. The approval came at its meeting held at the NEC conference room with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Mi [...]
There will be no load shed from 2021 in Bangladesh: Power minister
There will be no load shed from 2021 in Bangladesh: Power minister
The Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Nasrul Hamid Bipu said that, there will be no load shedding in Bangladesh from the year 2021. He further said that the present government is working on a project to produce more 24 thousand Mega Watt of electricity. On 24th January at a mass communication function held on South Keranigong’s “Dolesshor School and Colle [...]
Tripura demand to finalizing power trading project with Bangladesh
Tripura demand to finalizing power trading project with Bangladesh
Tripura power minister Manik Dey on 23 January demanded finalizing of India's power trading project with Bangladesh, in which Tripura will play a key role. He said India had agreed two years ago to supply power to Bangladesh from Tripura's quota in the Palatana power project, after Sheikh Hasina granted permission to ONGC's thermal power company, OTPC, to move dimensio [...]
Govt to provide $302m fund for  Rampal power project
Govt to provide $302m fund for Rampal power project
The government would provide $302 million fund support as equity to Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for implementing 1320MW joint venture coal-based power project at Rampal, the cost for which is around $2 billion. “The finance ministry has fixed the module to disburse the amount in the form of loans. However, we sought support from the finance ministry earli [...]
Japan funds for new power plant in Mozambique
Japan funds for new power plant in Mozambique
Japan is to fund the $174m construction of new gas-fired power plant in Mozambique to help the southern African nation’s fast-growing economy keep up with electricity demand. Mozambique has seen a spike in foreign investment since it hit on huge gas reserves, but power shortages threaten the development of industry and economic growth. Power demand, which is at about 80 [...]
Palatana power plans 2nd unit wiil be operational by June
Palatana power plans 2nd unit wiil be operational by June
ONGC's second unit of gas-fired thermal power project at Palatana in Tripura will be operational in June this year. "After the successful operation of the first unit (363 MW) of the power plant, we have set a target of making the second unit operational by June this year. We hope that the second unit start generation before the target time," a officials told. 6 [...]
MAN received to supply power plant engine to asia & africa
MAN received to supply power plant engine to asia & africa
MAN Diesel & Turbo has received two orders to supply power plant engines to Asia and Africa. Together, the two supply projects are worth Euro 60 million. For the Bangladeshi Maisha Group MAN Diesel & Turbo is to supply twelve 18V32/40 engines to the state capital Dhaka. The engines will be employed in a power plant delivering 108 MW of electricity, which will provi [...]
Interview With Sergey Kiriyenko
Interview With Sergey Kiriyenko
During the exclusive interview with ITAR-TASS Sergey Kiriyenko, Director General of Rosatom, Russia’s State Nuclear Energy Corporation revealed the achievements of 2013 and the goals set 2014. What place does the State Corporation Rosatom take in the international arena? - Rosatom is in the leading place in the world. However, one should treat its competitiveness with [...]
Russia to increase Hungary s nuclear power capacity
Russia to increase Hungary s nuclear power capacity
Russian state nuclear power company Rosatom will expand Hungary's only nuclear power plant, more than doubling its capacity in the biggest construction project in Hungary's post-Communist history. Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed an agreement on Tuesday on the project at Paks, in central Hungary, which already run [...]
REPOWERING: Concept for Inceasing of Electicity in Bangladesh
REPOWERING: Concept for Inceasing of Electicity in Bangladesh
Dip Azad: It is well understand that Bangladesh is facing severe power crisis since long. Most of our power plants become older and substantially de-rated   even from its low capacity and efficiency (Maximum 35%). Thus, we are also loosing our existing power capacity as many of existing power stations are frequently out of operations although overhauling and schedule [...]
Highest demand for power during the irrigation season
Highest demand for power during the irrigation season
The Bangladesh Power Division has estimated the demand of 1,700MW of power for boro irrigation in the coming season. In last year’s boro season about 3.09 lakh electricity driven irrigation pumps consumed 1,519MW of power. It was also estimated that the country’s highest demand for power during next boro irrigation season between January and May at 7,500MW which [...]
ROSATOM is in discussion for construction of 40 nuclear units abroad
Russia’s state nuclear corporation-Rosatom’s foreign order portfolio to date comprises 20 nuclear power reactors and construction of 40 more reactors is under discussion with various countries. This was informed by Sergey Kirienko, Director General of Rosatom during his meeting with Vladimir Putin, President of Russia on January 9, 2014. “After Fukushima we h [...]
China grant a loan for nuclear plants in Pakistan
China grant a loan for nuclear plants in Pakistan
Pakistan sets target at 40,000 MW of electricity through nuclear plants by 2050.China has committed $6.5 billion to finance the construction of a major nuclear power project in Pakistan's port city of Karachi as it seeks to strengthen ties with its strategic partner, China National Nuclear Cooperation (CNNC) has promised to grant a loan of at least $6.5 billion to financ [...]
ROSATOM to get US$ 2.4 Billion from Govt. for Nuclear Industry Growth
Russian Govt. has allocated a fund US$ 2.4 billion to state energy corporation – ROSATOM, as 'in-kind' contributions for the growth of nuclear industry. Out of the amount US$ 680 Million will be used as subsidy for constructing nuclear power plants abroad. Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev issued a directive in this regard recently. The Russian Governme [...]
Hydropower import from Nepal, Bhutan
Hydropower import from Nepal, Bhutan
The Bangladesh government has invited its Indian counterpart to hold the seventh Dhaka-Delhi secretary level meeting here between January 11 and January 12, 2014 aiming to focus on regional interconnectivity through sharing hydroelectric potentiality with Nepal and Bhutan, bangladesh power division's official said. He said, “We have already invited Indian counte [...]
West Bengal plans to sell power to Bangladesh in 2014
West Bengal plans to sell power to Bangladesh in 2014
West Bengal will be in a position to sell 2500 units of power to Bangladesh in 2014, the state power minister Manish Gupta recently said. "We are presently selling our surplus power to states like Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Rajasthan. From next year, we will sell around 2,500 units of power to Bangladesh," Gupta told after a departmental review meeting [...]
Russia to build and finance Finnish Nuke Plant
Russia to build and finance Finnish Nuke Plant
Rusatom Overseas, a subsidiary of Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation – Rosatom and Finnish nuclear power consortium - Fennovoima have signed a number of contracts on December 21, 2013 in Helsinki, pertaining to set up of a nuclear power plant in northern part of Finland. Under the contracts Rusatom Overseas will build Hanhikivi-1 NPP of 1,200 MW capacity in [...]
Bangladesh needs $40b by 2030 to produce 40 thousand MW Power
Bangladesh needs $40b by 2030 to produce 40 thousand MW Power
22 dec.2013: The government would require 40 billion dollar to produce 40 thousand megawatts (MW) of electricity by the year 2030. Bangladesh Power Secretary Monowar Islam told reporters at a workshop on “Sustainable Energy Security: Options for Bangladesh”. The workshop was jointly organised by the Power Division and the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company [...]
Saarc region hydro power potential is 250,000MW
Saarc region hydro power potential is 250,000MW
16 december 2013, Experts and environmental scientists have called for cooperative and effective management at regional level to address the issues relating to water resources, energy and climate change. They were addressing “International consultative workshop on energy cooperation, climate change and water management: initiatives for regional integration”, which [...]
First unit of India s Kudankulam NPP reaches 50pc of its capacity
Russia built first power unit of the Kudankulam NPP in Tamil Nadu of India has successfully reached 50pc of its installed production capacity recently. The electricity load of the unit at the moment is 420 MW. The power unit was connected to national grid on October 22 with 75MW of production and synchronization was successful. The unit will attain its 100pc of production in [...]
Power Divisions team leave Dhaka for sign coal-fired power plant
Power Divisions team leave Dhaka for sign coal-fired power plant
A team of the Power Division is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Malaysia on December 16 to sign two separate deals to set up yet another 1320MW coal-fired power plant in a joint-venture (equal share) basis at Moheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar. Power Division's officials said.“We are going on a three-day visit to Malaysia for signing two separate deals – a Memorand [...]
ADB approved $350 million loan for Indian Power Project
ADB approved $350 million loan for Indian Power Project
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $350 million loan for power asset upgrades that will allow the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh to meet booming consumer demand for power. “The state has made impressive network gains in recent years but demand is outstripping supply, and the quality of electricity needs further improvements, especially in rural areas,” [...]
Govt okays $552m hard loans for 3 power projects
Govt okays $552m hard loans for 3 power projects
The government approved hard loans of half a billion US dollar for three power development projects. The ministry of power, energy and mineral resources official said the 'non-concessional loan committee' of the government, headed by Finance Minister AMA Muhith, approved taking of US$552 million hard loan. $257 million loan will be borrowed for setting up a 331-megawatt [...]
Bangladesh will not get 500 MW of electricity from India
Bangladesh will not get 500 MW of electricity from India
For transmission and systems loss Bangladesh will not get the 500 megawatt (MW) of electricity from India as agreed under a deal. Economic Relations Division's (ERD) secretary Abul Kalam Ajad said `Transmission and systems loss would eat up at least 6.0 per cent of the total electricity import. We can get maximum 470 MW of electricity from India under the existing contrac [...]
More Russian nuclear power units in China expected
More Russian nuclear power units in China expected
In the 17th meeting of Russia-China subcommittee on nuclear issues held recently, Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation - ROSATOM and China Atomic Energy Authority discussed the possibility of construction of four more power units of Taiwan Nuclear Power Project (TNPP) in China. Russian Minister for Energy Aleksander Novak expressed Russia’s interest in setting up those [...]
Bangladesh starts getting 422 MW of electricity from India
Bangladesh starts getting 422 MW of electricity from India
The state-run Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) has started importing 422MW of power from Indian grid since 3 December, Tuesday morning. On the day, Indian public sector power authority NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam supplied 175MW of power and its private sector authority PTC India Limited supplied 247MW of power, officials said. PGCB's managing director Chowdhury Alamg [...]
Russia to Build Eight Nuclear Power Units in South Africa
On Monday (25 November, 2013) Russia’s State Corporation- Rosatom and the Ministry of Energy of the RSA initialled the agreement on strategic partnership and cooperation in the field of nuclear power engineering and industry. This was stated by Sergei Kirienko, Director General of Rosatom at the forum ATOMEX – Africa. “We have coordinated and initialled the [...]
Anti-nuke protesters booked in connection with explosion near Kudankulam
Anti-nuke protesters booked in connection with explosion near Kudankulam
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 | PTI | Chennai: Police have booked anti-nuclear protesters including S P Uthayakumar RPT Uthayakumar in connection with the explosion at a village near Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in which six persons including three children were killed. Uthayakumar, head of the anti-nuclear People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy, his associates Pushpara [...]
EIB to provide loan for Bangladesh s power sector project
EIB to provide loan for Bangladesh s power sector project
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing €82m loan to Bangladesh in support of a project that aims to boost the country's power generation, transmission and distribution capacity.The loan will finance two specific projects under the program that include conversion of the Baghabari and Shagibacar gas-fired plants to combined-cycle power plants, leading to efficien [...]
Russia to commission two more nuclear power unit in 2014
Russia to commission two more nuclear power unit in 2014
In addition to the planned commissioning of one unit of Leningrad NPP, the third power unit with a capacity 1100MW of Rostov NPP will be commissioned ahead of the schedule in, 2014. Sergey Kirienko Head of Rosatom, Russia’s State Nuclear Energy Corporation confirmed the news during his visit to the Rostov NPP recently. According to Kirienko, the fourth unit of the plant [...]
Objective Analysis of Power Sector Performance
Objective Analysis of Power Sector Performance
Saleque Sufi: The government of Sheikh Hasina led Grand Alliance on the evening of 12th achievement for touching the milestone in power generation capacity of 10,000-megawatt with a grand and cheerful jubilation. The celebration was launched in the evening with a spectacular fireworks and laser show at the picturesque Hatirjheel Lake in the capital. The lake, meticulously desi [...]
Bangladesh plans to increase power generation capacity to 24,000MW
Bangladesh plans to increase power generation capacity to 24,000MW
The government has unveiled a plan to generate 24,000 MW of electricity by the year 2021 to meet the country's growing demand for power. At a seminar held at Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka on 18 November, the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDP) unveiled a strategy paper titled “Power sector master plan 2010: Strategy towards 24,000 MW by 2021”. While presenting [...]
Bangladesh holds talk with Russia on 3rd contract of Rooppur NPP
Bangladesh holds talk with Russia on 3rd contract of Rooppur NPP
The visiting Bangladesh delegation held discussions with their Russian counterpart on the proposed third contract for the preparatory phase of Rooppur nuclear power plant, in Belorussia.  Bangladesh side was represented by officials and experts from Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and  the Ministry of Science and Technology .On the other hand Russian side was [...]
Bangladesh touches 10,000-MW generation milestone
Bangladesh touches 10,000-MW generation milestone
Bangladesh, starving for less than 4,000 megawatt electricity only five years back, today celebrated touching the milestone of power generation capacity of 10,000-MW with a grand and cheerful jubilation. The celebration was launched this evening with a spectacular fireworks and laser show at picturesque Hatirjheel Lake, enjoyed by thousands of people. The lake, meticulous [...]
Celebrate 10,000MW Power Generation Capacity
Celebrate 10,000MW Power Generation Capacity
The government will tomorrow celebrate its achievement in increasing the country’s power generation capacity up over to 10,000MW leaving up to 39 per cent of the capacity unused.   According to the data for Friday available with the state-run Power Development Board, the installed power generation capacity is 10,213MW while over 4,000MW of it has no use due to shor [...]
Bangladesh-Sri Lanka sign deal on power plant
Bangladesh-Sri Lanka sign deal on power plant
Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) has signed an agreement with Lakthanavi Power Ltd, a Sri Lankan firm, to set up a 52 MW dual-fuel power plant in Jangalia under Commilla district within next 15 months. According to the agreement, the Sri Lankan firm will set up the power plant with capacity of 52.2 MW. Gas and furnace oil would be use here as a primary fuel, however, wh [...]
ADB Provides Additional Financing for Bangla-Indo Electrical Grid
ADB Provides Additional Financing for Bangla-Indo Electrical Grid
DHAKA, BANGLADESH (23 October 2013): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Bangladesh today signed a loan agreement for $12 million in additional financing for a cross-border electricity initiative between Bangladesh and India. Md. Abul Kalam Azad, Secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD) and M. Teresa Kho, Country Director for ADB’s Bangladesh Re [...]
NPP Construction Worldwide for 2030 Reaches  Pre-Fukushima - Kiryenko
NPP Construction Worldwide for 2030 Reaches Pre-Fukushima - Kiryenko
Saint Petersburg. 22 October,2013 – The general forecast for construction of nuclear power plants worldwide for 2030 reaches  the pre-Fukushima level, stated the head of the state corporation Rosatom Sergei Kiryenko on Tuesday in the framework of the VI Regional Public Forum-Dialogue on Nuclear Energy, Society, Security,held in  St.Petersburg. “Geograph [...]
India s Kudankulam NPP links up with Power Grid
India s Kudankulam NPP links up with Power Grid
The first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was tusday synchronised with the southern power grid, marking a major milestone in power generation by the ambitious India-Russia nuclear collaboration in Tamil Nadu. "The synchronisation of Unit 1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was done at 2.45 am ( IST). It is generating 75 MWe," KNPP Site Director R S [...]
Govt wont do anything that will harm Sundarbans
Govt wont do anything that will harm Sundarbans
BHERAMARA, Kushtia, Oct 5, 2013: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today assured that her government won't do anything which would cause damage to the Sundarbans, the world heritage site. "I think that the people should keep faith in me that the Sundarbans will not be damaged, and Sheikh Hasina won't do anything that will harm the country," she said. The Prime [...]
Indo-Bangla Electricity gridline opens
Indo-Bangla Electricity gridline opens
Electricity flowing from India to Bangladesh through a new transmission line. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (October 05. 2013) inaugurated the much-awaited Bangladesh-India inter- grid power connectivity heralding a new horizon of partnership and cooperation in power sector between Dhaka and New Delhi. Under the project, a power transmission centre, a substation and 98- [...]
Nuclear Energy Information Centre opened in the city
Nuclear Energy Information Centre opened in the city
Dhaka, October 1, 2013: To provide information on atomic energy to the people of Bangladesh, a Nuclear Energy Information Centre has been opened at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheatre at Bijoy Sarani in the city today, October 1. Yeafesh Osman, Hon’ble State Minister for Science and Technology formally inaugurated the Information Centre. The opening of the [...]
Russian company to develop Rooppur NPP engineering design
Russian company to develop Rooppur NPP engineering design
Rooppur, Pabna, October 2, 2013: Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) has signed an agreement with NIAEP, Management Company of Russian Atomstroyexport for developing the engineering design for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. In presence of Sergei Kirienko, Director General of Russian State Energy Corporation - Rosatom, HE Alexander Nikolaev, Russian Ambassador to Banglades [...]
Electricity will tomorrow begin to flow from India to Bangladesh
Electricity will tomorrow begin to flow from India to Bangladesh
Electricity will tomorrow begin to flow from India to Bangladesh through a new transmission line, marking South Asia’s first-ever high voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnection between two countries and a key step forward in regional power sharing and cooperation. The transmission line will link the eastern electrical grid of India to the western grid of Bangladesh [...]
Top brass of Russian Nuclear Energy Corporation in Dhaka on October 1
Top brass of Russian Nuclear Energy Corporation in Dhaka on October 1
Dhaka, Bangladesh, September 30, 2013 - Sergey Kirienko, Director General of Rosatom, State Nuclear Energy Corporation of Russia arrives in Dhaka on October 1, 2013. He will be heading a high-powered delegation from Russia comprising high government officials, nuclear energy experts, nuclear educationists and others. During his visit S. Kirienko will accompany Sheikh Hasina, [...]
Bangladesh got Indian Power
Bangladesh got Indian Power
Bangladesh on Friday started drawing power from the Indian grid on a trial basis through a 103-kilometre high-voltage transmission line between Baharampur in Pashchim Banga and Bheramara in Kushtia, officials said. Power Grid Company of Bangladesh is coordinating the transmission from India to Bangladesh. ‘The Indian side started feeding power into the grid at 10:45am. [...]
Rosatom plans to construct 24 new nuclear power unites by 2030
Rosatom plans to construct 24 new nuclear power unites by 2030
The program of development of the Russian nuclear industry involves the construction of 24 new nuclear power units equipped with VVER reactors by 2030. This was disclosed by Jukka Laaksonen, Vice President of Rusatom Overseas, a subsidiary of ROSATOM, state nuclear energy corporation of Russia while speaking during the 2nd European Nuclear Power Briefing 2013 held between Septe [...]
Foundation Stone of Rampal Power Plant to be laid on 22th Oct
Foundation Stone of Rampal Power Plant to be laid on 22th Oct
Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, adviser to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday said that the foundation stone of coal- fired power project at Rampal near Sundarban would be laid on October 22 this year. “It would be built using the latest ultra super critical technology, so it would not affect environment of Sundarban’” the energy adviser said this at a [...]
Rosatom Will Put in Commission the First Power Unit of Bushehr NPP
Rosatom Will Put in Commission the First Power Unit of Bushehr NPP
On the 24th of September Rosatom Will Put in Commission the First Power Unit of “Bushehr” NPP. Construction of the two-unit NPP with a total capacity of 2,460 MWt under the project of the Siemens/KWU concern was launched at the “Bushehr” side in the mid-seventies. The 1979 revolution in Iran resulted in overthrow of the monarchy and assumption of power [...]
National Committee Long March start
National Committee Long March start
National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports will start its five day Dhaka-Sundarban Long March today (Tuesday) to press scrapping the Rampal Thermal Power Plant project including its seven point demand. The National Committee called on the Awami League-led grand alliance government to scrap the project to save the Sundarban, the largest mangrove [...]
To Save Sundarban National Committee Long March tomorrow
To Save Sundarban National Committee Long March tomorrow
National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports will start its five day Dhaka-Sundarban Long March tomorrow (Tuesday) to press scrapping the Rampal Thermal Power Plant project including its seven point demand. The National Committee called on the Awami League-led grand alliance government to scrap the project to save the Sundarban, the largest [...]
Third Foreign Atomic Energy Information Centre Opens in Dhaka
Third Foreign Atomic Energy Information Centre Opens in Dhaka
Third foreign atomic energy information centre will be open in Dhaka (Bangladesh) on the 2nd of October. It is expected that the prime minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wajed, director general of the State Corporation “Rosatom” Sergey Kiriyenko, representatives of branch enterprises and the nuclear innovation consortium of Russia, a [...]
Ground breaking of Rooppur NPP in the first week of October
Ground breaking of Rooppur NPP in the first week of October
Dhaka, 17th September, 2013: Foundation stone of nuclear power plant at Rooppur, Pabna is planned to be laid in the first week of October. This was confirmed by Sergey Kiriyenko, Head of Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation - Rosatom. Simultaneously a contract for engineering design of the plant will be signed in Dhaka.   Sergey Kiriyenko, along with a high power [...]
Greens call for halt to Rampal power plant project
Greens call for halt to Rampal power plant project
Green activists on Friday demanded that all activities of the project to set up 1,320MW coal-based thermal power plant at Rampal in Bagerhut near the Sundarban be stopped immediately. They made the demand at a rally organised by National Committee to Save the Sundarban in front the National Press Club in the city protesting against government ban on the rally at Foyla of Rampa [...]
Hard-term loan for 3 power plants
Hard-term loan for 3 power plants
FHM Humayan Kabir The Planning Commission (PC) has sent back three power plant project proposals to the Power Division asking the latter to take opinion of the Economic Relations Division (ERD) on its borrowing hard-term loans for setting up the same, officials said Wednesday. The Commission's Project Evaluation Committee (PEC) at its review meeting, held recently, ask [...]
550MW Electricity Impor-Test run starts Sept 23, main supply in mid Oct
550MW Electricity Impor-Test run starts Sept 23, main supply in mid Oct
Bangladesh is going to sign a supplementary power purchase agreement (PPA) with India on importing ‘interim electricity’ from that country, an official said. As per Indian condition, the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) will pay the bill to National Vidyut Vyper Nigam Limited (NVVN) of India for purchasing 550MW of electricity through signing a supplem [...]
No long-term private power plant set up in four years
No long-term private power plant set up in four years
None of the private entrepreneurs who won contracts from the present government to build long-term power plants have yet succeeded in installing them. Since coming to power in 2009, the government awarded contracts to private entrepreneurs for the installation of 28 long-term plants which were expected to have started generating a total of 3,017MW of power by August 2013. No [...]
Ruppur NPP unique : Interview with Marat Mustafin
Ruppur NPP unique : Interview with Marat Mustafin
At the end of June the contract for drafting the documents for substantiating the investments into construction and assessing the impact on the environment, as well as for conducting engineering survey on the site of the Ruppur NPP in Bangladesh was signed. Moscow’s company Atomenergoproekt will be involved in the works, performed in accordance with the contract. Atomener [...]
Rosatom successfully performs at Kudankulam plant
Rosatom successfully performs at Kudankulam plant
12th August   2013, Moscow / Hyderabad :  Rosatom in July 2013,  successfully performed the passive fast-acting boron injection system (PFBIS) of the operating reactor, at Unit 1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant ( NPP). This system has no analogues both in the national and global practice. Successful tests of PFBIS performed at the Indian VVER react [...]
Russia on fishing float rod at the cooling reservoir of Kalinin NPP
Russia on fishing float rod at the cooling reservoir of Kalinin NPP
August 23-25 XVI championship of Russia on fishing float rod, organised by the Russian Association of Public Associations Rosokhotrybolovsoyuz with support of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, JSC Concern Rosenergoatom was held at the cooling reservoir of Kalinin nuclear power plant. The competition attended by 69 top athletes from 12 regions of the Russian Federatio [...]
PM inaugurates power plant in Narayanganj
PM inaugurates power plant in Narayanganj
  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Saturday inaugurated 412 MW combined cycle power plant at Haripur in Narayanganj.   Hasina  addressed a public rally organised by the local Awami League at Shaheed Manju Stadium at Araihazar after inauguration of the power plant.   State-run Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh is implementing the project at $376 m [...]
500MW electricity from India by October: Tawfiq
500MW electricity from India by October: Tawfiq
Prime minister’s adviser Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury on Thursday said that the government would import 500MW of power from India through Baharampur-Bheramara trans-border grid line by October.   The trans-border power trade was scheduled to begin from June this year.   Tawfiq said that the construction of the infrastructure for power import was almost completed [...]
Bangladesh gets Indian power from Oct
Bangladesh gets Indian power from Oct
India is going to supply 250 MW power to Bangladesh from October, a move that will help strengthen trade ties between the two neighbours, an Indian Bengali language daily newspaper reports on August 21. According to the report, Indian’s largest electricity producer National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) will export 250 MW power to Bangladesh from the unallocated quo [...]
Rampal power plant documents sought
Rampal power plant documents sought
Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) on Sunday has applied for all documents relating to the environmental clearance certificate given by Department of environment for the proposed Rampal Power Plant near the Sundarban under the Right to Information. Act. The department recently gave the environmental clearance certificate to the proposed coal-based thermal powe [...]
Govt to buy 60,000 electric poles
Govt to buy 60,000 electric poles
The government is going to buy 60,625 pieces SPC electric pole (Khamba) under a project of Palli Bidyut expansion. Cabinet Committee on Purchase of the government approved the project in a meeting with Finance Minister AMA Muhith in the chair on August 14. Finance Minister AMA Muhith made the disclosure after the meeting held at secretariat. Muhith said, “We have [...]
India to make additional profit Tk 3200 cr annually by exporting electr
India to make additional profit Tk 3200 cr annually by exporting electr
India will make additional profit of Tk 3200 crore annually by exporting electricity in Bangladesh. As a result, five taka will be added with the existing price for per-unit. The export procedure will begin from coming September. Already, complication for installing a tower has been resolved. After City Corporation election, work for setting the tower has been started and it is [...]
Coal-fired power plant deal with Malaysia soon
Coal-fired power plant deal with Malaysia soon
The Power Division is going to place the project summery of 1320MW joint venture coal-fired power plant to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in this week to sign a deal with Malaysia for setting up the project on equal share basis at Moheshkhali Island in Cox’s Bazar, an official source said.   Bangladesh and Malaysia reached a mutual understanding on May to set up the [...]
PM assures timely completion of Rooppur nuke plant
PM assures timely completion of Rooppur nuke plant
  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 7 August, assured that the current government will complete the construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power plant in due time.  She informed this while presiding over the 3rd meeting of the national committee on Rooppur Power Plant Project held at her office.  PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad briefed the reporters after the [...]
Overload causing frequent load-shedding, allege DC s
Overload causing frequent load-shedding, allege DC s
Saiful Islam Vutto: District Commissioner (DC)’s alleged, overload is causing frequent load-shedding across the country especially in the rural areas. On the other hand, 16-point directives were given to the DCs for the uninterrupted power supply. While discussing on Power and Fuel, these directives were given to them in DC conference, held in conference room of Banglad [...]
Russian team visits Rooppur nuke power plant site
Russian team visits Rooppur nuke power plant site
A high-level 12-member Russian delegation visited the proposed site for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Iswardi upazila under Pabna district on July 22. The Russian delegation visited the site to gather for themselves information about sorting out suitable place for preliminary development work, identifying existing establishments and fence mounting. The delegation includes th [...]
Summit Group to import fuel
Summit Group to import fuel
Summit Group has got the government permission to import furnace oil for its Madanganj 102 MW Quick Rental Power Plant.  According to Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (PBC) sources, under the papers of permission Summit Group will be able to import one lakh ton of oil for a year under the direction supervision of BPC. I will also get nine percent service charge and tax w [...]
Inaugurating five power plants: 250-MW imported from India soon: PM
Inaugurating five power plants: 250-MW imported from India soon: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on July 20 laid the foundation of five power plants at Ashuganj in BRAHMANBARIA with combined generation capacity of 1376 megawatt (MW) of electricity. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said national grid would get 250-MW imported power from India very soon. She also inaugurated a 53-megwatt capacity gas-engine operated power plant at Ashuganj. The Pr [...]
Rooppur nuclear plant groundwork starts in September
Rooppur nuclear plant groundwork starts in September
Asif Showkat Kallol: The government has decided to start the groundwork for the much-talked-about Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in September. Bangladesh signed a deal with Russia on January 14 – during a visit by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina – on extension of state export credit to finance the preparatory stage of the plant at Rooppur of Ishwardi upazila in Pabna. [...]
India-Bangladesh power link to be ready by August
India-Bangladesh power link to be ready by August
After the progress in its power cooperation initiative with Pakistan, the government's electricity diplomacy effort on the eastern border with Bangladesh is slated to break new ground, with a mid-August deadline being set for the completion of the ambitious high-capacity transmission link between the electricity grids of the two countries. Bangladesh has also reiterated its [...]
Cabinet okays three power sector proposals
Cabinet okays three power sector proposals
The Cabinet Committee on Purchase has okayed six proposals, including three in the power sector -- two from the Local Government Division and one from the Ministry of Food.   Finance Minister AMA Muhith chaired the meeting held at the Cabinet Division on July 4.   Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, Civil Aviation and Tou [...]
Shops, markets to close after 8pm in first 10 days of Ramadan
Shops, markets to close after 8pm in first 10 days of Ramadan
The government on Sunday asked shop owners to close their business after 8:00pm from first day of Ramadan to 10th Ramadan to increase supply to the households.   At a meeting on Thursday, prime minister’s energy adviser Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury also asked the Bangladesh Shop Owners Association to close their business after 8:00pm till 10th Ramadan for the sake [...]
South African solutions for power shortage
Instead of the potentially lethal option of having nuclear (U236) radiation-laced Russian power plant we should do what South Africa did against her power shortage more than a decade ago. It will cost us less than what we plan to spend on the unjustified feasibility study from the Russians.   South Africa faced similar problem as Bangladesh i.e. large gap between power p [...]
Bangladesh sign deal with Russia on study of nuke power plant
Bangladesh sign deal with Russia on study of nuke power plant
Bangladesh has recently signed a deal with Russian state corporation Rosatom to conduct three vital studies to complete preparation for the construction of Rooppur nuclear power project.   Chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Abu Sayeed Mohammad Feroz and head of Rosatom’s affiliate company NIAEP-ASE Valeriy Limarenko signed the deal in St Petersburg , R [...]
WB to limit financing of coal-fired power plants
WB to limit financing of coal-fired power plants
The World Bank has planed to limit the financing it provides for coal-fired power plants to ‘rare circumstances’ as part of the global financial body’s efforts to address the impact of climate change.   The move was detailed in a 39-page strategy document seen by Reuters. It came a day after US president Barack Obama — as part of a sweeping packag [...]
BIDS Recommended the government Extend Quick-rental plants
BIDS Recommended the government Extend Quick-rental plants
Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies on Saturday recommended the government that it could extend the power purchase contracts with the much talked about expensive quick-rental plants which were running on ‘good’ operational conditions.   BIDS, a state-run research organisation, came up with the recommendation on the back drop of delay in setting up o [...]
Cabinet approves Rooppur nuke plant work
Cabinet approves Rooppur nuke plant work
The cabinet committee on purchase has recently approved the procurement plan for implementing phase-1 work on Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant at an estimated cost of $45.90 million.   Under the project, some eight surveys will be carried out by experts hired from the Russian Federation member countries before starting the work formally.   The surveys include EIA (envi [...]
Hydro power cooperation with Bhutan stressed
Hydro power cooperation with Bhutan stressed
President Abdul Hamid has laid emphasis on building hydro power generation cooperation with Bhutan for fulfilling increasing power demand of the country.   The President opined this while outgoing Ambassador of Bhutan to Bangladesh Dasho Bap Kesang made his farewell call on him at Bangabhaban on June 20.   Abdul Hamid said “There are ample of scopes for incr [...]
Pranab appreciates BD support to install power plant in Tripura
Pranab appreciates BD support to install power plant in Tripura
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has appreacipraised Bangladesh for its support to install a 726 Megawatt capacity gas-based power plant at Palatana in Indian State of Tripura, according to a release of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka .     The Indian President while inaugurating the power plant at Palantan , Tripura, on June 21 gave thanks to the President, P [...]
ABB s modular substation wins Australian International Design Award
ABB s modular substation wins Australian International Design Award
ABB's 66kV modular substation recently received a Design Award at the 2013 Australian International Design Awards in the Commercial and Industrial category. The modular substation was evaluated in the Commercial and Industrial category with the panel assessing that it exceeded the five criteria for good design in the areas of form, function, quality, safety, sustainabilit [...]
Load Shedding Free dream of Bangladesh (?)
Load Shedding Free dream of Bangladesh (?)
Saleque Sufi: I was about to congratulate Secretary Power Mr Monowar Hossain for achieving record power generation of over 6300 MW other day. From 3350 MW in 2009 it is indeed a huge achievement in 4.5 years. But within days media reported of over 2000 MW nationwide power load shedding in the hot humid summer. The reasons are attributed to restricted liquid fuel supply to co [...]
Construction of 225MW Ashuganj combine cycle power plant begins
Construction of 225MW Ashuganj combine cycle power plant begins
The construction work of 225-megawatt combined cycle power plant started began on June 12 under the auspices of Ashuganj Power Station Company, one of the biggest state-run electricity producers.   An official familiar with the programme said that the gas based power plant would be constructed at a cost of Taka 2,113 crore and the plant is expected to be operational by M [...]
Power bills of govt bodies Tk 740.19cr
Power bills of govt bodies Tk 740.19cr
The government and autonomous organizations owe Tk 740.19 crore to the Power Development Board (PDB) and other power distribution companies.     State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Mohammad Enamul Haq said this while replying to a question from treasury bench member Nasimul Alam Chowdhury in the Jatiya Sangsad on June 13.   "We've [...]
Nuclear power plant to improve overall power situation
The government has taken steps to set up a nuclear power plant with generation capacity of 2000-megawatt (MW) in Ruppur as a part of its 'Energy Master Plan'.   "The government has taken the 'Energy Master Plan' to ensure generation of a total of 20,000-MW electricity by 2021," Science and Technology Minister Yafes Osman told the Jatiya Sangsad on J [...]
Bangladesh third most power-starved country in world
Bangladesh third most power-starved country in world
Bangladesh ranks third among the top 20 countries where people lack access to electricity, according to a report of a World Bank-led multi-agency team.   The report titled 'Global Tracking Framework Report' published on Tuesday said until 2010, 66.6 million people, or 45 percent of the country's population, were out of electricity.   However, Bangladesh g [...]
Int l conference on nuclear power begins in the city
Int l conference on nuclear power begins in the city
A two-day international conference titled “Nuclear power :  a chance of successful economic, social and political development” begins at Ruposhi Bangla hotel in the city. The conference is jointly organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology and Russian state energy corporation Rosatom. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated the conference o [...]
PM urges local nuclear engineers to improve management skill
PM urges local nuclear engineers to improve management skill
  DHAKA, May 29, 2013:  Putting emphasis on developing local competency in all areas, including nuclear reactor management, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged local nuclear engineers and related manpower to improve their management skill and update the knowledge. "You will have to take the total responsibility of the Rooppur nuclear power plant one da [...]
US entrepreneurs urged to invest in power sector
US entrepreneurs urged to invest in power sector
Dhaka, May 26:  Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury on Sunday urged the US entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh’s power sector, particularly the coal-fired power generation. Terming Bangladesh the best place for foreign direct investment (FDI), Elahi said Bangladesh has never been a defaulter in paying foreign companies. "Sin [...]
Power demand and supply will be same by 2016: Muhith
Power demand and supply will be same by 2016: Muhith
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said that power generation in the country has doubled in the last four years and difference between power demand and supply will be eliminated by 2016.   The minister said this at a meeting with a delegation of Association of Bangladesh Upazila Parishad at his ministry on May 26.   Association president Harun-ur-Rashid Howlader led [...]
Govt to revise new power lines policy
Govt to revise new power lines policy
The government is considering torevise the existing electricity connections policy to ease public sufferings, power division official said. The Rural Electrification Board (REB) and West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDC) have so far proposed to review the new electricity connections policy. The power division will review the policy after getting the recommendations in t [...]
Haripur power plant goes to operation in September
Haripur power plant goes to operation in September
Haripur power plant will add 412- megawatt (MW) electricity to the national grid in September as the experimental operation of this combined cycle plant has been going on successfully.   Mostafa Kamal, Managing Director of Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh Limited, told the newsmen recently.   The 412MW Haripur combined-cycle power plant, the largest in [...]
Supreme Court allows protest-hit Indian nuclear plant
Supreme Court allows protest-hit Indian nuclear plant
India's Supreme Court gave the green light on Monday to the commissioning of a nuclear power plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu that has been the target of widespread protests. "The plant has been set up for people's welfare," said the ruling on the Kudankulam plant. "Necessary clearances have been taken by the government, and development of the [...]
Summit Power approves 20pc stock dividend
Summit Power approves 20pc stock dividend
Summit Power Limited approved 20 per cent stock dividend to its shareholders for the year 2012 at its 16th annual general meeting at Bashundhara Convention Center-2 in Baridhara, recently, says a press release.   Muhammed Aziz Khan, chairman of Summit Power, presided over the meeting.   Among others, Md Latif Khan, vice-chairman, Tauhidul Islam, managing director, [...]
Country generates 5600-6300-MW electricity, Enamul tells JS
Country generates 5600-6300-MW electricity, Enamul tells JS
The country at present on an average generates 5600-6300 megawatt (MW) electricity everyday against the demand for 6000-6500-MW.   State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Muhammad Enamul Huq on April 29 informed this in the Jatiya Sangsad while replying to a question from treasury bench member Hafiz Uddin Ahmed.   He said 1200-1400-MW has been added [...]
AL govt installs 63 power plants: PM
AL govt installs 63 power plants: PM
A total of 96 power plants with 9,101-magawat (MW) capacity were installed in Bangladesh during last 42 years after the country’s independence from March 1971 to March 2013.   Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on April 24 informed the Jatiya Sangsad this while replying to a question from treasury bench member Nasimul Alam Chowdhury during the Prime Minister’s half [...]
People urged to resist power plant near Sundarbans
People urged to resist power plant near Sundarbans
National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas and Power-Port in a statement on April 22 urged the people to resist the move for setting up coal-fired power plant under India-Bangladesh joint venture at Rampal, a location close to the Sundarbans mangrove forest.     Convener and member secretary of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port En [...]
The Mystery of NTPC-PDB JV Coal Fired Power Plant ?
The Mystery of NTPC-PDB JV Coal Fired Power Plant ?
Engr.  Khondkar Abdus Saleque: National Thermal Power Corporation ,India and Power Development Board Bangladesh have finally signed agreements on 20th April 2013 for setting up an imported coal based thermal power plant at Rampaul, Bagerhat in the proximity of the Sundarban , Mangrove Forest, an World Heritage. There agreements were signed – Joint Venture Agreeme [...]
Bangladesh wants project on hydroelectricity, wind power with ADB
Bangladesh wants project on hydroelectricity, wind power with ADB
Bangladesh wants to initiate a pilot project for wind mapping and hydroelectricity potential here with the support of Asian Development Bank (ADB).   Bangladesh Power division secretary Monwar Islam expressed the desire during the ADB initiated workshop at Bidyut Bhaban in the capital on Sunday.   The ADB officials responded positively to the proposal of the power [...]
1,320MW Rampal power project Authorities sign three deals amid criticis
1,320MW Rampal power project Authorities sign three deals amid criticis
Amid severe criticism from green activists and a section of power experts the authorities on Saturday signed three major deals heading towards implementation of a 1,320MW coal fired power plant at Rampal of Bagerhat district near the Sundarban.   Bangladesh Power Development Board and Indian National Thermal Power Corporation signed a supplementary agreement for the newl [...]
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