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Dhaka Sunday,  May 29, 2022

Power Sector

A technical evaluation committee (TEC) of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) at a public hearing on Wednesday recommended a 57.83% hike in bulk power tariff against 65.57% sought by the state-owned the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB). However, the participating consumer civil right groups including representatives from different business bodies at the hearing vehemently opposed any big rise in power tariff right now when the people are struggling with high... »
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), in a research study has allegedly found substantive corruption involving three power plants—two coal fired and one LNG-based—in the country. According to the TIB study presented on Wednesday, the corruption involved at least Tk 390.49 crore which was allegedly grabbed by government officials, local representatives and influential political circles. Moreover, power tariffs were set at higher rates compared with similar projects which also involved corruption, it... »
Volatile fuel prices have started to hit Bangladesh’s power generation sector as the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) is facing fund crunch in paying electricity bills to private producers. Sitting over a payment backlog of four months following an increase in the purchase cost from oil-based private power plants, the state-owned single buyer of electricity now wants either another hike in bulk electricity tariff or regular budgetary support to smoothen... »
In view of the shortage of coal, a dominant fuel used to generate electricity in the country, the government halted hundreds of passenger trains. Meanwhile, state-run Coal India ramped up coal production by 27.2% in April. Several states across the country reeled under long power cuts, as hotter-than-normal temperatures pushed the electricity demand, triggering a major power crisis. According to a report by Reuters, electricity supply fell short of demand... »
BANGLADESH comes fourth in the list of countries with highest coal-power capacity in pre-construction status, already announced or in planning stages, with 10.9 gigawatt — as the San Francisco-based non-governmental organisation Global Energy Monitor, which assesses fossil fuel and renewable energy projects in the world, in a report released on April 26 says — behind Vietnam, India and China. Although Bangladesh is reported have abandoned many coal-power plants, with 10.8GW... »
India wants to strengthen cooperation with Bangladesh in subregional connectivity and hydropower, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar says. After his meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen in Dhaka on Thursday, the Indian Indian external affairs minister said his visit is aimed at “continuing the progress in deepening of our engagement”. Speaking at a joint press conference with Momen at the Foreign Service Academy, Jaishankar said India looks... »
The industrial sector is set to face more power outages over the next two weeks with India further cutting down supply to Nepal, the Nepal Electricity Authority said on Wednesday. Citing supply constraints from the southern neighbour, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has been imposing unscheduled power cuts in the industrial sector from time to time for the last one month. NEA Managing Director Kul Man Ghising told journalists on Wednesday... »
Discussions on formulating strategies for the next national budget are now going on. It was announced by the finance minister that the national budget for the fiscal year 2022-23 (FY23) would be placed in the National Parliament on June 09 this year. Among others, government’s intent for checking inflation and employment generation are likely to receive special attention in the budget document. As reported, government plans to allocate Taka 727.45... »
Bangladesh has offered to export electricity to Nepal in the winter season and import its hydropower in summer. In a bilateral meeting with Nepal delegates today, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid placed the proposal, according to a ministry press release. On the other hand, Pampha Bhusal, Nepali Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, urged Bangladesh to invest in Nepal to harness its hydropower potentials.... »
The ultra super critical thermal Rampal Power plant is expected to kick off its first unit in July this year to add 660 MW to the national power grid while it is set to go on full-fledged operation in November producing a total of 1,320 MW. “With following the government’s strict environmental policy, the 1,320 MW Moitree Super Thermal Power Project (Rampal) is being implemented with financial and technical support... »