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No hike in bulk power tariff, no hike in retail, agree BERB, TEC

Berc concludes four-day public hearing Dhaka, December 03, 2019 – Both Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BERB) and the technical evaluation committee (TEC) of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Berc) are of the same opinion that if the bulk supply tariff is not increased, it will not be required to raise the retail tariff of electricity. Read More »

Dumping fossil fuels to drive green development

By Busani Bafana Cape Town, South Africa, Sep 11 2019 (IPS) – Disinvestments in fossil fuels amounting to 11 trillion dollars – eight times the global GDP – have been recorded in the last six months of this year, according to a new report. ‘$11 Trillion and counting: new goals for a fossil-free world’, was released by in Cape ... Read More »

Russia celebrates the 65th year of world’s first commercial nuke power plant

Russia celebrated the 65th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear power plant, which was connected to grid for commercial purpose. On June 27, 1954, Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant with just 5 MW capacity was commissioned by the then Soviet Union in the city of Obninsk, approximately hundred kilometers southwest of Moscow. The plant operated successfully for almost five decades until ... Read More »

Gonoforum extends support to LDA’s hartal

Dhaka, July 4 – Gonoforum on Thursday extended its support to the Left Democratic Alliance’s (LDA’s) half-day hartal to be enforced across the country on July 7 protesting the gas tariff hike. The decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s presidium members, said a press release. Besides, the party announced some action programmes to register its protest against ... Read More »

Writ challenging legality of gas price hike filed

Dhaka, July 04 – A writ petition was filed yesterday with the High Court challenging the legality of government notification of increasing the gas price without giving any prior notice. Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Eunus Ali Akond filed the writ petition with the related branch of the HC seeking a stay order on the government decision of hiking gas price. ... Read More »

Dhaka, Beijing sign nine instruments – five on power development

Beijing, Jul 4 – Bangladesh and China on Thursday signed nine instruments for further strengthening cooperation on power, water resources, culture and tourism sectors as well as providing 2,500 metric tonnes of rice for the displaced Rohingyas. The instruments, including two loan deals, were signed in presence of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang after ... Read More »

BNP opposes gas price hike move, calls it anti-people

Dhaka, Jun 30 – Describing the government’s decision to raise the gas price as an unjustified one, BNP on Sunday warned of waging a street movement if it does not back off from the move. In a statement, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir issued the warning. “The gas tariff has been increased at the consumer level illegally only ... Read More »

We can’t stop climate disaster if big emitters don’t step up

By Frank Bainimarama SUVA, Fiji, Jun 27, 2019 (IPS) — Are the most climate-vulnerable nations of the world right to demand that developed and major economies commit to carbon neutrality by 2050? Should the poorest nations of the world insist that the “haves” put their significant economic and political resources behind aggressive efforts to combat climate change? Do we have ... Read More »

PDB key power producer of BD incurs Tk103 billion loss

Dhaka, Jun 22 – The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) incurred the highest loss of Tk 10,271.58 crore (Tk103 billion) among 49 state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the outgoing 2018-19 fiscal year (till April 30), according to the Bangladesh Economic Survey (BES) 2019. Thirteen other SOEs suffered a loss of Tk 13,068.62 crore (Tk130 billion) during the period against their previous ... Read More »

Give up Rampal power plant project: TIB urges govt

Dhaka, June 17 – Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Monday urged the government to stop all ‘controversial projects’ including Rampal power plant which might pose a threat to largest mangrove Sundarbans. Expressing concern over the UNESCO’s recent proposal of listing Sundarbans under the category of ‘World Heritage in Danger’, which will be placed at the 43rd session of the UNESCO ... Read More »

Japan’s government must exit coal

by Jan Erik Saugestad OSLO – Following the abdication of Emperor Akihito, Japan announced that its new imperial era would be called Reiwa (“beautiful harmony”). But if the Reiwa era is to live up to its name, Japan’s government must follow the lead of the country’s energy investors and utilities, and begin to exit coal and move into renewables. The ... Read More »

Third reference unit of Rooppur NPP connects to Russian grid

Unit-2 of the Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Project-2 for the first time supplied electricity to grid recently. The 3+ generation VVER-1200 power unit was synchronized with the grid and achieved the capacity of 240 megawatts. The unit is considered to be one of the reference units of under construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Project in Bangladesh. Following its connection to the grid, ... Read More »

BD plans 3 Coal-LNG-based hubs for 286k MW power generation

Dhaka, May 13 – The government is setting up three power hubs to boost Bangladesh’s power generation capacity over the next two decades. The hubs will be constructed at three locations as part of the Power System Master Plan 2016. Official sources said they will be located in Cox’s Bazar’s Maheshkhali and Matarbari in the south-east, and Patuakhali’s Payra in ... Read More »

Dhaka plans to import more LNG

Dhaka, May 06 – The Bangladesh government is planning to import more Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) from the global market. During the recent state visit of Prime Minister Sheik Hasina in Brunei, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed for LNG supply from the country. Bangladesh in last year started getting LNG from RasGas, Qatar. During the Prime Minister’s visit ... Read More »

India’s hydro generation again below 10% in 2018-19

May 1, 2019 SANDRP In 2018-19, for the third year in succession, power generation from India’s large hydropower projects was below 10% of total electricity generation. In 2016-17, for the first time in independent India’s history, power generation from large hydropower projects fell below 10% of total electricity generation. This calculation is based on actual generation (measured as Million or ... Read More »

Bangladeshi del visits Rooppur NPP reference plant in Russia

Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM arranged a familiarization tour to Unit- 6 of Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant in Russia for a group of Bangladeshi expert and media representatives on April 17, 2019. The said unit is considered to be the reference plant of the under-construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh. Bangladesh team members were taken around the important ... Read More »

Use of nuke energy to ensure sustainable development urged

While countries all over the world are committed to cut down their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Paris Agreement goal, nuclear experts gathered at the 11th edition of the international atomic energy forum- Atomexpo 2019, held in Sochi, Russia expressed their opinion in favour of atomic energy, as an imperative for sustainability of growth. Organised by Rosatom, state nuclear ... Read More »

TK 3.3billion gas burnt a year to boil Dhaka’s water: TIB

More than one-third of service recipients unhappy, it says Dhaka, Apr 17 –Dhaka dwellers have to burn natural gas worth Tk 332.37 crore every year for making water supplied by Wasa drinkable, according to a Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) study. During a survey, 93.0% of consumers reported that they made the supply water drinkable in various ways, of which 91.0% ... Read More »

‘No power load-shedding this summer and Ramadan’

Prime Minister’s advisor on energy, power and mineral resources Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury has said, forthcoming Ramadan and summer season will be kept free from load-shedding. He said for the benefit of mass people in the month of Ramadan, the electricity will remain all-time. But due to some technical problems, there will be a disruption in some places in the country. ... Read More »

Core Catcher of Unit 2 of Rooppur NPP ready for installation

Dhaka, April 02 – The reinforced frame, weighing 58 tons, and the embedded part of the core catcher (core meltdown retention device), weighing 7.5 tons, have been installed at Unit 2 of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Pabna. “In the nearest future, our experts will proceed with installation of the core catcher -a unique device developed by Russian nuclear engineers ... Read More »