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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 »

Rampal power plant won’t harm Sundarbans: says Minister

Dhaka, Jun 18 (UNB)– The proposed coal-fired power plant adjacent to the Sundarbans will not do any harm to the world’s largest mangrove forest, claims Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin. “Fears about damage to Sundarbans are unfounded,” he said a press briefing on World Environment Day at the Secretariat on Tuesday. He said that they visited ... 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 »

BD move for 10pc power from renewables looks uncertain

Most of the 23 solar projects that received “approval” from PM Office remain unimplemented Dhaka, Jun 16 — Bangladesh’s goal to generate 10 percent of its electricity from renewables by the next year will be a tough one to achieve as many solar power projects are yet to take off. The government had set a target to generate about 2,000 ... Read More »

Magurchara gas field blowout – 1997: Who compensates loss

Moulvibazar, June 14 (UNB) – Today marks the 22nd anniversary of possibly the first real man-made disaster affecting the environment to occur in Bangladesh, as a consequence of contracts signed between the government and the powerful set international oil companies, or IOCs.   On June 14, 1997 a destructive gas well blowout occurred close to midnight at the Magurchhara gas ... Read More »

China should lead on air pollution

by Kris Hartley, Asit K. Biswas Singapore/Hong Kong – The United Nations expects 68% of the world’s population to live in urban areas by 2050. As governments scramble to manage this flood of urban migration, they must address not only basic needs such as housing and employment but also issues impacting liveability and public health – including air pollution. Nowhere ... 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 »

Planning can save the Planet: China chooses renewable energy

By Sara Flounders 23 Apr 2019 – The very corporations that are responsible for the problem are denying global warming, with immediate consequences for the whole world. Carbon emissions from the burning of oil, gas and methane are heating the planet, creating a crisis of rising sea levels, droughts, extreme weather, poisoned ground water and polluted air that puts all ... Read More »

BD solar power sale to national grid growing fast

Dhaka, Jun 8 (UNB) – The sale of solar power from consumers’ end to the national grid under the Net Metering System (NMS) is growing fast as its volume has already reached 8.213 MW across the country. According to official statistics, now all the six government distribution utilities are purchasing solar power from 359 consumers in May which was 179 ... Read More »

Beximco solar power contract may be terminated for failure

Dhaka, Jun 1 (UNB)— The government has initiated a process to terminate a contract with Beximco Group for its failure to implement a solar power project. Power Division sources said the Power Development Board (PDB) issued an ‘event of default notice’ to Beximco-TBEA Xinjiang SunOasis Co Ltd on May 5 for failing to implement 200MW Gaibandha grid-tied power project as ... Read More »

Summit Group signs MoU with Japan’s Energy for New Era

Tokyo, May 29 (UNB) – Summit Group of Bangladesh and Japan’s Energy for New Era (JERA) signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday to initiate a mega energy infrastructure project. The project will have the capacity to handle 20 million tonnes of bulk cargo at Matarbari area in Cox’s Bazara year. It will provide impetus to Bangladesh’s trade by development ... Read More »

Solar-powered dug-wells bring hopes to drought-prone BD people

Naogaon, May 26 – The phrase ‘drought-prone region’ to describe a cluster of districts in Bangladesh’s north sounds almost benign, and hardly captures the perpetual hardships of people engaged in a daily battle for water, the other name of life. The paucity of water also makes it extremely difficult for farming or any form of agriculture to thrive in 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 »

Satellite images show no major damage to ‘sabotaged’ ships

Dubai, May 14 (AP/UNB) — Four oil tankers anchored in the Mideast were damaged by what Gulf officials described as sabotage, though satellite images obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday showed no major visible damage to the vessels. Details of the alleged sabotage to two Saudi, one Norwegian and one Emirati oil tanker on Sunday remained unclear, and Gulf ... 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 »

India’s growing solar energy could leave a trail of wastes

Solar power may promise a bright future for India’s energy requirements, but behind the sheen is a growing mountain of waste. While the national government is pushing an ambitious solar power programme for India, it has, so far, failed to put in a mechanism to address the problem of waste, including environmentally hazardous materials, from solar photovoltaic panels that can ... Read More »

Is UAE leading the way for concentrated solar power in GCC?

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 9 2019 (IPS) – In April 2019, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published a report on a “roadmap to 2050” in terms of renewable energy. The report highlighted the possibility that by 2050, about 86 percent of the world’s power demands could be met by renewable power. It also highlighted that 50 percent of global electricity production ... 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 »

Private floating terminal pumps 500 mmcfd LNG to BD grid

Dhaka, Apr 30 (UNB) – Summit Group’s LNG terminal started operation on Monday night, said its officials on Tuesday. The Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) which is known as LNG terminal arrived in the country on April 21 and it was moored at 6 kms off the island of Maheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar. “Summit LNG Terminal Co Ltd (SLNG) ... Read More »

Renewables to become the norm for the Caribbean

KINGSTON, Apr 29 2019 (IPS) – Jamaica and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are embracing renewable energy as part of their plans to become decarbonised in the coming decades. The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, has committed the island nation to transitioning to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. “I believe that we can do better. Jamaica has sunshine ... Read More »

UNDP launches waste clean-up campaign in Teknaf

Dhaka, Apr 30 (UNB) – In response to Rohingya influx, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday launched a month-long waste clean-up campaign in nine wards of the Teknaf Municipality to clean up and recover wastes. During the inaugural session of the campaign in Cox’s Bazar, Teknaf Municipality Mayor Haji Mohammed Islam said,” It’s all of our responsibility to save ... Read More »

BD solar module producers for 20pc quota in public projects

Dhaka, Apr 25 (UNB) – Local solar module manufacturers have demanded a provision in the upcoming national budget for the mandatory use of 20-30 percent local products in different public development projects like Kabikha (food for work), Kabita (money for work) and solar irrigation pump.  Solar Module Manufacturers’ Association of Bangladesh (SMMAB), a business body of local module manufacturers, has ... Read More »

Global energy consumption is up — so are emissions

NEW DELHI, Apr 22 2019 (IPS) – Our acceptance of climate change doesn’t keep pace with our energy consumption reduction. However, the latest International Energy Agency’s (IEA’S) Global Energy and CO2 Status Report for 2018has some good news. It offers where possible answers lie in our quest to mitigate climate change. This is what we should discuss. But transitions in energy use ... 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 »

Business urge BD govt not to raise gas, electricity prices

Dhaka, Apr 11 (UNB)- A section of industrialists on Thursday urged the government not to hike  gas and electricity prices. The call came from a seminar titled ‘Energy Pricing: Impact on Industries,’ organized by the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCCI) at its auditorium in the capital’s commercial district. Businessmen participating in the seminar pointed to various problems with ... 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 »

Gas price hike to hit Major industries, exports: BCI president

Dhaka, April 08 – Major factories will shut down if gas price is increased and export earning will also be affected. Besides, the small and medium type industrial units will sink into a deep sea if the decision of hiking gas price is materialized. Newly elected president of Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) Anwar-ul Alam Chowdhury Parvez came up with ... Read More »