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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 »

BD govt to buy surplus power from solar irrigation pumps

Dhaka, Apr 5 (UNB) – The government has planned to purchase unconsumed or surplus electricity from solar-run irrigation pumps across the country aiming to promote renewable energy. “We’ve prepared a draft policy to purchase such electricity from pump operators. But, the policy will be finalised after a meeting with stakeholders,” said Siddique Zobair, additional secretary of Power Division and a member ... 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 »

Russia implements comprehensive LNG project

March 21, 2019 – Rostec State Corporation and the Government of the Arkhangelsk Region signed an agreement on implementing a comprehensive liquefied natural gas (LNG) project Northern Dvina – LNG in the region. The document stipulates an LNG plant construction and transition to liquefied gas in a number of infrastructure facilities and households. As part of the project, Rostec will ... Read More »

Dilapidated gas pipelines in capital Dhaka to be replaced

Introduction of smart prepaid metres also on cards Dhaka, Mar 18 – The Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd has planned to replace its dilapidated gas pipelines in Dhaka city with new ones as well as to introduce smart prepaid metres for consumers over the next three years. The state-owned entity has taken the initiative to replace about 5,000 ... Read More »

Dhaka-Moscow joint body reviews Rooppur NPP work

Dhaka, March 09 – The 4th meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee (JСС) of Russia and Bangladesh on the construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant was held at a city hotel in Dhaka recently. The main topic of discussion was the present status of construction of Rooppur NPP and further actions to be required for completion of the project. Both ... Read More »

Commercial, industrial prices of gas may rise sll: Minister

Dhaka, Mar 2 (UNB) – State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said the government has moved for raising gas prices, mainly for commercial and industrial consumers and for power plants to offset the losses caused by LNG import. “We’ve submitted proposals to the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) for some adjustment in gas prices. But ... Read More »

Int’l Nuclear Power Forum ‘ATOMEXPO 2019’ in April in Russia

Russia’s southern city of Sochi will host the 11th International nuclear power Forum ATOMEXPO 2019 on 15th and 16th April. Dedicated to the advanced modern nuclear power technologies, the two-day event will cover global issues including carbon-free energy, responsible approach to the environment and natural resources, “Green” investments and international partnership for sustainable development among many others. The Forum will ... Read More »

Fuel loading at unit-2 of Novovoronezh NPP-2 in Russia ends

Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation has announced the successful completion of the fuel loading at Unit-2 of Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant-2. The Unit 2 is scheduled to become operational by the end of 2019. It is one of the reference units of under-construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh. Equipped with the “Generation 3+” VVER-1200 reactor, the first batch ... Read More »

Fuel loading at 2nd VVER 1200 unit of Rooppur NPP begins

Dhaka, Feb 23 – Fuel loading began right on schedule on February 19 at the unit- 2 of Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant II in Russia. Equipped with the VVER-1200 reactor this is another referential unit of under implementation Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh. The first batch of 163 fuel assemblies were loaded successfully and the remaining assemblies to be ... Read More »

Local school is a model for energy and water in Rapa Nui

HANGA ROA, Chile, Feb 22 2019 (IPS) – A school in the capital of Easter Island (Rapa Nui, in the local indigenous tongue) gives an example of clean management with the use of solar energy, rainwater recovery and an organic vegetable garden, as well as rooms and spaces built with waste materials. Rapa Nui is a Chilean territory in the Polynesian ... Read More »

Hybrid solar-powered boat, ‘Sunflower’, to be launched

Chattogram, Feb 19 (UNB) – ‘Sunflower’, a solar-powered hybrid boat, will soon be launched in Bangladesh by Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy and Chattogram-based Taratari Shipyard. The boat, locally known as kayak, was designed by French-born Bangladeshi Yves Marre, who is also the managing director of Taratari Shipyard. “For the first time in Bangladesh, a kayak has been equipped with a hybrid ... Read More »

Gas supply to remain suspended in some parts of capital

Dhaka, Feb 18 – Gas supply in most parts of the capital will remain suspended for 12 hours starting from Tuesday evening due to the relocation of the gas pipelines as part of the construction work of metro rail project. Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company limited yesterday said the gas supply will remain disrupted from 6:00pm Tuesday until 6:00am ... Read More »

Breaking Germany’s Coal Addiction

by Johan Rockström, Owen Gaffney Berlin – Germany is about to break its coal addiction. Last year, the government created a 28-member “coal commission” – comprising scientists, politicians, environmental campaigners, trade unions, and utilities representatives – with the unenviable mandate of deciding when the country would get clean. Balancing pragmatic considerations with recognition of the reality of climate change, the ... Read More »

Gas supply disrupted in parts of Dhaka, adjoining areas

Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB) – Different areas of Dhaka city, including Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Kalabagan, Shyamoli, Agargaon and some adjacent areas like Dhamrai, Ashulia, Aminbazar, Savar and Manikganj have been experiencing disruption in gas supply since Friday night due to a technical glitch. According to officials at Titag Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, a technical fault in the valve of ... Read More »

Breaking Germany’s coal addiction

By Johan Rockström and Owen Gaffney Berlin – Germany is about to break its coal addiction. Last year, the government created a 28-member “coal commission” – comprising scientists, politicians, environmental campaigners, trade unions, and utilities representatives – with the unenviable mandate of deciding when the country would get clean. Balancing pragmatic considerations with recognition of the reality of climate change, ... Read More »

Power plant final deal with Reliance Group ‘soon’

Dhaka, Feb 15 (UNB) – The final deal with Indian Reliance Group is finally going to be signed for its proposed LNG-based 750 MW power plant as the Power Division has recently received clearance from the ministries of Law and Finance for the agreement, official sources said. Officials said it has almost been four years since Indian Reliance Group signed a ... Read More »

Electricity connection to all Bd secondary schools ordered

Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) –The Ministry of Education has instructed the authorities concerned to supply electricity to all the secondary educational institutions (which don’t have electricity) across the country to facilitate ICT (Information and Communication Technology) education. The Secondary and Higher Education Department of the ministry issued a letter in this regard to the Director General of Secondary and Higher ... Read More »

‘Bangladesh in Nuclear Club’ at Ekushey Book Fair

Engineer Md. Anwar Hossain, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology unveiled the book titled “Bangladesh in Nuclear Club: Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in the journey for development” written by himself at the Morok Unmochon Moncho of Ekushey Book Fair today, February 12, 2019. Mahbubul Hoq, Chairman, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC), and Rabindranath Roy Chowdhury, Adviser, Nuclear Power Plant Company ... Read More »

Dhaka University building rooftops for solar power

Dhaka, Feb 12 (UNB) – Having failed to get necessary cooperation from government departments in using the rooftops of their buildings, Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC) is now moving to Dhaka University buildings to implement a solar power project on their rooftops. According to official sources, the Dhaka University authorities have agreed to provide the rooftops of its 72 structures, ... Read More »

Tk 68 bln Electricity bill in arrears, Bd Parliament told

Dhaka, Feb 11 – The total electricity bill arrears as of October 2018 stood at Tk 6882.95 crore, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told parliament on Monday. Of the arrears, electricity bills amounting to Tk 642.98 crore remain unpaid by various ministries and government agencies, he said placing the statistics in reply to a starred ... Read More »

500 mmcfd LNG supply to Bd national grid began on Saturday

Chattogram, Feb 9 (UNB) – The supply of 500 mmcfd Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) into the national grid will start from here on Saturday. Talking to UNB, Petrobangla officials expressed hope that the supply of 500 mmcfd (million cubic feet per day) LNG gas will bring a positive impact on country’s gas sector. Along with the increased gas flow, fertilizer ... Read More »

3 Bangla books on nuke energy unveiled at Ekushey Book Fair

Dhaka, Feb 09 – ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) jointly published three Bangla books on nuclear energy on the occasion of Ekushey Book Fair 2019. “Atomic Horizon”, and “Various Professions in the Nuclear Industry” were translated from Russian language while, the comic book “Unexpected Adventure of Onu” was written and edited in ... Read More »

Rooftop solar power sale growing fast in Dhaka city

Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) – The sale of unconsumed rooftop solar electricity to government power distribution entities is rising fast in the capital city. According to the latest statistics placed in a review meeting at Power Division, the number of such consumers who are selling their unconsumed solar power to the government distribution companies stood at 50 as of January ... Read More »

Chinese cos give Dhaka US$4bn 2000mw coal-based power deal

Dhaka, 18 Jan – GCM Resources plc and POWERCHINA (a People’s Republic of China Central Government State Owned Enterprise) signed a Joint Venture Agreement and EPC Contract for the development of 2,000MW of mine-mouth coal-fired power plants with an approximate investment of US$4bn in Dinajpur District, North-West Bangladesh. Read More »

Russia to supply nuke fuel for China’s fast-neutron reactor

Dhaka, Jan 11 – TVEL Fuel Company, a subsidiary of Russia’s state atomic energy corporation- Rosatom and CNLY, a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) have signed a contract for the supply of nuclear fuel for CFR-600 fast-neutron reactor which is currently under construction in China. The contract covers the initial loading of nuclear fuel, as well as supplies ... Read More »