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Muhith unhappy with power ministry

Voicing his annoyance against the Power Ministry, Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Thursday said it cannot be acceptable that the demand for 6600 MW of power cannot be met with the increased production capacity of 11,000 MW. He also raised objection to the ongoing process of closing down some of the garment units by the international buyers. Read More »

Another coal-fired power plant deal with China likely

The government is going to sign a deal with another Chinese company to set up a 1320MW coal-fired power plant at Maheshlkali Island in Cox’s Bazar district. According to official sources, the state-owned Power Development Board (PDB) will sign the deal in this regard with China Huadian Hong Kong Limited. Read More »

Experts for more water saving in energy production

Observing that the demand for both freshwater and energy will mark a significant increase in the coming days, water experts here on Sunday recommended taking up more water-saving methods in energy production instead of coal- or nuclear-power ventures. Speaking at the working session of the World Water Day Seminar 2014, they also stressed the need for developing a culture of ... Read More »

Deal singed with China for power plant in Patuakhali

Bangladesh on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China to set up a 1320 MW coal-based power plant in Patuakhali, a location also close to the Sundarbans. According to Chinese Ambassador Li Jun in Dhaka, who was present at the deal signing ceremony, the project will involve a cost of about $2 billion. Read More »

Power tariff upped 6.96 percent, effective this month

The government has raised power tariff by an average of 6.96 percent, a move which is most likely to affect all the sectors. Consumers will be charged the new price from this month. Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) announced the decision on Thursday after holding a public hearing on the matter last week. Read More »

PM calls for austerity in using electricity

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the country’s electricity consumers to adopt austerity measures in using electricity to reduce their bills so that power tariff hike would not create problem for them. “Adopt austerity measures to reduce electricity bills…use electricity the way you will be able to reduce electricity bills,” she said in Parliament in reply to a supplementary ... Read More »

Petrobangla signs deal with Indian corpn for Bay gas blocks

State-owned Petrobangla has signed a deal with Indian state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) for the hydrocarbon exploration and extraction of oil and gas in shallow-water Blocks 4 and 9 of the Bay of Bengal. ONGC is the first Indian company to get exploration contracts in Bangladesh. The two agreements were signed between the Bangladesh Government, Petrobangla and ONGC; ... Read More »

CPB, BSD to stage demos against move to hike power tariff

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) will stage demonstrations across the country on March 2 in protest against the government’s move to raise power tariff. In a joint statement, CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim, its general secretary Syed Abu Zafar Ahmed and BSD secretary general Khalequzzaman announced the action programme and urged all to make it ... Read More »

Gas, power price hike on cards

Dhaka – The government is planning to increase the gas and power prices, said State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid here on Tuesday. Nasrul Hamid came up with the government plan while addressing a conference of diploma engineers of the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd (PGCB) at the auditorium of Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB). Read More »

Power companies to submit tariff hike proposals in February

All the power distribution companies in the country have been asked to send their respective proposal on power tariff hike within the current month (February). “Last month, we sent a letter to all the distribution entities to send their proposals to the Power Division for scrutiny. We hope, they we’ll be able to send their proposals soon,” said a senior ... Read More »

Power distribution ‘thru prepaid metres by 2021’

Dhaka – 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. Read More »

Electric vehicle market predictions

While there is no doubt that the electric vehicle market has performed admirably during 2013, what does the future hold for the electric vehicle industry in 2014? Read More »

USAID for greater role in sustainable energy project

US Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the World Bank is likely to come up with a major role to provide cooperation in the country’s energy sector aimed at improving efficiency. Read More »

Iran’s Zarif reassures Gulf Arabs over nuclear deal

Kuwait City – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif assured Gulf Arab states Sunday his country’s nuclear deal with the West is in their interest and also announced plans to visit Saudi Arabia. Read More »

Fighting fear by lighting Lagos’s streets

By Neal Razzell Flying into Lagos at night, you would never know there are up to 21 million people down there. There is no orange glow, as you see on approach to cities such as New York or London (both with about eight million inhabitants). Read More »

CNG stations to operate round the clock Oct 11-19 for Eid

CNG refueling stations across the country will remain open round the clock from October 11 through October 19 to facilitate journey of the home-bound people during the holy Eid-ul-Azha. Read More »

Japan nuclear-free as last reactor switched off

Japan went nuclear-free on Monday as it switched off its last operating reactor for an inspection, with no date scheduled for a restart amid strong public hostility to atomic power. Read More »

Discouraging CNG to bring back city air pollution: Seminar told

Speakers at a discussion here on CNG’s impact on the environment and economy on Saturday said the government’s move to discourage the use of CNG in motor vehicles may bring the pollution hazard back to the city again. Read More »

The promise of fusion power

Wouldn’t it be great to have abundant, clean power that doesn’t contribute to climate change? That is the promise of fusion power. Practical fusion power remains elusive, but advances in creating self-sustaining fusion reactions and harnessing its power continue to occur. Read More »