State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said that the uninterrupted power supply will continue through strengthening the distribution network. "Underground cable network with optical fiber will ensure reliable power supply through dual sources," he said while visiting the sites of six ongoing projects in Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC) on Thursday. He also said that installations of underground cables, substations and a central SCADA system will strengthen the power distribution network. DPDC Managing Director Engineer Bikash Dewan was present on the occasion. The DPDC has been implementing a project titled: "Extension and Strengthening of Power Distribution System under the DPDC". Read more: BERC now to consult with govt before any move on retail power tariff hike proposals The DPDC said that under the project some new 14 substations of 132/33 kV capacity and 26 substations of 33/11 kV capacity will be installed while capacity of some 8 existing substations of 132/33 kV and 4 substations of 33/11 kV will be enhanced. Considering the scarcity of land in Dhaka city, some modern and high capacity 35/50 MVA of 33/11 kV power transformers are being installed by the DPDC. This is the first time this type of power transformer is being installed in Bangladesh by DPDC. Under the project, some 20 km of existing overhead distribution lines in Dhanmondi area will be converted into underground cable networks. As a result, Dhanmondi area will be free form overhead cables and the power distribution will be uninterrupted. Under the DPDC project, overhead transmission lines and towers in Hatirjheel area will be removed and underground cables will be installed, which will greatly enhance the aesthetic beauty of the area. Read more: Saudi firm, BPDB sign deal to set up 1000MW solar power plant in Bangladesh Besides, a state-of-the-art mechanised wire house is being constructed at Tongi with an open hangar attached. This will be the first such wire house in the power sector in Bangladesh.
Russia has targeted Ukraine’s battered power infrastructure with another barrage of strikes, forcing the country’s last three fully functioning nuclear power plants to disconnect from the grid and leaving “the vast majority of electricity consumers” without power, the Energy Ministry says. In a Facebook post Wednesday, the ministry said that power workers are working to restore supplies, “but given the extent of the damage, we will need time.” THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A punishing new barrage of Russian strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure on Wednesday caused power outages across large parts of the country as well as neighboring Moldova, adding to damage to Ukraine’s power network and misery for civilians as winter begins. Multiple regions reported attacks in quick succession. In several regions, authorities reported strikes on critical infrastructure. Officials in Kyiv said that three people were dead and nine wounded in the capital after a Russian strike hit a two-story building. Russia has been pounding the power grid and other facilities with missiles and exploding drones for weeks. The new strikes piled further intense stress on an energy system that is being damaged faster than it can be repaired. Before the latest barrage, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had said that Russian strikes had already damaged around half of Ukraine’s infrastructure. Rolling power outages have become the horrid new normal for millions and the latest barrage affected water supplies, too. Ukrainian officials believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is hoping that the misery of unheated and unlit homes in the cold and dark of winter will turn public opinion against a continuation of the war but say it’s having the opposite effect, strengthening Ukrainian resolve. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said Wednesday that “one of the capital’s infrastructure facilities has been hit” and there were “several more explosions in different districts” of the city. He said water supplies were knocked out in all of Kyiv. There were power outages in parts of Kyiv, while power was out in the wider Kyiv region, in the northern city of Kharkiv, the western city of Lviv, the northern Chernihiv region and in the southern Odesa region. In Moldova, Infrastructure Minister Andrei Spinu said that “we have massive power outages across the country,” whose Soviet-era energy systems remain interconnected with Ukraine. There was a similar outage in Moldova on Nov. 15. The country’s pro-Western president, Maia Sandu, said in a statement that “Russia left Moldova in the dark.” She said that the future of Moldova, a country of about 2.6 million people, “must remain toward the free world.” Read more: Strike on Ukrainian maternity hospital kills 2-day-old baby Power also was out in most parts of the western Khmelnytskyi region, governor Serhii Hamalii said on Telegram. He added that a nuclear power plant in the region was disconnected from the Ukrainian electricity grid. The latest onslaught came hours after Ukrainian authorities said an overnight rocket attack destroyed a hospital maternity ward in southern Ukraine, killing a 2-day-old baby. Following the overnight strike in Vilniansk, close to the city of Zaporizhzhia, the baby’s mother and a doctor were pulled alive from the rubble. The region’s governor said the rockets were Russian. The strike adds to the gruesome toll suffered by hospitals and other medical facilities — and their patients and staff — in the Russian invasion that will enter its tenth month this week. They have been in the firing line from the outset, including a March 9 airstrike that destroyed a maternity hospital in the now-occupied port city of Mariupol. First lady Olena Zelenska wrote on Twitter that a 2-day-old boy died in the strike and expressed her condolences. “Horrible pain. We will never forget and never forgive,” she said. Photos posted by the governor showed thick smoke rising above mounds of rubble, being combed by emergency workers against the backdrop of a dark night sky. The State Emergency Service said the two-story building was destroyed. Medical workers’ efforts have been complicated by the succession of Russian attacks in recent weeks on Ukraine’s infrastructure. The situation is even worse in the southern city of Kherson, from which Russia retreated nearly two weeks ago after months of occupation — cutting power and water lines. Many doctors in the city are working in the dark, unable to use elevators to transport patients to surgery and operating with headlamps, cell phones and flashlights. In some hospitals, key equipment no longer works. “Breathing machines don’t work, X-ray machines don’t work ... There is only one portable ultrasound machine and we carry it constantly,” said Volodymyr Malishchuk, the head of surgery at a children’s hospital in the city. On Tuesday, after strikes on Kherson seriously wounded 13-year-old Artur Voblikov, a team of health staff carefully maneuvered the sedated boy up six flights of a narrow staircase to an operating room to amputate his left arm. Read more: Deadly missile strike adds to Ukraine war fears in Poland Malischchuk said that three children wounded by Russian strikes have come to the hospital this week, half as many as had previously been admitted in all of the nine months since the invasion began. Picking up a piece of shrapnel that was found in a 14-year-old boy’s stomach, he said children are arriving with severe head injuries and ruptured internal organs. Artur’s mother, Natalia Voblikova, sat in the dark hospital with her daughter, waiting for his surgery to end. “You can’t even call (Russians) animals, because animals take care of their own,” said Voblikova wiping tears from her eyes. “But the children ... Why kill children?” The European Parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed a resolution labeling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism for its invasion of and actions in Ukraine. The nonbinding but symbolically significant resolution passed in a 494-58 vote with 48 abstentions. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the vote. “Russia must be isolated at all levels and be held accountable in order to end its longstanding policy of terrorism in Ukraine and across the globe,” he wrote on Twitter. After Wednesday’s strikes, senior Zelenskyy aide Andriy Yermak wrote on Telegram: “The terrorists immediately confirm that they are terrorists — they launch rockets. Naive losers.”
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said that right now, the bulk power tariff hike will have no impact on the masses. “BERC (Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission) will examine whether it will have any impact on retail consumers in future,” he told reporters. Nasrul Hamid made the remark while talking to reporters at his ministry on Monday, following the announcement made by BERC to raise bulk power tariff by 19.92 percent with effect from December, 2022. Read: Tk 1893 crore unpaid as electricity bill by govt ministries, departments, Nasrul Hamid tells JS As per the announcement, the bulk power price will go up to Tk 6.20 per kilowatt hour (each unit) from previous Tk 5.17. Nasrul Hamid said the government wants to ensure uninterrupted power supply to consumers. “That’s why power tariff adjustment was needed,” he added. Earlier, Nasrul Hamid said that the power distribution entities are preparing their proposals to submit to BERC – seeking a hike in the electricity tariff at retail level. Read: Nasrul Hamid now hopes power supply situation will improve from Nov
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the people will not suffer much from electricity supply crisis from next month. “Due to the war in Ukraine, it is difficult to buy fuel and bring gas. Attention is being drawn to saving energy not only in our country, but also everywhere --England, America and Germany. They’re struggling (to ensure power supply). So, we also had to suffer for some days. Inshallah, perhaps there would be no such sufferings from next month,” she said. Hasina, also the President of Bangladesh Awami League, said this while chairing a meeting of her party's advisory council at her official residence Ganabhaban. The PM called upon everyone to exercise austerity in using fuel and water. “You’ll have to be frugal. Because, the whole world faces economic recession. We’re not free from its impacts,” she said. She reiterated her call to increase food production and not leave even a single inch of land uncultivated as the global economic situation is very bad. “The situation is terrible,” she said. Read: Grow more food, keep enough stock to avert any crisis: PM Hasina “If we can increase our own production, we will never face the heat of famine in Bangladesh,” she added. Talking about providing food to the poor at subsidised prices, she said, "We are buying all the things at high prices, but providing these to the people at lower prices so that none suffers from lack of foods." Mentioning that Awami League works for the welfare of people, Hasina said “Our work is for the welfare of all people….We didn’t come here to make our own fortune, rather we are building the destiny of the people of Bangladesh.” No real democracy before AL comes to power: Hasina said the people didn’t enjoy the true democracy and democratic rights in the country before Awami League came to power. “The people of this country didn’t have real democracy or democratic rights before Awami League came to power. Since AL assumed the government, we started the democratic process,” she said. "The transparency and accountability were ensured in the election, which came as outcomes of our (AL) movement and struggle," she added. The PM said all political parties are getting chance to do politics during the AL regime. “We’ve ensured such scopes,” she said criticising BNP for unleashing electoral irregularities and misrules during its past regimes. She said now Bangladesh is recognised as a role model for development all over the world although some people of the country don’t see any development. Read: Expedite implementation of Kuwait’s proposed petroleum refinery in Bangladesh: PM “They don't like anything. They won’t like this democratic government as well. If any undemocratic thing took place (undemocratic government comes in power), their value goes up,” she added. She said Bangladesh is moving forward and has attained the dignity again in the world because democratic trend continues since the 2008 election.
The visiting team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been keen to know how the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) sets power and gas tariffs. A four-member IMF delegation, led by Rahul Anand, head of its Asia and Pacific Division, has been in Bangladesh since October 26 to discuss the government's request for a $4.5 billion loan and held a series of meetings with its different departments. BERC Chairman Abdul Jalil welcomed the delegation in Kawran Bazar on Sunday. He briefed them about the operations of the energy regulator. Read more: IMF’s conditions for loan: TIB watchful about “discriminatory implications” Jalil said the IMF team mainly wanted to know how the regulatory body fixes the tariffs on gas and electricity. "We've informed the IMF team about the legal process that BERC follows as per the BERC Act while setting the tariffs of gas and electricity." BERC Deputy Director (Tariff) Quamruzzaman made a presentation on the way they set power and gas tariffs during the meeting. Sources at BERC said the IMF team mainly focused on the government's subsidies to the gas and power sector. They asked different questions on the process of the government's subsidies now being provided to the power and gas sector. They wanted to learn whether the subsidy is fixed by the government or BERC, said a source, adding that BERC made it clear that they have no scope to fix the subsidy. "Only the government sets the subsidy and allocates funds based on the requirements of the power and energy ministry.'" The IMF team was informed that the price of petroleum fuel is set by the government. It is supposed to be set by the energy regulator as per the BERC Act. Recently BERC turned down an appeal of the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) to raise the bulk power tariff to cover the financial losses of the government in providing electricity to the consumers. Read more: Bangladesh doesn’t need to borrow from IMF if dignity is sacrificed: FBCCI President BPDB said the government will have to spend Tk71,878 crore in the fiscal year 2021-22 on power production, of which Tk44,434 crore will be spent on buying electricity from the private sector. Of this amount, Tk37,963 crore will be required to buy power from the independent power producers (IPPs) and small IPP plants in the private sector which produce 38 percent (8,807 MW) of the total generation capacity. BERC held a public hearing on the issue in May this year and finally rejected BPDB's request on October 13.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud on Monday said the government has taken no decision to halt supply of power during daytime and Prime Minister’s Energy Advisor Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury’s statement in this regard is his personal. The minister said this while replying to a question from journalists during a meeting at the Secretariat. The PM’s advisor can explain his suggestion to stop using electricity during daytime to save power but it’s not from the government, he added. About BNP’s Khulna rally Hasan said bus-launch owners have called the strike on their own and government or the ruling party had no influence over it. BNP activists have vandalized newly established Khulna Railway station and attacked Doulatpur Awami League office during the rally, alleged the AL joint general secretary. Read: CCTV cameras in secret polling booths violate privacy: Hasan Mahmud “Bus-launch owners and workers were worried as from 2013 to 2015, BNP made arson attacks on buses, launches and burnt workers and passengers to death. That’s why they embarked on strikes,” he added. Reagarding Fakhrul’s statement in the rally Hasan said, before the election in 2008 BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia said AL won’t get even 30 seats but unfortunately it was them who got only 29 seats. “I fear Fakhrul’s statement of 10 seats will become true for themselves as it did for Begum Zia’s 30 seat one,” he said. Regarding BNP’s remark about AL being threatened by their rally he said, “We were rather tickled by seeing the size of their rally.” BNP usually holds rally with two thousand people so they actually got overwhelmed seeing 10 to 15 thousand people and went overboard with their speeches.
State Minister for Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said two engineers of the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) will be suspended over the national grid power failure that caused a nationwide blackout on October 4, 2022. “The decision will come into effect today,” he told reporters at the secretariat on Sunday after receiving the probe report on the incident. Read:Action against those behind national grid failure by Monday: Nasrul Hamid Action has been taken against an assistant engineer and a sub-assistant engineer of PGCB on charge of negligence of duty, said the state minister. “Action will be taken against others responsible for the power grid failure by this week after identifying them,” he said. Read:National grid failure: Power Division forms 7-member probe body On October 6, the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh formed a seven-member committee to identify the reasons behind the national grid power failure on October 4 that caused a seven-hour blackout across most of Bangladesh. The committee had three days to complete the investigation and submit its report.
Power supply situation in Dhaka city and elsewhere worsened today, as the workweek started after a three-day holiday. Officials of Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC) and Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (DESCO) said they have to go for more load shedding to deal with the increased demand in Dhaka city and nearby areas from this morning as offices and businesses opened. As a result, Dhaka and surrounding areas have to experience about 900 MW of power shortage, against a demand for about 2900 MW – triggering minimum 5-6 hour long load shedding throughout the day. Read: National grid failure: Power Division forms 7-member probe body During the holiday, there was 500-600 MW shortage against a demand for 2400 MW in Dhaka and adjoin areas, including Narayanganj and Tongi industrial hubs, he added. DPDC Managing Director Bikash Dewan said the areas under his company had 600 MW load shedding during daytime, since this morning. “We’re receiving 1150 MW against a demand for 1750 MW… the extent of load shedding may rise further with increasing demands due to hot weather,” he told UNB. Read: Power blackout triggers chaos in Dhaka petrol pumps Over the weekend and holiday, the load shedding was about 300 MW while demand was 1400 MW in DPDC areas. The DPDC chief executive admitted that consumers in some areas under DPDC have been experiencing power cuts for over 5 hours a day. “Other than conveying sincere regrets, we have nothing to do… We just supply what we receive,” he said. Read Nasrul seeks JICA’s help in modernising power-gas transmission, distribution in south-western region DPDC is responsible for power distribution to the central, west and southwest parts of Dhaka city and parts of Narayanganj. Most of the key point installations (KPIs), including official residences of the president and the prime minister, cantonments and most public hospitals are located in the DPDC areas. Managing director of DESCO, Md. Kausar Ameer Ali, shared similar experience in dealing with power supply situation in his areas. Read Saving electricity: Bangladesh Bank issues notice to close evening banking “In some cases, consumers in DESCO areas have to experience over 5 hours of load shedding throughout the day,” he said, adding that the extent of load shedding is higher today compared to the last three days of holiday. DPDC distributes power to the north and eastern parts of Dhaka city and Tongi industrial hub. Kausar noted DESCO has to go for 295 MW load shedding to manage a demand for 1065 MW of electricity. He also hinted that demand for power supply in Dhaka city may rise due to hot weather. Read Focus more on generating electricity from renewable sources: Nasrul Hamid
Nasrul seeks JICA’s help in modernising power-gas transmission, distribution in south-western region
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has sought the cooperation of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to modernise the gas and electricity transmission and distribution systems in the country’s south-western region. He made the call at a meeting with JICA's newly appointed Chief Representative to Bangladesh Tomohide Ichiguchi at the latter’s office at the Secretariat on Wednesday. “After construction of the Padma Bridge, a rapid development is taking place in the south-western part of the country. JICA can play a major role in modernising electricity transmission and distribution systems in the region,”he told Tomohide. During the meeting they discussed various issues related to mutual interest. Welcoming the newly appointed chief representative, Nasrul Hamid said that JICA is one of the main development partners of Bangladesh. He also requested the JICA local chief to extend cooperation to Bangladesh Power Management Institute (BPMI) to make it an international quality training institute for the development of human resources. Read: Relations with Bangladesh now deeper, more extensive: JICA He observed that a huge investment opportunity has been created in the distribution and transmission sector. He also requested the JICA to conduct a study on local area-based load management and possible power transmission to meet the requirements. Integrated master plan for energy and power, renewable energy, wind power, change in electricity consumption pattern, energy demand in industry, modernization of power and energy sector, land development of Maheshkhali, gas pipeline installation projects also came up for discussion. The JICA chief representative said, Bangladesh is his old work station. “JICA's will remain with Bangladesh to promote its development. JICA will continue to work for the development of BPMI,”he assured the state minister. JICA outgoing chief representative Yoho Hayakawa was also present on the occasion.
Prime Minister’s Energy Advisor Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury has said that dependence on imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) will continue as there is no immediate possibility of gas exploration from the country's offshore areas. “The government has taken the initiative to set up more floating storage and re-gasification units (FSRUs) across the country,” he told a webinar, organized by Bangladesh Energy Society (BES), today in the city. FSRUs are LNG terminals used to import gas in liquefied form. It is then re-gasified there before releasing it to the local supply network. Also read: Bangladesh seeks additional supply of LNG to meet growing demand The energy advisor said more sites are being selected in Payra of Patuakhali and Bhola to set up land-based LNG terminals in addition to the existing two FSRUs in Maheshkhali island of Cox’s Bazar. He noted that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already instructed to sign long-term deals to import more LNG. Currently, Bangladesh has long-term contracts with Qatar and Oman to import LNG while it also imports liquefied gas from international spot markets on a short-term basis. Also read: Petrobangla to get Tk 2000 crore from GDF to import LNG BES president and former principal secretary Abul Kalam Azad made a presentation at the virtual seminar titled: “Present Energy Crisis – Way Forward for Bangladesh” while eminent energy expert Professor Mohammad Tamim, president of Bangladesh Solar and Renewable Energy Association (BSREA) Dipal Barua, chairman of Energy Standing Committee of FBCCI Humayun Rashid, president of Bangladesh Independent Power Producers’ Association (BIPPA) Imran Karim, director of Summit Group Mohammed Faisal Karim Khan addressed on the occasion. Former chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and BES vice president ASM Alamgir Kabir presided over the event. Professor M Tamim said it would not be wise to take a concrete decision depending on the current energy crisis as it may not continue for a long time. Read Bangladesh purchases LNG, fertiliser at lower rates as prices fall in global market “Rather, there should be short, medium and long term measures to ensure energy security of the country,” he noted. Dipal Barua said that renewable energy could play a vital role in the current energy crisis. He mentioned that he came to his village home in Raojan where there was no electricity from 8 am to 12:30 pm. Humayun Rashid, FBCCI leader and CEO of Energypac Power Generation Ltd, which has set up a number of private power plants, said no other ministry should talk about the current power and energy crisis as it creates unrest among people. Read Bangladesh wants to procure LNG from Qatar for a longer period: PM “We’re passing our best ever time in electricity generation,” he claimed. BIPPA president Imran Karim said the role of the private sector in power generation is increasing and it is contributing 33 percent of electricity to the country.