Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) - Summit Group on Thursday signed another agreement with the government for installing a 583 MW dual-fuel combined cycle power plant in Meghnaghat by its existing 335 MW one.
As per the agreement, the government will purchase electricity over the next 22 years at a levelised tariff of Tk 2.176 per kilowatt hour (each unit) from the plant named Summit Meghnaghat II when it will be using gas as fuel.
But it was not mentioned by the group in its press statement as how much it will cost when the plant will be using petroleum fuel or imported LNG. But an official of the group said each unit of electricity will cost minimum Tk 15-16 when the plant will be running with liquid petroleum.
A Power Development Board (PDB) official said the power tariff will be US 3.69 cents for running with gas while US 6.8109 cents for running with imported LNG and US 15.75 cents for operation with imported HSD (high speed diesel).
He said the project will have to run for maximum time either with imported LNG or diesel as there is no available supply of gas for power plants.
Summit built up a consortium with US-based GE (General Electric) to implement the project which it obtained on unsolicited basis as it had not to compete in any bidding process.
The GE was also awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the project at a contract value of $390 million.
For implementation of the project, Summit Group had to sign a number of agreements with different government entities -- power purchase agreement (PPA) and land lease agreement (LLA) with state-owned PDB, gas supply agreement with Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Limited, fuel supply agreement (FSA) with Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation and implementation agreement (IA) with Power Grid Company of Bangladesh and Power Division.
Prime Minister’s Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, who attended the contract signing ceremony at the Bidyut Bhaban in the city, appreciated the local company’s investment in the country’s power sector.
US Ambassador Earl R Miller also appreciated the US company GE’s joint venture with Summit and said Bangladesh has received highest investment from the US companies.
He said the American companies are bringing the technologies with highest global standard.
Summit Group Chairman Mohammad Aziz Khan, Power Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus and PDB Chairman Khaled Mahmood also addressed the function.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) – Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Berc) has assured that it will consider proposals to hike the gas tariff judiciously as the four-day public hearing on those ended here on Thursday.
“Gas entities might have proposed raising gas tariff by more than 100 percent in some cases. But I can assure you that the commission will consider the matter judiciously without any biasness,” said Berc Chairman Monwar Islam while making his concluding remarks at the hearing.
He also reminded that the commission never agrees with the proposals placed by the gas companies and delivers its order applying its own judicious consciousness.
“For example, the companies proposed a 95 percent hike, but the Berc ordered an 11 percent hike,” Monwar told the audience who were mainly from different consumer rights groups, political parties, business bodies, civil societies and journalists.
He also urged people not to get panicked with the gas tariff hike proposals and instead keep their trust in the neutrality of the energy watchdog.
The Berc chairman directed the gas entities not to bring any unrealistic or exaggerated price hike proposal in the future, saying it creates panic among people.
He also called upon the participants to convey their additional arguments to the Berc by March 20 if they have any.
On the concluding day, the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company and Pashchimanchal Gas Distribution Company placed their respective proposals which were identical with other gas distribution entities like Titas, Bakhraba and Jalalabad.
As per the proposals, the consumer having a single burner oven will have to pay Tk 1,350 per month instead of exiting Tk 750 while the two-burner users will pay Tk 1,440 per month instead of Tk 800 and the metred household consumer has to pay Tk 16.41 per cubic metre (each unit) instead of Tk 9.10 per cubic metre for gas consumption.
Power plants will pay Tk 9.74 per unit of gas instead of the existing rate of Tk 3.16 with a rise of 208 percent while fertiliser factories will pay Tk 8.44 per unit instead of Tk 2.71 per unit with the rise of 211 percent.
They proposed increasing the gas tariffs by 96 percent to Tk 18.88 per unit from Tk 9.62 for captive power while it proposed hiking 132 percent gas tariff for industries to Tk 18.04 per unit against the existing rate of Tk 7.76 per unit.
They proposed raising the tariff by 50 percent for CNG to Tk 48 per unit from Tk 32 while 41 percent for commercial use of gas to Tk 24.05 from Tk 17.04 per unit.
Meanwhile, Islami Andolon Bangladesh staged demonstrations in front of the TCB Auditorium while the public hearing was taking process during the hearing in the morning session.
Terming the public hearing ‘illegal and farcical’, the party leaders urged the government to backtrack from the hearing process.
“Or else, there’ll be a greater movement against the government to force it to back out of the move,” said one of the leaders of the organization.
During the demonstration, huge police were deployed in the area to avert any untoward incident.
As per the Berc Act, the energy regulator will announce its decision within 90 days of the hearing.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) - Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon on Thursday said a total of 6,600 LED lights will be set up along the 190 kilometers of roads in the newly added wards of DSCC from April 1.
Within two months all the wards would be illuminated with the lights, he said while attending a programme to welcome the newly elected Ward Councilors at Konapara as chief guest.
“Around 75 percent reformation works of the roads in the newly added wards have been completed. The whole work will be completed by June,” he said.
Besides, a master plan has been taken with the wards of DSCC and a 400 feet road will be constructed from Jatrabari to Dakshinkhan, the mayor said.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB)- Newly elected Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam on Thursday proposed a new tagline for the capital styled “Love Dhaka” for creating mass awareness to make the country’s largest city a resilient one.
The DNCC Mayor gave the proposal while addressing an international workshop at a city hotel in the city titled ‘Towards Resilient Dhaka City’ jointly organized by DNCC, SEEDS Asia and the World Bank.
“We don’t need to take example from other cities, let us make Dhaka an example to others,” he added.
He also emphasized the importance of conducting more community awareness programme as well as providing training to city dwellers on disaster preparedness so that all inhabitants of the capital can contribute to make the capital a resilient city.
The workshop was organized to share the experiences and learning from two important projects – “Urban Resilience Project (URP)-DNCC Part” supported by World Bank and “Capacity building for Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction in Urban Area of Bangladesh” implemented by DNCC and SEEDS Asia supported by JICA as well as to discuss the way forward to make Dhaka a resilient city.
During the workshop, the mayor also unveiled a newly published booklet, “Nagar Pratyasha,” that is a compilation of extensive research based DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) knowledge by experts and community members in North Dhaka city.
DNCC Chief Executive Office Abdul Hai, Chief Engineer Brig Gen Md Jubayer Salehin, JICA country programme coordinator Naoki Matsumura, Senior Representative Yasuhiro Kawazoe, Executive Director of SEEDS Asia Yuko Nakagawa spoke community preparedness at the workshop.
Project director of URP-DNCC Dr Tariq bin Yousuf, SEEDS Asia media consultant Suvendrini Kakuchi and project coordinator Miharu Sato gave separate presentations in the workshop.
Moulvibazar, Mar 14 (UNB) – Mentioning that a ‘warlike’ atmosphere is created in the country during any election, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Thursday hoped that the situation will change one day and there will be polls environment like that in the developed countries.
“…there’re must be people to guard polling centres. This type of atmosphere is created in the country. But, there’s no such environment in the developed countries. The atmosphere prevailing in the rich country will develop here one day,” he said.
The CEC was addressing a views-exchange meeting with election officials and law enforcement agencies at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in the afternoon ahead of the 2nd phase upazila parishad elections.
He said law enforcers must ensure the security of voters and candidates. “It’ll have to be ensured so that voters can return home safely after casting their votes and so that no candidate is driven out of polling centre.”
Responding to a query about low turnout in the first phase upazila parishad polls held on March 10, Nurul Huda attributed it to the election boycott by the main opposition party.
Replying to another question, he said, “We arrange elections. And it’s the internal matter of a political party whether it’ll join polls or not.”
Superintendent of Police of the district Md Shahjalal, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Ashrafur Rahman, all Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNOs), representatives of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Ansar were present at the meeting.