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Nasrul: Coal to generate 50% electricity by 2022

  • Published at 07:44 pm October 27th, 2016
Nasrul: Coal to generate 50% electricity by 2022
The government expects that coal to be used to generate 50% of electricity in Bangladesh by 2022, State Minister for Energy Nasrul Hamid has said. "Under the Power System Master Plan, coal would be the primary fuel for power generation," he told a roundtable titled Mega Project Debate. Energy and Power, a specialised magazine for energy sector, staged the programme at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital on Thursday, reports BSS. "We expect coal to be used to generate 50% of electricity by 2022," said the minister. He said currently the country has a reserve of 3,500 million metric tonnes of coal and even if 35% of the volume could be recovered that would be equivalent to 28 TCF gas. Energy and Power's editor Mollah M Amzad Hossain chaired the roundtable where international energy expert Engineer Khandkar Abdus Saleque Sufi presented the keynote paper. In his keynote paper, Sufi said the government steps to protect Sundarbans while building the proposed coal-fired Ramal plant particularly regarding emission control and use of better quality coal satisfied him as an expert. "A 275 meter tall chimney would be set up to knock down the last traces of particulate matters while superior quality of coal would be procured from Australia or Indonesia and transported to deep sea anchorage by Panamax or Supermax mother vessels," he said listing the major precautions to be taken to minimise the environmental risks of the project. Sufi also said the specially designed vessels would carry the imported coal to the plant site from the deep sea to be deposited to meet three months demand in specially built storehouses. "It (the plant) would be an ultra-super critical power plant," he said adding that the plant was unlikely to harm the mangrove forest also because it would be located far away from the Sundarbans. Hamid, on the other hand, said, alongside the coal, the government also put in its efforts to tap regional sources of conventional and renewable hydropower. "We plan to invest $1billion in the hydro electricity". "Some $40 billion would be required to implement mega projects in the power sector by 2021," he said adding investors from India, China, World Bank, ADB, JICA expressed their interest to invest in the energy and power sector. He said the country needs Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) 3,500 mmccfd and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) would be supplied to households around 70% by the next three years. Hamid alleged that the current campaign against the proposed coal-fired Rampal power plant was aimed to frustrate the government target to ensure energy security with a political motive designed by BNP and its crucial ally Jamaat-e-Islami. Most experts who took part in the roundtable said that there was no scientific or technical basis of the campaign being carried out by different groups against the pant. Daily Prothom Alo's city editor and energy writer Arun Karmaker, former managing director of BAPEX Mortuza Ahmed Faruque, energy experts Professor Ijaz Hossain and Dr Kazi Bayzid Kabir of BUET, Consumer Association of Bangladesh's (CAB) energy adviser Dr. M Shamsul Alam and PDB's former chief engineer M Mizanur Rahman, among others, joined as panel discussants.
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