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Nasrul: Gas price may rise for commercial, industrial, power sectors

  • Published at 07:28 pm March 2nd, 2019
Nasrul Hamid
File photo of State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid Dhaka Tribune

The country needs $110-120 billion investment in power and energy sectors till 2030

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 have submitted proposals to the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) for some adjustment in gas prices. But it will depend on BERC's decision how much it would allow us," he said while addressing “Meet-the-Energy-Reporters” program at a river cruise on Saturday.

The remarks from the junior minister came against the backdrop of BERC's announcement to hold a four-day public hearing on gas price hike scheduled to begin on March 11.Forum for Energy Reporters Bangladesh (FERB) organized the function with its Chairman Arun Karmaker in the chair. Its Executive Director Sadrul Hasan conducted the program.

The state minister also launched the new FERB website, (www.ferbd.com), at the function.

Nasrul, however, noted that though the government is intending to raise the gas tariff, it will have no big impact on the power tariff as there is a plan to increase the use of gas a fuel for power plants and also retiring some petroleum-fuel fired generation units.

"Since we are reducing the use of petroleum fuel at some costly power plants and increasing the use of gas in more power plants, it will have minimum impact on power tariffs," he told energy reporters.

Responding to questions, Nasrul said his ministry is fully supportive to the idea of reducing the use of LNG in motor vehicles and introducing more electric vehicles including bus, cars and other transports.

He said it is necessary to develop infrastructure to facilitate the recharging service before introducing electric motor vehicles.

Nasrul also said the power and energy sectors' next challenge is adaptation to new technology by the professionals now working in the public sector.

He said the import of LNG and coal will not put any big pressure on foreign exchange reserves.

The state minister said the country now needs about $110-120 billion investment in power and energy sectors up to 2030.