Wednesday, 1 February, 2023

Mitsubishi Power to continue support Bangladesh power industry amid growing energy need

Mitsubishi Power to continue support Bangladesh power industry amid growing energy need

Mitsubishi Power, a leading Japanese brand in power system solutions, has expressed commitment to continue its support for Bangladesh’s power industry.

"Together with our valued partners and customers, we are committed to supporting Bangladesh in realising its energy needs and achieving net zero emissions,” said Osamu Ono, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mitsubishi Power Asia Pacific, while addressing a 2-day Gas Turbine Technical Seminar in the city on Sunday.

Mitsubishi Power, the power solutions brand of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, kicked off its two-day (December 11-12) event aimed at discussing the latest solutions and services in the power generation industry to advance energy security and decarbonisation.

Power secretary Habibur Rahman, Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) chairman Md Mahbubur Rahman and Deputy Chief of Mission of Japan Embassy in Dhaka Machida Tatsuya also addressed the function.

Osamu Ono said Bangladesh was the first Asia-Pacific country where Mitsubishi Power successfully delivered a steam turbine back in 1960.

"Since then, we have remained committed to our mandate and today, are responsible for approximately 20 percent of Bangladesh’s total energy production", he said.

The country has immense potential for growth, fueled by progress in its power sector, he added.

The event, attended by around 200 government representatives, industry leaders and local partners, includes dedicated user sessions and presentations by Mitsubishi Power’s technical experts that deep dive into Mitsubishi Power’s industry leading solutions and services – from decarbonisation technologies such as hydrogen and ammonia co-firing, to enhancement of the reliability and performance of gas turbines.

Addressing the event Habibur Rahman said that after achieving the target of 100 percent electricity supply across the country, now the transitional goal is to ensure affordable, better quality and uninterrupted power supply to all.

He hopes that Mitsubishi Power will be with them in achieving the target of 40,000 megawatt of power generation by 2030.

He also highlighted interest in hydrogen technology, citing Bangladesh's ‘Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan’ that seeks cleaner, renewable energy sources such as green hydrogen and blue hydrogen.

BPDB chairman Mahbubur Rahman appreciated Mitsubishi Power for partnering with Bangladesh for more than two decades and helping the country in achieving long-term power supply.

Bangladesh has started hydrogen-based power generation, which will play an important role in reducing carbon emissions.

He expressed hopes that through this, Mitsubishi Power will play a special role in strengthening the partnership with the government towards achieving the country’s energy needs and the goal of zero carbon emission.

It was told that Mitsubishi Power’s gas turbines support Bangladesh’s power grid at five power plants across the country.

Its M701F gas turbine was installed in Haripur as the first large-class gas turbine in Bangladesh and one of the most efficient and reliable in the country since 2014.

These power plants are complemented by after-sales and operations and maintenance services to ensure that plants remain efficient and support a constant supply of electricity across the country.