PM to open power week tomorrow

Staff Correspondent

5 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

A three-day National Power and Energy Week 2018 kicks off tomorrow at International Convention City Bashundhara in the capital.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the power week as the chief guest.

PM’s Power and Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid, Chairman of  Parliamentary Standing Committee on Power and Energy Md Tajul Islam, Power Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus and Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem will speak at the inaugural ceremony of the power and energy week.

On the opening day, Nasrul Hamid will present a keynote at a seminar styled ‘Future Prospect of Regional Connectivity’ while the power secretary has consented to be the panel member.

On the second day, the ministry of power and energy will organise a seminar titled ‘Power and energy: funding the way to sustainable growth’.

Siemens Head of Power and Gas Richard Reisig will present the keynote paper while the prime minister’s chief coordinator for SDG affairs has consented to be session chair.

Besides, another seminar styled ‘New Technologies: Innovations in Power and Energy’ will be organised by the ministry of power and energy on Friday.

Chief Executive Officer of General Electric Company of South Asia Vishal Wanchoo and Prof Syed Islam of Curtin University, Australia will present keynote paper while Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury has consented to be session chair.

On September 8, a seminar on ‘Energy Pricing’ will be held at International Convention City Bashundhara.

Executive Director of Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh Dr Ahsan H Mansur will present the keynote paper while Energy and Mineral Resources Secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem has consented to be session chair.

Country’s total power generation capacity is now over 20,000MW which was only 4,942MW in 2009.

Country’s access to electricity is now 92 percent which was just 47 percent in 2009, while the number of consumers is now over 30 million which was 10.8 million and per capita generation now stands at 464kwh. 

Besides, the government is importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to meet natural gas demand now. Another 500mmcfd each will be imported in 2019 and 2020.

In observance of the national power week, the ministry of power and energy will arrange a three-day fair where a total of 51 organisations in public sector and over 70 private sector organisations will participate.

The power and energy sector entrepreneurs will display their products and services at the fair.

The prime minister is expected to visit the fair on the opening day.