Policymakers favour coal imports for energy security

Staff Correspondent

10 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Policymakers favour coal imports for energy security

The country’s top policy makers have favoured coal imports to meet local requirement.    

They came up with this remarks at a virtual seminar styled: “Energy Scenario of Bangladesh: Prospects Challenges & Way Forward” on the occasion of National Energy Security Day 2020 under the theme ‘Commitment of Mujib Year, Right to Energy at Affordable Price.’

Prime Minister's Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury was present at the event as the chief guest while State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid spoke as the special guest.

Dr Elahi said the government has decided to import coal to meet local demand considering drainage system after mining.

“We will import coal….but we cannot bring back our agricultural land after it got damaged due to coal extraction,” the adviser said. Increasing the search activities as well as taking necessary steps can ensure the supply of primary fuel simultaneously, said Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury.

Speaking as the special guest, Nasrul said that the foundation of Bangladesh's energy security has been laid by the Father of the nation.  The government has taken effective steps to achieve self-sufficiency in petrol production, increase gas, coal and stone production to ensure energy security through import of LNG as an alternative gas, said Nasrul Hamid.

“Some of the notable cost effective projects are Single Point Moring, ERL Unit-2, Floating Storage Re-Gasification Unit, LNG Terminal, Oil Transport in Pipeline from Chittagong which are on the way to implementation,” he added.

The use of LPG has increased significantly, from 45,000 metric tonnes in 2009 to seven lakh metric tons in 2019. The use of technology in uninterrupted power and fuel supply is increasing

Former Director of Petrobangla Engineer, Md Quamruzzaman presented the keynote paper. The keynote paper focused on energy for economic growth, human resource development and the current state of power and energy in Bangladesh.

Senior Secretary to Energy and Mineral Resource Division Md Anisur Rahman presided over the virtual seminar.

Among others, Chairman of the Standing Committee on the Ministry of Power and Energy Md. Shahiduzzaman Sarkar, Member of Parliament Abu Zahir, Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) Chairman Md Shamsur Rahman and Petrobangla Chairman ABM Abdul Fattah were present at the event.