Stakeholders urged the authorities to consider major river crossings of Jamuna and Padma as well as primary fuel sources before finilising the Integrate Energy and Power Master Plan.
The stakeholders made the call at a daylong meeting in Dhaka on Tuesday to discuss the draft Integrated Energy and Power Master Plan under.
Prime Minister’s Adviser on Power and Energy Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury attended in first session as the chief guest while PM principal secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikausjoined as special guest.
State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid was present as the chief guest in the second session.
The meeting was also attended by Power Division secretary Md Habibur Rahman, Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh ITO Naoki, Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) additional secretary AKM Fazlul Huq, Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) chairman Balayet Hossain, Rural Electrification Board (REB) chairman Moin Uddin, Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) managing director Bikash Dewan and other senior officials concern.
Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said, “Bangladesh is looking for nuclear fuel as it’s zero emitting fuel and which will be also competitive in price compared to other fuels.”
He said,“Some are debating on coal-based power plants here.But I assured you that we have introduced the best technology to establish the coal-based power projects in Bangladesh.”
Prime Minister’s principal secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus said, “Prime Minister has instructed us to consider the environmental issues while undertaking development projects.”
“We are the victim of climate change. So we need to plan projects considering this issue,” he said.
BPDB chairman Balayet Hossain said,“JICA should consider major river crossings of Jamuna and Padma as setting up of power transmissionlines over river crossings faces difficulty.” He also sought opinion on how to address scrapping of the coal-fired power plants in the new integrated plan.
The GTCL managing director suggested addressing the present reserves of natural gas at the master plan. Bangladesh is formulating an integrated energy and power sector master plan with a focus on the "3E+S" concept, after responding to the suggestions of energy experts and stakeholders.
The government is pursuing the “3E+S” concept of ensuring energy security, economic efficiency, and environmentwhile focusing on safety in this regard.