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Govt plans to build Mujib energy hub in Bay of Bengal

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 19 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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The government has planned to develop an energy hub in the Bay of Bengal named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to strengthen regional cooperation in the energy sector, a top policymaker has said.

Former principal secretary Abul Kalam Azad, special envoy to the presidency at Climate Vulnerable Forum, on Saturday said the energy hub will contribute to the economy through strengthening the power coverage.

The former bureaucrat came made the remarks while addressing a webinar on the outcome of the Cop-26 Summit as the chief guest.

Energy and Power magazine organized the meeting in association with Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) and German agency - GIZ.

The government is working on 15 mega projects including six power plants and three LNG terminals in Maheshkhali-Matarbari area in Cox’s Bazar. These projects are expected to complete in the next 10 years.

SREDA Chairman Mohammad Alauddin was the special guest while Bangladesh Environmental Expert Forum secretary Nurul Quadir made the keynote presentation.

Energy & Power Editor Mollah Amzad Hossain conducted the sessions.

Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain and GIZ programme coordinator Modabbir bin Anam also spoke on the occasion.

Dr Abul Kalam Azad suggested for expansion of net metering projects for empowering the extreme poor to bring them out of poverty.    “Where we have rooftop solar systems, we can change it to net metering to help the poor become economically empowered,” he said.

The former principal secretary also urged the business bodies like Dhaka Chamber and FBCCI to encourage entrepreneurs and industrialists to leverage the unused space in business infrastructure through installing the net metering.

Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain said Bangladesh has opportunities in the transmission of renewable energy among the BBIN member countries.

BBIN for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal initiative is a sub-regional architecture of countries in Eastern South Asia.

“We are working to triple the contribution of renewable energy to reduce carbon emission. However, municipal waste is a major source of Methane gas. Power Cell works together with city corporations to produce electricity from waste. Discussion with Narayanganj City Corporation is underway to further extend such projects,” Mohammad Hossain said.

SREDA Chairman Mohamad Alauddin said they are working on innovative technology to reduce energy consumption in the country. “Under the power master plan, we eye to reduce 20 per cent consumption of electricity,”