National power, energy week begins today

The National Power and Energy Week-2016 begins today aiming to create public awareness about power and energy conservation and their efficient use.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the Week at the International Convention Centre, Bashundhara in the city at 10 am, which will continue till December 10.

President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the eve of the week.

In his message, the president said that the importance of power and energy is immense for promoting the country to the middle income group.

"The government has already taken different programmes for increasing power generation and improving transmission and distribution to maintain the ongoing socio-economic development of the country," the president said.

He hoped that the Power and Energy Week would help increase awareness among people about reducing misuse of power and the importance of its best consumption.

The prime minister, in her message, said that the government expected that it would ensure power supply to every household by 2021.

She said the power generation was only 1,600 megawatts in 1996, which increased to 4300 megawatts in 2001 during the tenure of her government.

"When we took the power again in 2009, the normal life of people was disrupted seriously due to scarcity of power and frequent blackouts," Sheikh Hasina said, adding that her government in the past eight years added 7,807 megawatts electricity to the national grid to improve the situation.

The premier said the power generation capacity had already been increased to 15,000 megawatts while construction of another 30 power stations were going on to add 10,743 megawatts power to the national grid.

She said we are constantly increasing the generation of power from gas-based power plants and from the sources of renewable energy besides taking initiatives of producing more power from coal-based and nuclear power plants.

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the government would celebrate 15,000 megawatts power generation capacity on December 8 at Hatirjheel in the city.

"The government is expected to import LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) by 2018 and there is a possibility for gas at Bhola," he told newsmen at a press briefing at Biydut Bhaban in the city.

During the energy and power week, the state minister said that a total of four international seminars would be held on the issues including technologies of coal based power plant, energy efficiency and international best practices in power and energy sectors.

The inaugural function will be followed by opening of an exhibition of power and energy related products and services. Local and international farms from public and private sectors will be participating in the fair to showcase their products and services.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)