Industrial sector gas supply to increase 50 percent by the year 2018, said Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury. He also informed that the government has taken initiative to set up a special economic zone to accelerate the trade and commerce.
The Adviser came up with the assurance while addressing a seminar titled ‘Energy Security 2030: Challenges and Opportunities’ organized by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) on 29 July 2017 in the city.
He said, “The Payra power plant will start its production by 2019.”
Informing that a contract has been signed to generate 1320 MW coal fired power plant in Matarbari, the adviser said Bangladesh has already received 1,100 MW power from India. But, our target is to produce 35,000 MW by 2030.
“The government is currently producing 300 MW power from coal. Solar energy in the country has the opportunity to meet the demand for electricity”, said Chairman of Standing Committee on ministry of power energy and mineral resource, Md. Tazul Islam MP.
BUET Professor, Dr M Tamim made a keynote presentation on the topic saying that the country should give priority to development of skill human resources to create good managers to run the energy sector.
“Our demand for fuel is increasing day by day for economic development. For this, we will continue our search for new gas fields for energy security”, said DCCI President, Abul Kasem Khan. Leaders from industries, energy, banks, financial institutions and professionals also spoke in the seminar.