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Dhaka Friday,  Nov 17, 2017

Bangladesh Is A Dumping Ground For Abandoned Projects; Anu Muhammad

EB Report

India and China have already shut down many coal-fired plants because they are bad for the environment and shifted their energy dependency to renewable sources, but these countries are interested to set up such power plants in Bangladesh, economist Prof Anu Muhammad said today.

“Is Bangladesh a dumping ground where they would implement their abandoned projects?” the professor said, suggesting that the government should embrace renewable energy like the neighbouring countries.

National Committee to Save Sundarbans and Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (BAPA) jointly organised the press conference at the National Press Club on Monday.

National Committee to Save Sundarbans and Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (BAPA) jointly organised the press conference at the National Press Club on Monday.

In the present power system master plan, the government set a target to generate 40,000 MW power by 2030 where 50 percent will be produced from coal-fired power plants and remaining 50 percent will come from other sources.

Anu alleged that when Germany, China and India have been working with new innovative ideas to utilise renewable energy to meet their energy needs, Bangladesh is receiving globally abandoned projects and ideas for power generation.

He said India is pushing those projects which were rejected there onto Bangladesh, which is being forced to accept them and move backwards.

Visiting international energy experts and Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’s director Tim Buckley and Energy Finance analyst Simon Nicholas presented a keynote paper at the conference titled: ‘Bangladesh Electricity Transition: A Diverse, Secure and Deflationary Way Forward’.

In the paper they observed Bangladesh is currently excessively dependent on gas-fired power generation and domestic sources of gas are becoming increasingly unreliable.

Eminent energy expert and Dhaka University professor Badrul Imam, BAPA vice president and writer -journalist Syed Abul Maksud, architect Mobasher Hossain, and Sharif Zamil also spoke at the press conference.

 

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