It does not require a rocket scientist to figure out that energy security for the country cannot come through importing primary energy. But the information, based on the current policies for the electricity sector, that by 2030 we will be importing 92% of the energy requirements, is astounding.
Japan realised the folly of over-dependence on foreign energy resources through the oil price shock of the early 70s, and given their lack of natural resources, developed nuclear as an alternative source of electrical energy.
But, we do have natural resources, albeit difficult to utilise.
Utilising the Phulbari coal remains a political hot potato as the local population is opposed to open cut mining. The government has to offer them an attractive package (for example: Improved housing, job opportunities, schools, health centres, free education till graduation, free medical care for all residents, relocation of the bones of the deceased to a new graveyard with utmost dignity and care following religious rites, etc) to persuade them to accept the offer.
Hard work needs to be done at the local level to convince the concerned people to make some sacrifice for a national cause. Ultimately, the cost of incentives will be insignificant compared to the asset released (a potential 570 million tonnes of high quality coal which can support 4,000MW power generation besides being used in the country for brick production and export). As I understand, following the recovery of coal, agricultural activities can resume in the area. What are we waiting for?
An Australian firm had proposed in 2011 the coal gasification process for recovery of the deep-seated Jamalganj coal. 60 such projects are currently under development in Australia, UK, Hungary, Pakistan, Poland, Bulgaria, Canada, US, Chile, China, Indonesia, India, South Africa, Botswana, and other countries. Was there any follow-up to the Australian proposal for Jamalganj coal?
The biggest mistake we made in the energy sector was not investing appropriately in developing local capability in gas exploration and development. BAPEX, the exploration wing of Petrobangla, was treated as a stepson for reasons unknown.
It has been argued in the seminar in question that, over the last 10 years, only BAPEX had done exploration in the country and the result was not impressive and hence, we should invite the International Oil Companies (IOCs) to do exploration.
I would ask: “If IOCs can find gas, why can’t BAPEX?” What is ailing BAPEX? Let us find out and raise BAPEX to IOC standard. I know it is easier said than done. But I strongly believe that investing in our local exploration capability is worth every penny in the long run.
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Thought i'd pop in for a looksy when todays RNS popped in the old inbox. dear oh dear looking very bad indeed. even the company seem to be totally disheartened with the project now.
Nearly 5p then as predicted by hippo the wise. Apologies accepted lads, no hard feelings from me. I know it was only banter.
Anyways, have fun & keep on with your fantasy nibbling FQ (still a BS clown i see)
In naogaon, north-west district of the country, a new coal mine was likely to find. Geological Suervay of Bangladesh (GSB) conducting a survey in Tilokpur union on akkelpur upozila at Naogaon. After the survey GSB initially located the mine in this area. Now, Mining depth, spread, amount of reserve and the quality of coal will be determined by exploratory wells. GSB and fuel ministry source informs, grubber rig has been sent in the spot and necessary actions also been taken. GBC and fuel ministry said, the depth of sedimentary basin in Tilokpur is 1,200m. if the discovery confirmed, the mine will be countries 6th and most deep coal mine. Md. Nehal Uddin, general director of GSB, said the digging will start in December. Until digging the discovery can’t be confirmed. Professor of Dhaka University, Geology Department, Badrul Imam also agree with that. He added, all coal mine of north Bangla are in Gondoana basin. The basin of Naogaon will be deeper because the area is in the southern site. Beside discovery of mine confirmed after digging. Till, 5 coals mine was discovered in the country. Those mines reserve 300cr metric tons which is equivalent to 50tfc gas fuel. Boropukuria coal mine was discovered in 1985; Khalashpir in 1990 and Dighipara in 1995. These three mines were discovered by GSB. Coal mine in Jamalganj at Jaypurhat also discovered by Geological Survey Department of Pakistan’s period. Only Fulbaria mine was discovered by a foreign company named BHP Mineral. Jamalganj mine is 1000m deep and the rest 4 are in a range of 250m to 500m deep. Only Boropukuria uses tunnel mining system to extract coal. This coal runes a 250mw local power plant. Recently another 275mw power plant contraction started in Boropukuria. Sate owned Boropukuria Coal Mine Company (BCMCL) runes the mine. Only 20 per cent coal of the reserve can be extracted by using tunnel mining system and there is no other system to extract the rest after using tunnel mining system. Recently government decided to extract coal from Dighipara. BCMCL got this responsibility also. Company source inform, it took a project estimated tk 3,200cr. 87cr metric tons coal is reserved in the mine which is located in 328m to 455m deep. Area of the mine is almost 24 square fit. According to governments mega plan on power they want to generate 20,000mw electricity by 2030. Government will use local and import
http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/11/22/119243 The country should also come up with a strong commitment to utilise local coal that is lying underground. The government should immediately convert the country's gas-fired power plants to coal-fired ones and keep using natural gas for industries and manufacturing units.
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