Beximco Group, a leading conglomerate in Bangladesh, is planning to establish an LPG-based power plant in the country. Dhaka Tribune reported that Rafiqul Islam,Beximco’s Executive Director (Corporate Affairs), has requested the chairman of the Power Development Board (PDB) to call a meeting.
Rafiqul Islam had had written a letter to the PDB that stated, “Beximco Group is planning to introduce LPG as a new type of fuel for power generation, with the support of its US-based technical partner General Electric (GE).” However, the proposed capacity of the plant and its feasible location was not mentioned in the letter.
A source closely associated with this project informed, “The project’s providence will depend on the outcomes of the meeting by evaluating the feasibility of setting up LPG-based power plant in Bangladesh.”
In Bangladesh, LPG is commonly used as a cooking fuel, and considering the benefits, Salman F Rahman -led Beximco Group has proposed to utilize the source in power generation as well. LPG is also seen as a competitor of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and coal, attributable to its good heating value, cleaner generation and lower costs.
The letter substantiated the competence of GE, claiming that the group has pioneered this technology, and that it was successfully running a number of LPG-fired power plants across America, Africa and Asia.
However, Nasrul Hamid, Bangladesh’s State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources said, “There is shortage of primary fuel to help establish a power plant.”
“We are planning to use various fuel options in power plants,which is why we have decided to use LPG in government and private sectors,”Hamid added.
In 2016, the Beximco Group had collaborated with two Chinese companies,both to generate 2,180 MW electricity, of which, 1,980 MW was commissioned from coal-fired power plant and 200 MW from a solar power plant.