16th June 2022
EP Report

A planned "integrated energy-power sector master plan" is likely to be ready by November this year.


The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ), a Japanese firm, gave such an indication when its team met State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid at his ministry office in the city.


The Tokyo-based consulting firm has been working to prepare the integrated master plan following an agreement between the Bangladesh government and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed on March 15 in 2021.


Ichiro Kutani, the head of the IEEJ team, informed that his firm has planned to submit a draft copy of the proposed integrated plan by October this year to facilitate open discussion on it.


After a meeting with the stakeholders, the integrated master plan will be submitted in November, he told the state minister.


JICA power and energy advisor Toshiyuki Kobayash and Bangladesh representative Taro Katsurai were present on the occasion.


Official sources said this is for the first time, the government has moved to formulate an integrated master plan comprising both power and energy issues.


Previously, separate master plans were framed for the power sector and energy sector and there was little coordination between the two sectors.

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