A review of development trends in the energy sector of Bangladesh
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This is the second report under the CMI/NCG contract for strengthening the country-specific knowledge base of NORAD and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This energy review examines the gas and power sectors in terms of major actors, current and potential output, generation, transmission and distribution problems and the emerging policy regime.The main challenge for Bangladesh is how to provide electricity to domestic industry and households and broaden access to natural gas. Consumers are willing to pay for electricity, but are constrained by supply.Bangladesh has undertaken reforms in production by providing favourable treatment for international oil and power producers. Reforms in the distribution of energy have not been as effective. It is argued that the implementation of reforms has been slow because of stiff resistance from the bureaucracy, the officials of the concerned agencies and their trade unions.Gas is currently the only indigenous non-renewable energy resource in the country that is produced and consumed in significant quantities. The report discusses alternative options for the use of this resource (power production or gas export). The report also underscores the importance of coming up with a regional perspective on the use of energy resources.
PublisherChr. Michelsen Institute
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