French firm keen to set up alternative energy plants
A French energy and power group executive yesterday said his company is considering establishing alternative energy plants in Bangladesh in order to counter the country's dependency on natural gas.
"Bangladesh should develop alternative energy plants on a larger scale to reduce dependency on the main energy resources of the country, natural gas," said Dhruv Pant, Country Director of Areva T&D.
Dhruv said Areva is looking to expand its activities in the country and has plans for alternative energy plants capable of exploiting solar or wind power. However he said the most likely source of alternative electricity generation would be bio-mass powered plants which are most suitable for Bangladesh.
The plans were outlined following a series of presentations by three executives of French power companies in the luncheon meeting of the France Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFB) at a city hotel.
Along with Dhruv, Olivier Wattez of Total E&P Bangladesh and PV Subramaniyam of Total Gaz made the presentations.
Presided over by CCIFB President Syed Farhad Ahmed, the function was participated by French Ambassador to Bangladesh Jacques Andre Costilhes as chief guest.
Responding to a question on further exploration of the country's energy reserves, Olivier Wattez said the company was seeking government action in the opening of third round bids for the offshore region.
Subramaniyam used his presentation to describe the potential market for liquefied petroleum gas and the potential to increase its use in households.
If the uses of LPG were popularised and expanded, the pressure on natural gas would be decreased and more natural gas could be used for industrial purposes, he said.
Laurent Estrade, Trade Commissioner, France Embassy in Dhaka, Rifat Rashid, director, CCIFB, also spoke on the occasion.