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Bangladesh plans to construct its first liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-fired power plant to meet a growing demand for electricity in the country.

The move is also aimed at diversifying energy supply sources and easing pressure on the country’s diminishing natural gas resources, Nasrul Hamid, State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, told S&P Global Platts.
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The project will be led by business conglomerate Beximco Group, in partnership with its US-based technical partner General Electric, according to another senior MPEMR official. The plant’s capacity and location are yet to be confirmed.

The project announcement follows the implementation January 29 of Bangladesh‘s first policy aimed at expanding supply and boosting consumption of LPG, to replace natural gas in the power, transport and industrial sectors.