Energy

THAILAND POWER NEWS (2005)

THAILAND POWER NEWS (2005) from Energy Briefing - Asia Pulse.

INDONESIA POWER NEWS 2005

INDONESIA POWER NEWS 2005 from "Energy Briefing - Asia Pulse"

Privatization of Pakistan energy SOEs – 2005 news

Privatization of Pakistan energy SOEs – 2005 news from “Energy Briefing – Asia Pulse”

PACIFIC ENERGY NEWS (2005)

Compiled from Energy Briefing - Asia Pulse, 2005.

GAIL INDIA (Gas), UNOCAL, CAIRNS in Bangladesh (2005)

INDIA HOPES FOR EARLY SIGNING OF MOU ON GAS PIPELINE
FEB 8, 2005, DHAKA - India today said it looked forward to an early signing of a MOU for a tri-nation gas pipeline that involves Myanmar and Bangladesh and dismissed reports in sections of Bangladeshi media that New Delhi was yet to send the list of negotiators for the technical committee meeting in this regard. "It is our sincere hope that the forthcoming Technical Committee deliberations in Yangon (Myanmar) will be meaningful and successful, thereby paving the way for the early signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the tri-nation gas pipeline," the Indian High Commission here said in a statement.

GAIL (INDIA) SIGNS MOU WITH BANGLADESH FIRM FOR GAS RETAILING (FEB)
State-run gas firm GAIL (India) Ltd has signed an agreement with Spectra International Ltd of Bangladesh to identify possibilities of joint cooperation in CNG infrastructure development projects and gas retailing in Bangladesh.

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Phulbari coal plant, Asia Energy (Bangladesh)

BANGLADESH ENERGY MINISTRY TO REVISE EXISTING COAL RELATED LAWS (AUG)
regulations and policies in the context of growing interest by the foreign companies in the country's coal mine sector.

Tata Group in Bangladesh (2005)

TATA GROUP APPOINTS CHIEF REPRESENTATIVE IN BANGLADESH (JAN)
India’s giant conglomerate has begun feasibility studies for proposed multi-billion dollar investments in power, urea and steel.

BANGLADESH POWER UPDATES 2005

Compiled from "Energy Briefing - Asia Pulse" re: ADB/WB; SPPs, IPPs, CPPs; South Asia power grid; India-Bangladesh-Burma gas pipeline; Barapukuria coal-fired plant (250 mw); Meghnaghat power combined cycle 3 (450-mw); Sylhet combined cyle power (90 mw).

Review of ADB's Energy Policy

Energy Policy (& Matrix of comments)
ADB, Working Paper, Jan 2009
http://www.adb.org/Documents/Policies/Energy-Policy/W-Paper-Energy-Polic...

Opportunities to Address Climate Change in Australia

Unions in Australia are strongly pushing for the country to become a world leader in responding to climate change by developing green industries that =ould create up to a million "green collar" jobs by 2030 and millions of dollars in export earnings. The Australian Services Union (ASU) has published a report entitled "Quality Public Services - Opportunities to address climate change in Australia", which is a useful trade union view of how to address climate change and the challenges that accompany it. ASU National Assistant Secretary, Greg McLean, said "The ASU believes that practical action must be planned and implemented to assist our members and their industries to prepare for the future. As the impact of climate change is addressed, there will be new jobs and types of work in some industries where 80,000 ASU members are currently employed." He added, "In our view, quality public services and the people who provide them are most likely to provide the leadership and solutions required to address climate change."

ADB 2007 evaluation India energy sector

The impacts of the electricity reforms to date have increased competitiveness and led to a demonstration effect among the states’ electricity sectors and their regulators, adding momentum to the central government’s impetus for reform. The positive outcomes have isolated national anti-reform movements. The effects of reforms are incremental, rather than “big bang,” and follow an Indian development model rather than one imposed by outside assistance agencies. The reforms are gradually shifting the financial risks from the consumer to the management of the electricity sector. The least effective changes have been in the areas of human resource development and in attaining the desired quality of governance in the distribution sector (particularly with regard to management and accounting practices). (p. iii)

experience in resisting privatization in energy sector in Thailand

The campaigning against privatization in energy sector was led by PUPN (Public Utilities Protection Network). PUPN is comprised of 3 electricity unions and 2 water unions. -non stop activities since 2003. -campaigned and mobilized not only union members but also communities and publics The successful activities got full support from media and publics.[By Chaiwat V- PSI-Thailand]

experience in resisting privatization in energy sector in Thailand

The campaigning against privatization in energy sector was led by PUPN (Public Utilities Protection Network). PUPN is comprised of 3 electricity unions and 2 water unions. -non stop activities since 2003. -campaigned and mobilized not only union members but also communities and publics The successful activities got full support from media and publics.[By Chaiwat V- PSI-Thailand]

ADB’s Power / Energy Projects in Asia-Pacific (as of May 2008)

Asian Development Bank (ADB) extends loans and provides technical assistance to its developing member countries for a broad range of development projects and programs. ADB identified core sectors for its assistance as road transport, energy, urban infrastructure, rural infrastructure, education, and financial services. In recent years, ADB has increasingly placed more emphasis on its private sector operations. In 2007, ADB approved $10.1 billion of loans, $673 million of grant projects, and technical assistance ($243 million). Private sector operations totaled $1.7 billion, significantly above recent levels. Most assistance went to the operational sector, with 39% of total loans (or $3.9 billion) going to transport and communications, more than double the amount in 2006.

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