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About HCU
Hydrocarbon Unit was established in July 1999 in the form of a project titled "Strengthening of the Hydrocarbon Unit in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources" under grant financing from Norwegian Government. As there was lack of International standard expertise in the energy sector, an Institutional Co-operational Contract was signed between Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Norway and Hydrocarbon Unit (HCU) in the Energy and Mineral Resources Division. This institutional co-operation contract resulted in successful transfer of technology between the two countries and as a result HCU successfully implemented some National important activities of the energy sector which includes the following:


After successful completion of the first phase in December 2005, the second phase titled "Strengthening of the Hydrocarbon Unit (Phase-II)" in the Energy and Mineral Resources Division has been continuing since April 2006 and expected to be completed by the end of December 2012 being financed by the Royal Norwegian Government Grant and administered by Asian Development Bank.
Feeling the necessity of such activities in the first Phase, Government of Bangladesh has already set up HCU as a Permanent Footing in the Energy and Mineral Resources Division.
Energy and Mineral Resources Division entrusted the HCU with the following functions to perform:

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