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  1. Was the forum down for some time? I was unable to access it for a few weeks
  2. The claims from this particular article was given quite a detailed refutation on YPF. Here's the copy paste version: This is a misleading report and does not really capture the nuances of the power sector. For starters, IEEFA (the institute that conducted the study this news article refers to) is know to be a proponent of renewable energy and often manipulates their analysis to make conventional power generation look bad. Consider this quote from Simon Nicholas, the author of the study. "A long-term switch from cheap domestic gas towards more expensive imported coal and liquefied natural gas (LNG), combined with the severe, long-term power overcapacity Bangladesh is on course for, is likely to see government subsidies continue to rise”. He conveniently fails to mention that the switch to imported LNG is purely driven by depleting natural gas reserves. The report similarly fails to mention this fact as well. Past reports have also done a shoddy analysis of the sector in order to promote their renewable energy agenda. While promoting renewable energy is definitely appreciated, one should also take into consideration the market realities and cost implications. Conventional power will thus remain part of the energy mix, whether one likes it or not. Now coming back to the point of 'unused capacity'. It is true that total installed capacity is higher than available demand at present. However, this is not the full picture. Most of the BPDB owned power plants, run by gas, are not modernized. Their average efficiency is around 30%. So even though their installed capacity is high on paper, they are able to churn out far less. BPDB has thus undertaken several projects, known as repowering projects, to equip these plants with modern engines to improve their efficiency and capacity. Fuel shortages are also another reason why many plants are not utilized to full capacity. The low efficiency of the power plants is why the sector uses the term 'available generation capacity', as opposed to total capacity. Available installed capacity remains below actual demand. So it would make sense to invest in adding to the generation capacity either through repowering projects or through new power plants.
  3. The f-35 project is going strong right now with around 500 produced till date. The artificial limitations imposed on its performance has already been lifted by lockheed martin. The price per aircraft comes down every year and new orders are pouring in. It was actually surprising to see the f-35 get this much flak considering how the f-16 had bigger issues during development
  4. Current state of construction: The project was in hiatus for a while but construction has gained pace recently
  5. The Lebukhali Payra bridge is going to be the second cable stayed bridge in Bangladesh with a length of nearly 1.5km CGI of the design:
  6. I heard Chittagong is getting an elevated expressway. Has construction started yet or is it just in planning stages?
  7. Yj-18A being hot launched and a HHQ-9 being cold launched from the same UVLS in a type-052D. In my opinion, the Chinese managed to perfect the concept of a UVLS before the Americans as the Chinese system can hot and cold launch all sorts of missiles while the US use only hot-launched systems and still require different launchers for some missiles
  8. What are the chances of the DNC rigging it against Sanders again like they did back in 2016?
  9. What exactly has happened recently that makes you think that the AF left the airspace undefended? I thought it was a well established fact that not dealing helicopter incursions with force was a government decision and the establishment of the ADIZ was a direct response to that. The statement does not hold any merit given that the yaks didn't even cost 400 million dollars and was a logical decision at the time of purchase as it was pretty clear back then on what was BAF planning to acquire. No one predicted CAATSA back then. Yaks are marketed from the start with the ability to be used in training for western pilots after just minor software updates and therefore can be used in conjunction with BAE Hawks in any potential EFT purchase. Hence the number of Hawks ordered will be small. Yak-130s operate under the old a-5 squadron as well which suggests that they were always intended to be used in a dual role here /
  10. Possibility of a defence agreement was already brushed off before the trip as the draft agreement is on its infancy
  11. Construction progress of the third Chinese aircraft carrier
  12. Report on China's warship construction in 2019: https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2019/12/china-launched-the-24th-type-052d-6th-type-055-71st-type-056-vessels-for-plan/
  13. Under construction Type-055 and Type-052DG destroyers at Dalian Shipyards
  14. Construction progress of China's first and second type-075 LHDs:
  15. Induction ceremony of China's first Type-055 Destroyer DDG-101 Nanchang in January 12th 2020.
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