Sell­ing power

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

2012 agree­ment be­tween the two coun­tries to ex­port 250 megawatt of power. Ini­tially, in the test-run, ahead of the ac­tual trans­mis­sion sys­tem that be­gan on Oc­to­ber 5, 2013, 50 MW of power was sup­plied to Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Power De­vel­op­ment Board (BPDB) and In­dian NTPC Vidyut Vya­par Nigam Ltd ( NVVN), a sub­sidiary of In­dia's Na­tional Ther­mal Power Cor­po­ra­tion (NTPC), inked a deal on Fe­bru­ary 28, 2012 to im­port 250 MW of elec­tric­ity, fol­low­ing up on a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) signed dur­ing Bangladeshi Prime Min­is­ter, Sheikh Hasina's 2010 visit to New Delhi.

Ac­cord­ing to Bangladeshi of­fi­cials, the BPDB will im­port 250 MW of elec­tric­ity from In­dian govern­ment's un­al­lo­cated quota, while another 250 MW is set to be sup­plied by an In­dian pri­vate firm called PTC In­dia Limited. The line con­nect­ing Bangladesh to In­dia is ex­pected to help es­tab­lish a SAARC (South Asian As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­gional Co­op­er­a­tion) elec­tric­ity grid, with dis­cus­sion for an un­der­sea power link with Sri Lanka also un­der­way.

Bangladesh's over­all elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion is now hov­er­ing around 6,000 MW, but a de­mand of over 7,500 MW has caused a se­vere power short­age in the coun­try. With an es­ti­mated pro­jec­tion of elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion at 24,000 MW by 2021, Bangladesh also plans to im­port power from its neigh­bor­ing coun­tries Nepal, Bhutan and Myan­mar.

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