Bangladesh is planning to import 2,336MW more electricity from India in phases as the close-door neighbours are maintaining a good relationship, an official concerned said.
Of the electricity, 500MW will be imported immediately. Currently Bangladesh is getting 640MW power from India.“We are ready to import 500MW from the Indo-Bangla second gridline any time,” QM Shafiqul Islam, director of Bheramara-Baharampur 2nd high-voltage direct current (HVDC) project, told daily sun on Sunday.
The Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) tested the second grid successfully on July 8, he said, adding that the cost of the project initiated in June 2016 was Tk 1,877 crore.
Another official said the 500MW power import is taking time as Bangladesh and India are yet to sign a fresh power purchase agreement (PPA).
Bangladesh has already proposed the Indian power ministry to inaugurate the 500MW import through videoconferencing between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
Earlier, Bangladesh authorities planned to import the 500MW power from the HVDC on May 31, 2018.
Of the 640MW electricity Bangladesh is currently importing from India, 540MW is coming from Baharampur in India through Bheramara first HVDC gridline.The rest 100MW is coming via Tripura in India and Comilla. Power import from India began in 2013.
Besides, Bangladesh signed a PPA and Implementation Agreement (IA) with Indian Adani Group in November 2017.
Bangladesh expects to commission another 1,496 MW power import from December 2022.
Before the import of Adani power, Bangladesh may expatiate on 340MW electricity import from the Tripura-Comilla second phase.
The government has planned to import 9,000MW power by 2041 from cross-border and regional power trade, State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid told a seminar early this month.
“The government is also planning to import electricity from Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar,” he said.