AFD, EU finance an innovative project on the digitisation of electricity grid in Bangladesh through DPDC

Diplomatic Correspondent

11th December, 2020 10:53:42 printer

AFD, EU finance an innovative project on the digitisation of electricity grid in Bangladesh through DPDC

The French Development Agency (AFD) has agreed to provide a 100 million euro to Bangladesh to reinforcing its role as an active participant in the search for and use of advanced digital solutions in power and energy sector in Bangladesh. 

This support comes via AFD’s concessional sovereign loan and will go towards financing project titled Construction and Augmentation of Substation and Installation of the Capacitor Bank in Power System under DPDC’. 

A credit facility agreement from AFD worth 100 million Euros was signed on December 8 Ms. Fatima Yasmin, Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance and Mr. Benoit Chassatte, AFD Country Director for Bangladesh, with Jean-Marin Schuh, Ambassador of France to Bangladesh as co-signatory. 

In addition to that a Grant Facility Agreement for a delegated grant from the EU-AIF worth 12 million euros world be signed in the beginning of 2021.

AFD’s loan aims to equip existing infrastructure with these new, innovative and reliable technologies in order to ensure services are prepared for the future.

Moreover, by integrating digital technology in our projects, we speed up the adoption of renewable energies and thus contribute towards achieving the country’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The additional 12 million euro grant will support for piloting the smart grid project in 5 substations in Dhaka.

The smart grid gives shape to this transformation, by making the grid more effective and efficient.

A total of 1,141,000 people will benefit from a significant improvement in the quality of electricity service through the project and it helps fight climate change by preventing an accumulated 104,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

AFD, the world’s oldest development agency, is public and solidarity-based development bank aims to help build ‘a world in common’.

Present in Bangladesh since 2012, AFD supports projects in urban development and infrastructure, as well as in the power & green energy sectors. In addition, AFD also focusses on corporate and social responsibility.

As of 2020, AFD has committed 910 million euros to Bangladesh including 24 million euros in the form of grants.