Bangladesh to import 9000MW power by 2014

Staff Correspondent

6 April, 2018 12:00 AM printer

The government has taken an ambitious plan to import 9000MW of electricity by 2041 from cross-border and regional power trade.

Top-policy makers on Thursday disclosed the information at a seminar on “Cross-border and regional power trade: Possibility and Opportunities for Bangladesh”. Electrical Division of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, organised the seminar at its auditorium.

State minister for power and energy Nasrul Hamid attended the seminar as the chief guest while Power Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, BPDB Chairman Khaled Mahmood, Engineers Institute Bangladesh President Md Andy's Sabur, it's electrical division president Md Ramiz Uddin Dark and vice President Pratik Kumar Gush attended the function.

Mahbubur Rahman, director of IPP cell-3 under Bangladesh Power Development Board presented a keynote paper at the seminar.

State minister for power and energy Nasrul Hamid said Bangladesh is now importing power from India. But, the government is planning to import more electricity from Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar also.

"We will require integrated policy to adjust power and energy tariffs considering the international fuel market," he said. But, we have some lack of policy supports, he said expressing disappointment.

He informed that the international high speed diesel market is volatile now.

"The international market updates fuel tariff energy we should adjust it at least three to six months considering the market," he said.

He, however, said Bangladesh should be smart for trading on power and energy.

The government import and export of electricity should be done taking into consideration of 5-10 years situation, he said.

Power secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus said the difficulty of land acquisition and it's cost accelerate the power tariff.