NEW DELHI: Discussions are going on among Bangladesh, India and Bhutan to invest in a trilateral 1125MW hydropower project in Bhutan.
Another trilateral hydropower project in Nepal by Bangladesh, India and Nepal is also under consideration.India and Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GMR, an Indian company, in April 2017 for import of 500MW power from Nepal to Bangladesh.
While speaking at an international conference on Tuesday, Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Moazzem Ali confirmed the trilateral investment.
He said Dhaka and New Delhi are moving towards the sub-regional cooperation with Nepal and Bhutan.
Syed Moazzem said energy sector cooperation is the hallmark of the renewed engagements between Bangladesh and India.
“There is a positive momentum in cooperation between the two countries in power sector and the achievements so far have been highly encouraging,” he said.
The Bangladesh envoy was addressing an international conference titled “India's Energy Security: Inter regional cooperation” held at the Centre for South Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. The event was presided over by Prof Bhardwaj, chairman of the Centre for South Asian Studies.Syed Moazzem said the engagement in power sector has expanded under the farsighted leadership of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“It is a matter of great pleasure that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have taken the partnership between the two countries far beyond a strategic partnership,” he said.
“We are happy that Bangladesh and India are experiencing very substantive cooperation in the energy sector,” he said, adding that currently Bangladesh’s import from India stands at 1160MW.
India and Bangladesh, he said, are now cooperating on renewable energy and nuclear power. Bangladesh entered the era of Nuclear Power on November 30, 2017 with the inauguration of the construction of 2,400 MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Pabna, which would be built with Russian and Indian collaboration. The development of Rooppur power plant is India’s first-ever nuclear venture in the neighbourhood to provide technical assistance to Bangladesh.