Import of electricity from 1600MW Jharkhand power plant of India is likely to be delayed by six months due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, said officials.
“Power import from Adani-sponsored plant may be delayed due to the pandemic. There could be 4-6 months of delay,” Project Director Engr Md Rokon Uddin told the Daily Sun on Tuesday.
BPDB and Adani Power Ltd signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) and Implementation Agreement (IA) in November, 2017 to start electricity generation as per the required commercial operation date (RCOD) in January, 2022.
According to a Power Division review meeting recently, the overall progress of the project is around 77 percent.
Officials said Power Grid Company Bangladesh (PGCB) would take all the necessary measures for back feeding power supply to import the cross border electricity by December, 2021 and supply the electricity by January, 2022.
The transmission line and sub-stations in Bangladesh and Indian sites slowed down due to the pandemic, Md Rokon Uddin said.
The meeting, chaired by Power Secretary Md Habibur Rahman, urged the joint technical team of PGCB and Adani Power to monitor the implementation of the project so that it could achieve the RCOD as per schedule.
Besides, Bangladesh has a deal to import 1150MW of electricity under bilateral agreement with India.
But the country currently receives only 853MW on an average from India, official data showed.