Pvt sector investment needed for transmission development
This will be the third cross-border line for importing power from India. We are hopeful of getting a significant chunk of power from our neighbouring country through the line :BD
Zahid Hossain Biplob: Considering the necessity of importing power from India smoothly, the government is going to install a high-voltage transmission gridline up to Chapai Nawabganj frontier.
The said transmission will import power from Indian state of Jharkhand. In this connection, the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) will lay a 28-kilometre-long 400-kilovolt (KV) transmission line from Rahanpur to Monakosha border of Chapai Nawabganj district at a cost of Tk 2.25 billion.
The gridline will be installed to import electricity from the under-construction 2X800 megawatts (MW) power plant in Jhrakhand to Chapai Nawabganj border, they also said.
The project is likely to be placed before the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) soon, an official of the Planning Commission told Daily Industry.
Currently, Bangladesh is importing 1,160 MW of electricity from India, of which 1,000 MW comes from West Bengal through Bhreramara substation and 160 MW from Tripura through Cumilla. The PGCB official said soon after getting approval of the ECNEC, they will start the process of installing 400-KV power grid line up to Monakosha.
An official of the Power Division said the Indian power generation giant-the Adani Group-is now working to set up a 2X800-MW thermal power station in Godda district under Jharkhand.
In August 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Adani Power and the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) after a joint declaration was issued during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka in June 2015.
As per the MoU, the entire power to be produced at the plant would be supplied to Bangladesh.
The official said the Indian government will install the power gridline in their territory to connect with the proposed transmission line in Monakosha.
“This will be the third cross-border line for importing power from India. We are hopeful of getting a significant chunk of power from our neighbouring country through the line.”
“We will have the option to use the cross-border transmission grid for importing power from Nepal and Bhutan also.”
Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain said the government has now been putting additional focus on developing the transmission sector following increase in the power generation.
The country’s power generation capacity crossed the landmark of 20,000MW recently, while highest power generation was recorded at 11,623MW on September 2019.
But still many areas of the country, especially rural regions, frequently face blackout and power disruption because of the shortcomings in transmission and distribution systems.
The government’s fund crisis is mainly blamed for the lack of expected advancement of the transmission sector. Admitting the weakness and the fund crunch, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid recently urged the private sector investors to invest in the power transmission business.
He said the country will require $80 billion for the development of the country’s power sector by 2041, of which a major portion will be required for the transmission sector alone.
“The country has so far received about $14-billion investment in the power sector of which a major part came from local and foreign direct investment (FDI) under private sector power generation policy,” he said, adding that, now the government wants the private sector to invest in the transmission sector as well.
However, experts opined the country will not be able to provide reliable and quality power supply until the transmission system is developed up to a certain mark.