BD to import 340 MW more power from Tripura
Published : Sunday, 4 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 791
Bangladesh will import another 340 MW of electricity from Indian state of Tripura by mid 2020, authoritative sources said.
The Joint Working Committee and the Joint Steering Committee on the power sector will sit in a two-day meeting on September 26-25 to examine the scope and review the ongoing agenda on power sector cooperation between Bangladesh and India.
"This time we will review the agenda of importing another 340 MW of electricity from Tripura. We will also explore the opportunity to explore other options for importing power from India," a senior official of Power division told the Daily Observer on Saturday.
According to him, the proposed meeting will be held either in Dhaka or Cox's Bazar.
Ahmed Kaikaus, Power Secretary of Bangladesh, will lead the Bangladesh side while Indian Power Secretary SC Garg will lead the Indian side in the meeting.
"A technical committee comprising Bangladesh and Indian experts are now working on the 340 MW power importing issues. The committee will place the report before the secretary- level committee to take its decision in this regard," a Power Division official said.
PDB bulk power production cost is Tk 6.15 a unit, but the cost of imported power from India is below TK 6 on an average, the official said.
The meeting will discuss the existing cooperation in power sector between the two countries, including exporting power from Bangladesh to India in future, power import through interconnection from Tripura to Bheramara, the progress of importing 250 megawatt (mw) electricity through interconnection at Bheramara under a long-term agreement.
They also held discussions on importing more 340 MW electricity through Surjyamani-Cumilla North Link under government to government (G2G) from NTPC power centres, proposed Katihar-Parbatipur-Barapukuria-Boranagar 765 kv grid interconnection and to construct back-to-back HVDC sub-station at Cumilla aiming at importing more power through Baharampur-Bheramar 400-kv 2nd transmission line and Surjyamani-Cumilla North Link.
They also discussed about waving all types of CD, tax and VAT on the import of power from India.
It will also discuss the progress of the construction work of Maitree Super Tarmal Power Project at Rampal, the official said.
"The meeting will also discuss the fate of Indian private sector's involvement here. Reliance and Shapoorji Palonji, two major Indian groups have submitted proposals to set up natural gas-based power stations in Bangladesh. Adani group has already expressed their interest to invest in a coal power project here," the official added.