Dhaka, Bangladesh
Test supply of 50MW power from India starts

Test supply of 50MW power from India starts

KUSHTIA, Sept 27: The supply of 50MW of electricity from India to Bangladesh's national grid started experimentally on Friday morning as part of initial 250 MW power import with a view to easing the nagging power crisis, reports UNB.
The test supply of 50MW of power was transmitted to the country's national grid from the control room at Bheramara power grid sub-station in the district around 10:45am.
Consultant of the national power grid of Bangladesh PK Roy, project director of Bheramara sub-station Alamgir Hossain, project manager Kazi Ishtiaq Hasan and deputy general manager of Indian Power Grid Corporation Kalim Akter were present.
Sources said 50MW-175MW electricity will be transmitted to the country's national grid each day till October 5.
In phases, India will increase the supply up to 250MW power at the end of October.
If a total of 500MW power is added to the national grid from India by November next, the power crisis will largely be eased during the next irrigation season.
The power import deal was signed between the two neighboring countries during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's official visit to India in 2010.
As per the contract, the power supply was supposed to start in 2012. Transmitting the Indian electricity to Bangladesh was delayed by one year as the grid line could not be set up in time due to complexities over land acquisition.
India will supply 500MW electricity to Bangladesh for 25 years as per the agreement.
Bangladeshi company, state-owned PGCB set up 27km grid line from Bheramara at a cost of Tk 1600 crore, while Indian Power Grid Corporation set up 74km grid line from Bahrampur.
Indian Energy Regulatory Commission has not fixed prices of the imported power yet. But the price of each kilowatt power may cost Tk 6.
PGCB managing director Chowdhury Alamgir Hossain said Bangladesh will get up to 175MW power initially due to technological weakness.
PDB chairman Abdul Wahab said the power import from India has opened
up the door of transaction between the two countries as it is likely to ease power imports from Nepal and Bhutan through different points of India in the future.

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