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Dhaka Saturday,  May 26, 2018

Bangladesh-India Energy Dialogue

Mahfuj Risad

Bangladesh will have a mutual dialogue with India on importing Fuel from India and India will be looking forward to transporting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to its eastern part through Bangladesh.

The energy dialogue is expected to take place on Saturday next at Hotel Sonargaon in the city.

Energy secretary of Bangladesh Nazimuddin Chowdhury and Petroleum and energy secretary of India K D Tripathi will lead the discussion on behalf of their respective countries. Earlier, another energy dialogue was organised at Delhi on 16th June of the last year.

Bangladesh has been importing diesel by waggon train from India’s Numaligar oil refinery since last year. According to new plans, both countries is keen to install a pipeline to from India to Bangladesh to import the oil, which will be backed by the Petroleum corporations of the respective countries. Bangladesh is already importing 100 MW of electricity from Tripura of India, and 60 MW more power is about to be imported soon, claimed related sources.

On the other hand, India is eager to transport LNG and LPG to the seven sister’s area of the country including Asam, Tripura using the port of Chittagong of Bangladesh. India’s state-run Petronet has already proposed to build an LPG plant in a joint approach in Chittagong area. That’s why India is keen to take the lease of 45 acres of land at Chittagong area. However, India is already transporting LPG to its eastern part using Bangladesh’s roadways.

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