Bangladesh has got an opportunity of importing electricity from China as the country has recently proposed a 3,000 MW power export to Bangladesh from Kunming, the capital of its southwest province Yunnan. According to the proposal of China, Bangladesh may import the electricity directly from Kunming using Myanmar as a transit route.
Bangladesh is also expecting to import gas and electricity from Myanmar along with constructing a trans-border electric grid connection with them to import electricity from Myanmar and China. A five-member delegation led by the state minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has been visiting Myanmar for building a collaboration in energy and power sector of both the countries.
Kunming is the capital of Yunnan province of China and is about 1,260 kilometers away from Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. Earlier, Chinese Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization proposed to supply 3,000MW electricity to Bangladesh from Kunming.
The recent visit of the Bangladeshi delegation may open the window for Bangladesh of importing power from China using the trans-border grid connectivity of Myanmar. Myanmar is also heavily depended on China in the sector of power and energy. Experts suggest that, importing power from China through Myanmar may result in mutual benefits for all the participating countries.
Besides, Myanmar has expressed its interest to form a ‘joint working group’ comprising of professionals from both the countries. Myanmar’s power and energy minister U Win Khaing has proposed to form the working group.
Currently, Bangladesh is importing 600 MW of power from India through trans-border grid connectivity and also on the way to import 3,600 MW of more power from both private and government sector in the near future. Besides, the government is maintaining dialogues with other neighboring countries like Nepal and Bhutan to import power from them.
The ministers discussed different issues of bilateral cooperation in the power and energy sector. Nasrul Hamid said that both the economies would be strengthened once cooperation in energy and power sector was increased.