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Dhaka Saturday,  Apr 20, 2019

China Tops while BD Bottomed Out In Hydro-power Generation In Asia

Bangladesh is ranked as one of the lowest hydro power producer in Asia while China secured the top position followed by India and Japan.

Bangladesh remained at the bottom position in the tally since 2017 considering the capacity of generating hydro power.

A report of 2018 published by the International Hydro power Association (IHA) has revealed the info.

The report says that, Bangladesh’s hydro power generation capacity is just 230 MW, the lowest in the Asia Pacific region. Nepal, ranked as the second lowest in the same list with a generation capacity of 968 MW.

However, Bangladesh is working towards increasing its capacity by collaborating with its neighbouring nations. “A trilateral deal between the governments of Bhutan, India and Bangladesh is also on the horizon, supporting the Dorjilung hydro power project (1,125 MW) in Bhutan and export to India and Bangladesh,” said the IHA report.

According to the report, East Asia and the Pacific has the highest annual increase in hydro power capacity with China contributing the largest share of installed capacity. Over 90 per cent of the capacity added in 2017 in the region came from China, which increased its total installed capacity to 341,190 MW.

Japan stood at the second position in the list in the region with an installed capacity of 49,905 MW. It is also followed closely by India with an installed capacity of 49,382 MW. Among other countries, Vietnam is ranked third in the region with an installed capacity of 16, 679 MW while Pakistan’s installed capacity is 7,477 MW, South Korea has an installed capacity of 6,489 MW, Malayasia generates 6,094 MW, Indonessia generates 5,314 MW, North Korea generates 5,000 MW, Laos generates 4,284 MW, Thailand generates 4,510 MW, Phillipines generates 4,312 MW, Myanmar generates 3,140 MW and Srilanka generates 1,720 MW from hydro power.

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