The joint steering committee of Bangladesh and India has expressed its consent to open the financial quotes (tender) for importing 250 MW of electricity from India.
The approval came at the 13th meeting of the joint steering committee from the Indian part of the steering committee that held on Thursday in Dhaka.
Dr. Ahmad Kaykaus, the energy secretary of Bangladesh and Ajay Kumar Valla, the energy secretary of India has led the meeting on behalf of their respective countries.
Bangladesh currently imports 500 MW of power from India. 250 MW of the power is imported from the public sector and rest 250 MW is imported from the private sector of India.
Bangladesh has a 3-years long agreement with India on importing power from the private sector and now it is interested in longer-tern deals. To prolong the agreements Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) invited a tender, which required approval from the Indian side and it is now being approved.
Meeting sources informed that, Bangladesh has already invited tender to import 500 MW of more electricity from India. To make the import easier, the process of upgrading the capacity of the Veramara sub-station is going on.
The progress of the ongoing construction project of the Rampal power plant and matters related to installing a solar power plant at the B-block of the Rampal power plant site were among the discussed matters in the meeting.
The joint steering committee also discussed about the current status of power import using the existing interconnection of Veramar-Tripura and using Surjomoni-Comilla north link, said the meeting sources. Matters related to importing 340 MW of more power from NTPC of India and materializing the Katihar-Parbatipur-Barapukuria-Boranogor 765 Kv grid interconnection and the Bahrampur-Veramara 400 Kv sub-station were also discussed in the meeting. Besides, they also discussed on composing the cross-border framework.