Nasrul Hamid, the state minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources said that, the energy and power trade between Bangladesh and India needed to be balanced. Bangladesh have been importing primary fuels and even electricity from India and in return, India’s eastern state Tripura might import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Bangladesh as well, he stated.
The state minister said so while he was addressing in a seminar on ‘Power Development: Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal agenda’ held at the Engineers Institution, Bangladesh (IEB) in the occasion of the IEB’s 69th anniversary on this Tuesday.
IEB Dhaka center president Majbahul Rahman presided over the seminar where, among others IEB president Eng. Kabir Ahmed Bhuiyan, general secretary Eng. Abdus Sabur, PDB chairman Khaled Mahmud, chief engineer Bikash Dewan, ONGC Tripura power plant official (OTPC) Shudhin Chattapadhya were present at the seminar.
Tripura National Institute of Technologies convener Eng. Saptadip Saha presented an article on grid connection while PDB chief engineer Dr. Ajay Kumar Chakrabarty presented a paper on smart grid at the seminar.
Indicating India, the state minister said that, the trade should be reversible which would only strengthen the friendship of the two neighboring countries and India should take a step at the first place. Bangladesh would import more electricity from India in the near future, he added. There is an opportunity of trading an amount of 15 lacs MW of electricity within the 4 neighboring countries due to the geographic adjacent location which could improve the per capita income of the countries.
Delegates from India participating at the seminar said that, about 40 thousand MW of electricity remains unutilized in India and that’s why Bangladesh can import that electricity. Sudhin Chattapadhya pointing to an article presented at the seminar said that, plans are not enough, realistic execution is needed. Eng. Ajay Kumar, an Indian delegate said that, modernization in the grid system, meter is a must and he also urged on shifting towards renewable energy sources.