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Dhaka Wednesday,  Nov 21, 2018

More 60 MW Power Import From Tripura to be Finalized

Mahfuj Risad

Bangladesh has been importing 100 MW of electricity from Tripura of
India since 31st March of the last year and 60 MW of more electricity
is likely to be imported soon from there as well.

The cabinet committee on public purchase has approved the proposal of
importing 60 MW of electricity from Tripura in a meeting that held at
the secretariat on Wednesday. The committee also approved seven new
oil-fired power plants. Finance Minister A M A Muhit presided over the

Currently, the 100 MW of electricity is transmitted from Surja Monipur
power station of Tripura to Comilla. The expected 60 MW electricity
will be imported using the same transmission line, said the related

The import of this 60 MW of electricity is expected to be finalized in
the Bangladeshi Prime Minister’s upcoming India visit.

The additional secretary of cabinet division Mostafizur Rahman
informed that, the tariff would be 6.31 taka for each kW of
electricity, that is about to be imported soon from Tripura.

Besides, all of the approved power plants are oil-fired. The 7 Furness
oil-powered power plants will have an accumulate capacity of 787 MW
and the government will buy the power for a tenure of 15 years, said
the related sources.

One of the approved oil-fired power plants has a capacity of 113 MW
which will be installed in Rangpur and the government will have to buy
electricity from that plant at rate of 8.20 taka. Accordingly, the
Furness-fired power plants of Thakurgaon, Bogra, Chandpur,
Narayanganj, Feni will generate 115 MW, 113 MW, 115 MW, 104 MW, 114 MW
of electricity respectively which will cost around 8.21 taka, 8.24
taka, 7.92 taka, 8.92 taka and 8.40 taka respectively for the state.

The power division didn’t send the proposals of 3 power plants to the
committee that were also mentioned in the regarding tender along with
the 7 approved power plants. According to the related sources, the
power division still requires some more info on those 3 power plants
and which is causing delay to get those approved.

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