Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka, Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said that India will supply another 500MW power to Bangladesh through the Bheramara-Bherampur inter-connection by July 2018.
The Indian envoy told that at the inauguration of the 19th Power Bangladesh and Allied Expos (Solar Bangladesh, Real Estate Expo, Construction Expo, Water Bangladesh, and Safety & Security Expo) on Thursday at the International Convention City at Dhaka’s Bashundhara.
This expo being organised by Conference and Exhibition Management Services Limited-CEMS Global.
Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Political Advisor HT Imam, Senior Secretary for Power Zafar Ahmed Khan, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry-FBCCI President Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin and Indian Chamber of Commerce Director General Rajeev Singh were also present.
The High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, India fully supports Government of Bangladesh’s vision of ‘Power for All by 2021′ and is partnering with Bangladesh in the power and energy sectors.
“Cooperation between India and Bangladesh in these sectors has been an example for bilateral cooperation between two neighboring countries as a win-win partnership.”
He said, “Since 2013, when the first 500 MW of power was supplied from the Bherampur-Bheramara inter-connection, there has been uninterrupted power supply from India to Bangladesh. We are looking at supply of another 500 MW of power through this inter-connection by July next year.”
The Indian envoy said, discussions are underway to finalise the 765 KV power transmission line from Assam to the eastern part of India through Bangladesh (Bornagar-Parbatipur-Katihar) through which a portion of the power will be supplied to Bangladesh.
“This line would be extremely useful as it would serve to bring in excess hydropower, not only from the North-eastern part of India but more importantly from Bhutan and the sub-region,” he added.
Several projects in the power sector have been included in the new line of credit of $4.5 billion announced during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in April. Agreements worth nearly $10 billion of Indian investment, mainly in the power and energy sectors of Bangladesh, were also signed during the visit.
Proposals for collaboration in the LNG, LPG sectors including the setting up of LNG terminal in Kutubdia by Petronet India Ltd, supply of re-gassified LNG by IOCL through the construction of pipeline between Haldia and Khulna and several other proposals of private sector Indian companies are also under active consideration of both sides.
‘The 2nd EIME start December 7 at Noida’
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that India will host the 2nd edition of the Global Renewable Energy Investors Meet and Expo (RE-INVEST 2017) at Greater Noida from December 7 to 9.
“We are greatly encouraged by the fact that Bangladesh has been one of the first few countries to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA). We hope for greater collaboration in solar power sector and the renewable energy sector in the future.”