Bangladesh in Talks with Bhutan, India, Myanmar, and Nepal for Electricity Trade
11 September 2019
Bangladesh is in talks with Bhutan, India, Myanmar, and Nepal to import electricity to meet a growing energy demand. This was according to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was speaking via videoconferencing on 11 September 2019 at the inauguration of four power plants and eight substations in the country.
Bangladesh is in negotiations for investing in Bhutan and is considering investing in Nepal, according to Prime Minister Hasina. The country has already imported 600 megawatts (MW) of electricity from India.
Power plants and substations were inaugurated to provide electricity to 10 upazilas across the country, including the Baghabari 200 MW power station, Jamalpur 115 MW power station, Bogra 113 MW power plant, and Kaptai 7.4 MW solar power plant.
Prime Minister Hasina said the government intends to bring power to the whole country. She also urged citizens to save electricity. She noted how Bangladesh provides electricity subsidies so consumers only pay half of the cost for electricity production and transmission.
Among those present at the inauguration were Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Affairs Adviser; Mr. Nasrul Hamid, State Minister for Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources; and Mr. Manmohan Parkash, Country Director of Bangladesh Resident Mission of the Asian Development Bank.