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PGCB energises first 400kV transmission line

Update : 14 Dec 2013, 06:25 PM

Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) yesterday energised the country’s first 400kV transmission line, ranging from Meghnaghat to Aminbazar.

“We have constructed a 55km-long line, the longest in the country. Today [Saturday] we have started energising it and will continue to do so for the next four months,” Md Ainul Haque, chief engineer at the PGCB and project director of Meghnaghat-Aminbazar 400kV Transmission Line told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

The PGCB under the Power Development Board was scheduled to complete the project by June, this year, but was delayed till this month.

“On both Meghnaghat and Aminbazar ends, we have to build 400kV substations and till then we will not get the benefit of this line. Currently, we have two substations on the both end with 230kV and 132kV capacities which will be used for transmission,” acting managing director of the PGCB, Chowdhury Alamgir Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune.

“The construction of 400kV substations will need three years to complete. The authority has acquired land for the construction,” he said.

Project Director Ainul said, four months would be spent to connect the two ends of the 230kV substations. After that the line will be ready for transmission. The project cost an estimated Tk597 crore, of which PGCB provided Tk145 crore, Asian Development Bank (ADB) gave Tk271 crore and GOB provided Tk181 crore.  

The project includes construction of the 55km transmission line, and acquisition and development of 60 acres of land.

“Another 400kV line from Aminbazar to Mongla and Anwara to Meghnaghat will be constructed” he said.

On the other hand, the construction of a 27km 400kV transmission line has already been completed to facilitate power import from neighbouring India.

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