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UK envoy pays courtesy call to State Minister Nasrul Hamid

  • Import of power from India, Nepal, or Bhutan discussed
  • UK envoy invites state minister to participate in COP28
Update : 31 Jul 2023, 09:08 PM

The newly-appointed British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Sarah Cooke paid a courtesy call to State Minister of State for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, on Monday. 

During their meeting in the office of the Minister of State for Electricity, Energy and Mineral Resources, they discussed various issues of mutual interest.

The high commissioner expressed admiration for the positive changes in Bangladesh and commended the initiative to increase regional connectivity. 

Topics such as the import of power from India, Nepal, or Bhutan were also discussed. 

The UK expressed interest in working with the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) on projects including a wind lab, offshore wind guidelines, capacity building on carbon pricing and trading, and piloting solar irrigation pumps in a farmer-friendly model.

The discussion encompassed Bangladesh's electricity and energy situation, foreign investment in the electricity and energy sector, deep-sea gas-oil exploration, offshore wind power, electricity from waste, renewable sources, solar irrigation pumps, solar mini-grids, electricity import, social change in electrification, the Integrated Energy and Power Master Plan, transmission line and privatization, lifeline consumers, energy transmission, net metering systems, electric vehicles, and energy mix.

The UK envoy extended an invitation to the state minister to participate in COP28.

The state minister welcomed the ambassador, highlighting the growing economy of Bangladesh and the continuous increase in investment opportunities in the power and energy sectors. 

He urged the UK to invest in this sector, noting the current lack of significant UK investment, and expressed a desire to collaborate on developing iron ore or iron mining. 

Nasrul Hamid emphasized the goal of providing uninterrupted, reliable, and quality power and energy at affordable prices.

He further stated that by 2041, 40% of electricity is planned to be generated from clean energy, and stressed that the expansion of renewable energy requires the free flow of technology. 

In this regard, he acknowledged that the UK could provide assistance.

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