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India okays guideline: BD can now import power from neighbours

  • Published at 10:25 pm December 25th, 2018
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Bangladesh has already a Bilateral Agreement with India under which about 1200 MW of power can be imported

Bangladesh will now be able to import power from the neighbouring countries via India as the Indian government has approved the “Guidelines for Import/Export (Cross Border) of Electricity- 2018” which was published on December 18.

According to section 3.1 of the guideline of “Cross-border Trade of Electricity,” the cross-border transaction between India and the neighbouring countries will be approved by the Indian entity through an agreement.

The new guideline has also opened up opportunity to purchase power through power exchange, which is not available in the existing guidelines of cross border power trade, said a media release.

The Indian government has recently amended the “Guidelines for Import/Export (Cross Border) of Electricity- 2018” where it said that two separate countries can trade electricity where India will take part through a tripartite agreement or giving approval.

Under the guideline, any Bangladeshi company can now enter into agreements with Indian companies as well as with companies in the neighbouring countries to facilitate power trade, said Power Development Board (PDB) in the release.

“The new guidelines opened up opportunity to participate in power purchase from India through exchange, which enables power purchase on the basis of 15 minutes time blocks on a day ahead basis. This will enable PDB to optimize its power procurement cost,” said the PDB.

These guidelines will be of a great relevance and benefit to Bangladesh to avail of power supply from among various options as these will further enhance the reliability and quality of power supply in the country, it said.

“Obviously, these will also be supplementary measures, since Bangladesh has also added a large amount of new power generation capacity in last ten years and is also working on a number of power generation plants to further enhance its own capacity,” said PDB.

Bangladesh has already a Bilateral Agreement with India under which about 1200 MW of power can be imported.

Infrastructure is being developed by way of proposed HVDC System at Cumilla which will enable further supply of power, it said.

“A power station having capacity of 1600 MW with a dedicated Transmission System is being developed and will be ready in next three and half years,” said the PDB.

At the joint steering committee meetings, the issue of electricity import from Nepal and Bhutan via India was discussed on December 3 and December 4 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed earlier between Bangladesh and Nepal for the electricity import.