'We have discussed how in the future, we should expand our relationship and cooperation in both transmissions and generations'
Expressing satisfaction over the progress of the Rampal power plant, a visiting Indian delegation hoped the plant can start operations by the due date in February 2021.
“We reviewed the progress of the Rampal power plant and it is doing very well. We hope to start the plant‘s power generation very close to the due date and hope it will be in operation by February 2021,” said India Power Ministry Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg.
Subhash Chandra Garg made the comments at a press briefing after the 17th meeting of the Bangladesh-India Joint Steering Committee on Power Sector, held at the Hotel Intercontinental in Dhaka yesterday.
Power Division Senior Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus and Subhash Chandra Garg led their respective sides during the meeting.
The meeting was held to discuss existing areas of cooperation between the two countries in the energy sector.
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Subhash also said: “We have excellent cooperation in the transmission of electricity, 1000 MW from one side and 140 MW from the other of India. The electricity, flowing from India to Bangladesh, is a major way to meet the power deficit in Bangladesh.”
He also said: “We have discussed how in the future, we should expand our relationship and cooperation in both transmission and generation.”
Ahmed Kaikaus said: “Subhash Chandra Garg has a very special place for Bangladesh in his heart. Our friendship with India is growing day by day, and some of our remarkable achievements are in the power sector.
‘‘We are trying to explore mutually beneficial areas in the future, instead of exploring certain projects. We are trying to identify areas through which the people of Bangladesh and India can both be rewarded,” he added.
He also said: “We discussed other issues as well. There is no dispute between Bangladesh and India. We have resolved everything. The Indian government is kind enough to open up windows for everyone and it is upon on us to advantage of that policy.”
During the meeting, the two sides discussed India’s guidelines and regulations for electricity import and export, the present situation of power import to Bangladesh through the Tripura (India)-Bheramara (Bangladesh) interconnection, progress of Bangladesh's import of an additional 340 MW electricity through the Surjomoni-Cumilla North Link under government-to-government modality, the proposed Katihar-Parbatipur-Barapukuria-Boranagar 765 kilovolt grid interconnection, and the construction of Bohrompur- Bheramara 400KV second transmission line.
The delegations also decided to investigate the possibility of importing electricity from India’s other regions.
Dr Ahmed Kaikaus said Bangladesh wants to import the additional 340 MW electricity through the Surjomoni-Cumilla North Link, as the transmission system from Tripura is weak.
“We have discussed such a proposal at the meeting of the joint steering committee on Bangladesh-India Power Sector Cooperation. Both sides agreed to study the technical aspects of the proposal,” he added.
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Bangladesh also urged India to waive duties, such as certificate of deposit and value-added tax, on its power imports at the meeting.
The meeting also discussed possibilities of setting up a joint electricity power plant in India, reviewed the proposal of setting up a power transmission line aiming to import electricity from Nepal and Bhutan through India, as well as about joint investment in Bhutan’s hydropower plant.
Earlier, the 17th joint meeting of Bangladesh-India joint working group was held at the same venue on Sunday.
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A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between North-West Power Generation Company Limited and China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation is set to be signed today, with the aim of setting up a renewable energy power plant.
Bangladesh Power Development Board Director (Public Relations) said the MoU for the set up of the joint venture company will be signed at the Hotel Intercontinental, reports BSS.
In addition to implementing the project to generate renewable energy, the joint venture company will finalize the power generation capacity of the plant.
Prime Minister’s Energy Advisor Dr Towfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury will witness the MoU signing ceremony as the chief guest, while State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid will be present as the special guest.
Power Division Senior Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus will preside over the function.