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State Minister: Bangladesh’s power import to go up to 9,000MW by 2041

Denmark keen to invest in clean energy

Update : 11 Feb 2021, 08:09 PM

Bangladesh’s electricity import will go up to 9,000MW by 2041 as it will meet 15% of its demand by cross-border power trading as per the power system master plan.

State Minister for Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid revealed the plan while addressing an online workshop on Cross Border Power Trading, organized by the Bureau of Energy Resources of the US State Department on Thursday.

He also said cross-border power trading will help protect the environment while it will be cost-effective as well.

“Regional cooperation in the energy sector can play a vital role in ensuring rational distribution of electricity”, he added.

The virtual function was also attended by Power Secretary Habibur Rahman, Deputy Chief of US Mission in Bangladesh JoAnne Wagner, and Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain.

Nasrul Hamid said Bangladesh has been laying special emphasis on regional and sub-regional cooperation in energy sector development.

As part of the cooperation, he said, Bangladesh is now importing 1160MW electricity from India while a deal is ready for the import of another 500MW from Nepal.

He mentioned a discussion is going on with Bhutan for power import.

Meanwhile, Ambassador of Denmark Winnie Estrup met the state minister at his office in the Ministry of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resource on Thursday.

During the meeting, they discussed various issues including the development of clean energy in Bangladesh.

Nasrul Hamid said Bangladesh can follow Denmark in the clean energy resource development.

A special emphasis is being given to the promotion of clean energy in the country, he added.

He said Danish investors can invest in wind power and other sectors of clean energy to utilize their experiences.

The Danish envoy said the investors of his country are keen to extend cooperation in the green energy sector.

Ali Mushtaq Batt, commercial councilor of the Danish Embassy in Dhaka, was also present in the meeting.

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