Of the approved 13 projects, 10 are new while three others are revised projects
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Wednesday approved a big project to set up double circuit 400KV transmission lines to extend the high voltage power transmission infrastructures in the northern part of the country at a cost of Tk3,322.34 crore to import power from India, Bhutan and Nepal in future.
The approval came from the Ecnec meeting held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area with Ecnec chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that a total of 13 projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Tk12,459.79 crore.
“Of the total project cost, Tk9,481.77 crore will come from the GoB portion, Tk154.45 crore will come from the organization’s own fund while the rest Tk2,823.58 crore from project assistance,” he added.
Of the approved 13 projects, 10 are new while three others are revised projects.
The Planning Minister said once the transmission line project is implemented, it will be possible to import power from Indian 1600MW Power plant to be set up by Adani Group at Jharkhand.
The imported power will be later transmitted to Sylhet, Chittagong and other parts of the country from Kaliakair.
Mannan said that the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) under the Power Division will implement the project by June 2022.
Of the total project cost, Tk1,424.26 crore will come from the GoB portion, Tk153.44 crore from the organization’s own fund while the rest of Tk1744.62 crore as project assistance under the Indian $2 billion line of credit (LoC).
The main project objectives include setting up the transmission line for evacuating power from the two proposed 800MW power plants to be set up at Jharkhand in India by Adani Group.
The main project operations include erection of 120 kilometer 400KV double circuit transmission line from Barapukuria to Bogra, erection of 140 kilometer 400KV double-circuit transmission line from Bogra to Kaliakair, extension of two 400KV AIS bay at the 400/230KV power substation at Kaliakair, and extension of two 230KV AIS bay at Parbatipur 230KV switching station.
Once the project is completed, it will also be possible to import power from Nepal and Bhutan through this transmission line in future.