Tuesday, January 23, 2018

'Dhaka and Delhi power cooperation growing'

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Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali on Thursday said Bangladesh is relying on bilateral, sub-regional and regional cooperation in boosting its energy security besides its own national efforts.

He said Bangladesh's engagement with India in the power sector has expanded since 2009 thanks to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's bold initiatives. The envoy was speaking at a workshop on the economic benefits of Bangladesh-India power trade at a New Delhi hotel organized by Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe) aimed at promoting South Asian electricity trade.

Muazzem Ali said Bangladesh is on track to achieve Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's vision of ensuring 'energy for all' by reaching the target of generating 24,000 MW power by 2021. "It is a matter of great pleasure that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have taken the partnership between the two countries far beyond strategic partnership touching upon virtually all areas of human endeavor," he said. On energy cooperation, the envoy referred to the substantive cooperation between Bangladesh and India in energy sector, according to Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.

The High Commissioner highlighted a few areas of the engagement - Bangladesh currently importing 660 MW of electricity from India; discussion on importing an additional 500 MW is under progress. The two countries, he said, have started cooperation on renewable energy and nuclear power.

Muazzem Ali said Bangladesh is building 2400 MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Pabna with Russian and Indian collaboration. The two neighbors are also jointly building a coal-based power plant at Rampal, Bangladesh to produce 1320 MW of power. The envoy said India's leading private companies, Reliance Power and Adani Power, have signed agreements with Bangladesh.


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