Bangladeshi Government Sees 500MW Power from Myanmar
The government is keen to import 500 MW of electricity from neighbouring Myanmar as part of its plan to meet a growing demand for power and keep the country’s economic development and trade unhurt.
The government will make a formal proposal to the Myanmar authorities to initiate a power deal in this regard, an official concerned said.
The Myanmar government in 2010 assured the government that they would sell 500MW of their surplus hydroelectric power from Rakhine and Chin states during the visit of a high-powered delegation from Bangladesh, the official added.
Myanmar has been producing 800MW electricity in its Rakhine and Chin states against a demand of only 300MW.
An official said the government is considering approaching the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka to forward the proposal to the Myanmar government.
While Dhaka was seeking an immediate from Naypyidaw regarding a power deal, the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka earlier suggested the government to wait for some time until the on-going communal violence in Myanmar eases to some extent.
Bangladesh will import another 500MW of electricity mid of this year from India through an inter-grid power transmission facility.
The government will start importing 250MW electricity per day from India in July this year at 2.80 rupees per unit excluding transmission charge, Indian Power Secretary Uma Sanker informed while attending a meeting in Dhaka on January 31 this year.