NTPC to Start Supplying Power to Bangladesh from September
The two countries have a deal in place, initiated during Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina’s January 2010 visit to Delhi, for trading of 250 mw. NVVN would supply leftover power from the Central pool after meeting domestic demand. The pool is made up of power from Central generation units that the government does not allot to any state and uses to meet emergency demand. Bangladesh would pay according to the generation of NTPC’s power plant from which electricity is supplied at a given time to Bangladesh. Generation plants have varying costs according to their vintage and fuel.
The Indian grid is already linked with Bhutan through which India imports power from hydel projects from that country that are partly funded by New Delhi. The eastern grid is also linked to Nepal to which around 50 mw is supplied. Pakistan, which is witnessing acute shortage, too has proposed an interlink for sourcing some 500 mw from India. A subsea link with Sri Lanka, however, is gathering dust due to lack of interest from Colombo.
Power to Bangladesh would be supplied through a link laid by state-run PowerGrid, connecting India’s eastern grid and Bangladesh’s western grid. The two grids would be bridged between Baharampur in West Bengal and Bheramara in Bangladesh. PowerGrid has completed the upgrade (loop-in-loop-out) of the existing Farakka-Jeerat line. A three-km stretch of the interlink between the two countries remains to be wired and is expected to be ready on time for power to flow. The interlink would have the capacity to handle a flow of 500 mw.