|Published : 16 Apr 2017, 17:51:18 | Updated : 16 Apr 2017, 17:53:12|
Bangladesh to import more 2,000 MW power from India
Nepal, Bhutan also agreed to export power to BD
The government is set to import additional 2,000 MW of electricity from India within the next two years, said State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Sunday.
"Currently we are importing 600 MW power from India and will import additional 2,000 MW in the next two years," he said.
Nasrul said it while addressing as the chief the closing ceremony of a training programme on "Green Banking for Sustainable Energy" in Sylhet, reports BSS.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GiZ), Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) and Bangladesh Institute of Bank management (BIBM) jointly organised the training.
The junior minister said the government is importing electricity from abroad at a reasonable price with the aim to generate more power.
He said that the government is also working to import power from Nepal and Bhutan.
The state minister said the government allowed installation of 5 million solar home systems in rural areas and is trying to supply power to every corner of the country.
At the ceremony, the State Minister said it is necessary to extend research activities as power is a very important component for sustainable development.
He also said the power and energy ministry has established a research institute named "Energy Research Council" and all energy related problems could be solved through more research.
Chaired by Director General of BIBM Dr Towfiq Ahmed Chowdhury, the function was also addressed by chairman of SREDA M Helal Uddin, Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank SK Sur Chowdhury and Deputy Head of German Embassy to Bangladesh Michael Shulthaei, among others.