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Bangladesh begins import of additional 300 MW power from India

Bangladesh has started import of additional 300 MW power from India to meet the local demand.

The import started at around 00:00 hrs of 10th September 2018 at Kushtia’s Bheramara second HVDC sub-station. Bangladesh now imports some 660MW power from India.

“Indian state-run power major NTPC’s trading arm NVVN began power supply of 300 MW to Bangladesh from midnight Sunday,” Bangladesh Power Development Board Member (Generation) Sayeed Ahmed said.

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN) is a wholly owned subsidiary of NTPC Limited.

NVVN signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) on September 6, 2018 at Dhaka for supply of 300 MW power from Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and back to back agreement has also been signed with the DVC, according to a report by Press Trust of India.

The company said the testing of additional 500 MW Baharampur (India) Bheramara (Bangladesh) High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) link has been completed. This is be used to supply power to Bangladesh.

BPDB had invited bids for buying 500 MW power from Indian firms under short-term (June, 1 2018 - December 31, 2019) and long-term (January 1, 2020 - May, 31, 2033) timeframes.

NTPC and PTC India emerged as the lowest bidders to win the contracts to supply power to Bangladesh for 15 years.

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of India’s biggest power producer, will supply 300MW while Power Trading Corporation (PTC) India Ltd will supply the remaining 200MW.

Bangladesh will buy power from NTPC at Tk 4.71 per unit for short term and Tk 6.48 from January 2020 to May 2033.

PTC India will sell at Tk 4.86 per until December next year and at Tk 6.54 from 2020.

In 2013, Bangladesh started to import power through this HVDC substation’s first unit, which now adds 500 MW to the national grid. Another 160 MW is imported through the northeastern Indian state of Tripura.

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