Bangladesh has been ranked the lowest hydropower producing country in Asia, according to the 2018 Hydropower Status Report prepared by International Hydropower Association (IHA).
According to the report, despite huge potential of hydropower production, neighbouring Nepal has been placed as the second lowest producer of such green electricity.
Bangladesh has been producing hydropower with its 230 megawatt capacity while Nepal has the capacity of 968 MW. But both are making their efforts to increase their capacity by commissioning more projects, said the latest report.
“A trilateral deal between the governments of Bhutan, India and Bangladesh is also on the horizon, supporting the Dorjilung Hydropower Project (1,125 MW) in Bhutan and export to India and Bangladesh,” said the report.
According to the IHA report, Bangladesh’s position, however, in respect to hydropower remained unchanged since 2017.
The IHA found China as the leader in Asia and Pacific region which was followed by India and Japan.
The Hydropower Status Report mentioned that East Asia and the Pacific have the highest annual increase in hydropower capacity with China contributing the largest share of installed capacity.
It reveals that over 90 per cent of the capacity added in 2017 in the region came from China, which increased its total installed capacity to 341,190 MW.
It added that Japan is second in the region with an installed capacity of 49,905 MW while India, being the third largest producer with an installed capacity of 49,382 MW.
It said India has contributed 1,200 MW by its Teesta III project in the Himalayan north-eastern state of Sikkim.
Among the Asian countries, Vietnam was ranked third in the East Asia region with an installed capacity of 16, 679MW.