New Delhi, Oct. 4: India will start exporting 250 mega watts of power to Bangladesh from tomorrow through a new transmission line set up by the two countries.
“Electricity will begin to flow tomorrow from India to Bangladesh through a new transmission line, marking South Asia’s first-ever high voltage direct current interconnection between the two countries,” the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which has partially-financed the project, said today.
Power will be wheeled through a 125km transmission line, connecting Behrampore in India to Bheramara in Bangladesh.
The transmission line has been jointly set up by PowerGrid Corporation of India Ltd and the Bangladesh Power Development Board.
The multilateral lender said from tomorrow the trading arm of NTPC would commence supply to the Bangladesh Power Development Board.
“This will be gradually increased to 250MW in November 2013 and a further 250MW will be added by the end of 2013. The project could eventually be scaled up to allow 1,000MW of power flows,” the ADB said.
The ADB helped to finance the $199-million interconnection facilities in Bangladesh with a $112-million loan. State-owned transmission utility PowerGrid built and financed the infrastructure in India.