Door open to export electricity to Bangladesh

Kaligandaki Corridor transmission line project
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Kathmandu, December 8

The Bangladesh government has decided to import 40 MW of electricity from Nepal. The Economic Affairs Committee of the Council of Ministers granted preliminary approval to the proposal during its meeting on Wednesday.

The pricing details for the sale of electricity by Nepal have not been disclosed at this time. It is anticipated that the next meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) will address and discuss the specifics of the pricing for the electricity purchase.

Three months ago, Nasrul Hamid, Bangladesh’s Minister of State for Electricity, Energy, and Minerals, stated that the import of hydropower from Nepal was nearing its final stages. Following extensive discussions at both political and staff levels, India has given its approval, allowing Bangladesh to import 40 MW of electricity from Nepal through Indian transmission lines.

Mohammad Hussain, the Director General of Bangladesh Power Cell, said the Bahrampur-Bhermara transmission line will be used to import electricity from Nepal, facilitated through the territory of India. The outlined plan involves Bangladesh importing electricity from Nepal with the Indian nodal agency, NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam, acting as the service provider.

Facilitating the sale of electricity from Nepal to Bangladesh requires the signing of an electricity sale agreement involving key entities such as the Nepal Electricity Authority, NTPC in India, and Bangladesh Power Development Board.

NTPC, designated as the nodal agency by the Government of India for electricity trade with Nepal, Bangladesh, and other nations, oversees all current electricity import-export transactions between Nepal and India.

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