Bangladesh proposes joint venture power plant in India

NewsWorld365 NewsWorld365 , December 13, 2014

To bolster bilateral energy ties, Bangladesh has suggested setting up of a thermal power plant through a joint venture in India, reports The Economic Times.

In this regard, Bangladesh has proposed that a coal block could be allocated to the joint venture entity while power generated from the plant could be supplied to Bangladesh.

The proposed plant would be on the lines of 1,320 MW thermal project in Rampal- being jointly developed by NTPC and Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB)-in the neighbouring nation.

“We have proposed that if we are given a coal block (by the Indian government) in India, then we could develop a power plant through a joint venture, in the same way as we are doing in Rampal,” Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, energy adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, told PTI.

The proposal was discussed during Chowdhury’s meeting with Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal in India this week.

According to Chowdhury, India is very positive about the proposal.

Bangladesh, which is looking to increase its electricity supplies to meet rising demand, has an installed capacity of around 13,000 MW.

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