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Bangladesh to import 700MW hydropower from Nepal

| Updated: June 28, 2021 12:05:41


A hydropower plant in Nepal A hydropower plant in Nepal

Bangladesh has decided to import around 700 megawatts (MW) of hydropower from Nepal to meet its future electricity demand.

State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MPEMR) Nasrul Hamid on Sunday said that Bangladesh would sign an agreement on hydropower import with Nepal next month.

Mr Hamid was briefing newsmen at the MPEMR conference room in the Secretariat Sunday.

He said the government is also working on the scope to invest in hydropower projects in Nepal and import the electricity through electricity transmission line over neighbouring India.

The state minister also said that the government is continuing the process to set up hydropower plants in Nepal and Bhutan under the bipartite or tripartite arrangement.

"Bangladesh will be able to export its ‘surplus’ electricity to Nepal during the dry season," he hoped.

Mr Hamid also revealed a decision to scrap 10 coal-fired power plants having a total generation capacity of 8,451 MW as they failed to come online during their stipulated time.

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