According to Nasrul Hamid, Bangladesh’s State Minister for Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources, the power promised by Adani Power would reach Bangladesh by the middle of March.
After inspecting Adani’s under-construction 1600 MW power plant having two units with 800 MW generation capacity each at Godda, Jhadkhand, India today, he stated, “Now we are getting 240 megawatt (MW) power on test basis from Adani power plant and in March 750 MW will be connected to the national grid through Rohonpur.”
It will be feasible to import power beginning in the middle of March, and by June we will get 1,450 MW of electricity,” Nasrul added, noting that the Adani company has built a specialised transmission line to provide electricity from India to Bangladesh.
“Due to the impending retirement of a 1000 MW diesel-based power plant, we will need more generation capacity to fulfil demand throughout the coming summer. We’re also trying to find cheaper, more reliable power sources and new sources of fuel “…he made the following remark.
The state minister said that the government of Bangladesh has been coordinating with its neighbours to improve regional power and energy security.
On November 5, 2017, the Bangladesh Power Development Board and Adani Power (Jharkhand) Limited signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to import 1496 MW (Net) from Adani’s Coal Fired Power Generation Facility in the Godda District of Jharkhand, India.
It is expected that the Interconnection and Transmission Facilities will be completed no later than six (6) months before the Required COD, as specified in the Implementation Agreement (IA).
The transmission cables were built specifically for this purpose. Bangladesh’s Chapainawabganj and Bogra substations, as well as other transmission infrastructure, were built by the PGCB.
Inspection participants included Adani Power’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Sh. Anil Sardana, as well as Power Division Secretary Md Habibur Rahman and BPDB Chairman Md Mahbubur Rahman.
Anil Sardana said that Adani has been building a 1600 MW coal-fired power station with two units using ultra-super critical technology.
“We are importing coal from Australia, South Africa, and Indonesia since it is against Indian policy to export power produced with local coal. Power tariffs are now being affected by the rising cost of coal. If the cost of coal decreases in the years to come, so will the cost of generating electricity “In his words.
In response to a query, Anil Sardana remarked that the Adani Group has not been paid by the government of Bangladesh despite having provided energy to the country.