The government has taken a big move to set up a double circuit 400 KV transmission line to extend the high voltage power transmission infrastructures in the northern part of the country to import power from India, Bhutan and Nepal in future.
“The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) will consider a project to this end tomorrow tiled ’Boropukuria-Bogura-Kaliakoir’ 400KV Transmission Line Project with Taka 3,322.34 crore,” a Senior Planning Commission official told the news agency.
He said that the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) under the Power Division will implement the project by June, 2022.
Of the total project cost, Taka 1,424.26 crore will come from the GoB portion, Taka 153.44 crore from the organization’s own fund while the rest of Taka 1744.62 crore as project assistance under the Indian $2 billion Line of Credit.
The official said the main project objectives include setting up the transmission line for evacuating power from the proposed 2 x 800 MW power plant to be set up at Jharkhand in India by Adani Group.
Another official at the Planning Commission said the main project operations include erection of 120 kilometer 400 KV double circuit transmission line from Boropukuria to Bogura, erection of 140 kilometer 400 KV double circuit transmission line from Bogura to Kaliakoir, extension of two 400 KV AIS bay at the 400/230 KV power substation at Kaliakoir, and extension of two 230 KV AIS bay at Parbotipur 230 KV switching station.
Once the project is completed, it will be possible to import power from the 1600 MW power plant to be set up at Jharkhand in India by Adani Group by 2023 through this transmission line.
“Besides, it will also be possible to import power from Nepal and Bhutan through this transmission line in future,” added the official.