“We want to install a transmission line from Bangladesh to Nepal, so that we can export electricity to Nepal in winter. Apart from this, import of hydropower from Nepal is almost final,” Bangladeshi State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said while meeting with South Asia Regional Director (Infrastructure) of the World Bank (WB) Pankaj Gupta, at the ministry office on Sunday.
The WB regional director paid a courtesy call on Minister Nasrul Hamid.
Informing about the ongoing and upcoming projects run by the World Bank, the state minister said a power hub is being built in the southern part of the country, which requires funding for transmission lines and smart grid.
“Investment is needed to the power sector, as the wind mapping is done. About 10,000 MW of electricity generation from renewable sources has been approved,” he added.
Nasrul Hamid said that efforts have been made to replace the new gas pipeline, adding, “We want the World Bank to be on our side on a bigger scale.”
The World Bank Director said, “I would like to work with Bangladesh on various projects. Energy security, renewable energy, energy efficiency and private sector financing can be supported.”
He emphasized on speeding up the work of the gas prepaid metering project.
During the meeting, they discussed various issues related to Strategic Policy Dialogue, Future Engagement and Power and Energy Sector Portfolio.
(Courtesy BSS based news)