NTPC increases power supply to Bangladesh

Written by Indronil Roychowdhury | Kolkata | Updated: Oct 19 2013, 05:40am hrs
NTPC has enhanced power supply to Bangladesh by another 25 mw from Thursday after it started supplying 175 mw to the country from October 5.

NTPCs supply increased after a notification from the Central Electricity Authority, which worked on a Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDBs) request to enhance scheduled supply.

BPDB requested NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) for enhancing the quantum of scheduled power and CEA gave the go ahead.

NTPC official spokesperson told FE while supplying 175 mw to Bangladesh there was around 10% distribution loss for which the country was not getting the entire supply. The additional supply would compensate for the losses, while also enhancing supply to the country. Bangladesh got 172 mw on Friday against supplies of 200 mw.

There are four channels or banks for flowing power to Bangladesh and at present only a single channel is working. Once all the channels become operational, more power would be supplied to the country, the official said.

The Bangladesh government has authorised BPDB to enter into an agreement with the Indian government appointed nodal agency, NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), for cross- border trading. A memorandum of understanding was signed between India and Bangladesh on October 11, 2010 for allocating 250 mw of power on round-the-clock basis. NVVN requested to be allowed to allocate of 175 mw of power initially, which would increase later on.

The NTPC spokesperson said the power is being supplied from the unallocated quota of 13 NTPC power stations including Singarauli, Rihand Stage-1 and Stage-2, Dadri Stage-2, Korba unit 1 to 6, Vindhyachal 1, 2 and 3, Sipat-2, Farakka unit 1 to 5, Kahalgaon 1 and 2 and Talcher-1.

The entire power supplied would be according to the tariff fixed by CERC.