India to export 500 Mw power to Bangladesh through SAARC Grid soon: POSOCO

India’s grid manager Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO) is confident the country would begin to export an additional power to an extent of 500 megawatt (Mw) to Bangladesh as soon as the work on is accomplished in the next one year.

“We could also draw considerably higher volumes of hydropower from nations such as Bhutan and Nepal,” said V K Agrawal, executive director, National Load Despatch Centre at POSOCO.

He was speaking at the National Conference on ‘Power Transmission and Distribution’ of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Indian government finalised a consensus over inter-country grid connecting the SAARC countries, which was pending for four years, in a meeting held with the representatives in the annual SAARC energy ministers meeting in Delhi in October 2014. Piyush Goyal, minister of state for coal, power and renewable energy had then said initial discussions would start for an integrated power transmission grid connecting India with its neighbouring nations, wherein excess production of power in one region can be used to meet deficit elsewhere

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