The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide more than $357m for the development of two power lines in Bangladesh as part of efforts to help the government achieve the national target of electricity for all by 2021.
The investment comprises $350m ADB loan, $7m grant from the Japan Fund for the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JFJCM) to fund energy-efficient conductors, and $500,000 grant from the Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund (EAKPF) to promote socially inclusive growth with gender equality.
ADB was earlier involved in the Bangladesh power sector, including the recently approved Rupsha 800MW Combined Cycle Power Plant in the southwest region, to improve the transmission system by providing more efficient power transfer to the load centres of the southern and western zones.
The Southwest Transmission Grid Expansion Project builds on ADB’s earlier work in the country’s power sector.
Under the project, a 126km 230kV transmission line will be constructed from Barisal to Faridpur; and a 104km 400kV transmission line from Bogra to Rohanpur, along with substations, transformers and associated extensions and connections.
New type of high temperature conductors will be used in the new transmission lines, which will allow more power transfer at lower energy losses.
These conductors have less resistance to power flow, higher power transferring capacity, and operate more reliably in tropical weather, besides helping to minimise right-of-way requirements.
The new conductors also reduce carbon dioxide emissions compared to conventional transmission conductors that are used in Bangladesh, contributing to climate change mitigation.
This climate change mitigation accounts for $93m of the investment, comprising $86m from the ADB loan and $7m from the JFJCM grant.
Under the EAKPF grant, the project will provide funds for a scholarship programme that will support women’s access to higher education and boost their job opportunities in the electricity sector.
The government will contribute $174.5m toward the $532m cost of the project, which is expected to be completed at the end of June 2023.
Image: The ADB project will make the power transmission system in Bangladesh more efficient, reliable, and environmentally friendly. Photo: courtesy of Asian Development Bank.