Grant financing deal of EUR 12mn signed to support power, energy sector
The French Development Agency (AFD) and the government of Bangladesh have signed a grant financing agreement of EUR 12 million or around Tk 1.24 billion to support advanced digital solutions in the power and energy sector in Bangladesh.
This agreement is part of a larger multi donor project involving the joint commitment of AFD and the European Union (EU), for a total investment of EUR 112 million.
The project, called “Power Factor Improvement and Smart Grid under Dhaka Power Development Company (DPDC) Dhaka, Bangladesh” is the first ever smart grid project in Bangladesh and will be implemented over the next 5 years, said a media release.
EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink said the European Union is committed to supporting Bangladesh in adopting advanced digital solutions in power distribution, in view of a sector decarbonisation, thanks to the joint effort with one of our Member States, France.
“This project is also relevant for the Team Europe Initiative on Green Energy Transition, which involves the EU, its Member States and like-minded partners. It aims at supporting Bangladesh in its transformative, low-carbon development, through an increased use of renewable energy and energy efficiency enhancement.”
Benoit Chassatte, AFD Country Director said for AFD in Bangladesh, 2020 was an opportunity to amplify existing commitments to modernize Dhaka’s power grid.
This is the first ever initiative in Bangladesh to equip the existing grid with reliable, cutting-edge new technology, allowing DPDC to optimize energy distribution without making an unnecessary additional heavy network capital investment.
“In addition, AFD has increased its commitment in the energy and power sector in Bangladesh by financing (EUR 151.56 million) in 2020 the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) and the Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Fund Limited (BIFFL), both public financial institutions specializing in the financing of infrastructure and renewable energy projects, and the promotion of green initiatives.”
Through this project, 1,141,000 people will benefit from a significant improvement in the quality of electricity service.
It will also prevent an accumulated 104,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year, thereby contributing to Bangladesh’s climate goals.
With this project, AFD and the EU are reinforcing their role in supporting the Government of Bangladesh in the search for and use of advanced digital solutions in distribution stations and in medium-voltage grids.
The goal is to equip existing infrastructure with these new, innovative and reliable technologies in order to ensure services are prepared for the future.
A core aspect of Bangladesh’s economic development strategy is an improved performance of the power sector in terms of generation, transmission, and distribution.
The smart grid in Bangladesh is in its early stages, and merely consists of deploying smart meters.
Source: United News of Bangladesh