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Bangladesh and World Bank sign USD450 million loan agreement [free access]

April 10, 2018

The government of Bangladesh has signed a loan agreement worth USD450 million with the World Bank for implementation of the ‘Enhancement and Strengthening of Power Transmission Network in Eastern Region Project’ in Bangladesh.


The USD718.06 million project involves construction of 13 gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations (one upgrade to a 400/230/33 kV substation from the 230/33 kV substation at Mirsharai, one new 400/230/132 kV substation at Korerhat, two new 230/132 kV substations at Chowmuhoni and Kachua, and nine new 132/33 kV substations at Kosba, Muradnagar, Chandina, Laksham, Laxmipur, Bashurhat, Maijdee, Patiya and New Mooring) in the country’s eastern part; a 230 kV, four-circuit backbone transmission line through greater Comilla region and four short-distance, 132 kV double-circuit lines to connect new 400/230 kV, 230/132 kV, and 132/33 kV substations to existing ones in Comilla and Noakhali areas. It will also involve replacement of the 132/33 kV Halishahar air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substation by an advanced GIS, and reconductoring of the 132 kV Sikalbaha–Cox Bazar and Korerhat–Feni lines with higher capacity conductors.


The project is expected to improve the reliability of electricity supply and reduce load shedding in the eastern region, covering greater Comilla and Noakhali, and part of greater Chittagong. In addition, about 275,000 households and 16,000 agricultural consumers will get new electricity connections.