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ABB reinforces Bangladesh powergrid

The long-term plan for the country is to generate 60,000MW of electricity by 2041, four times the current capacity

Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, one of the world's most populated cities
Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, one of the world's most populated cities

Power and automation technology group ABB has secured an order from the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB), to increase the country’s power transmission capacity by 535 megawatts (MW).


As part of the $30m project, ABB will build two new substations and upgrade two existing substations for the national utility which will boost transmission capacity and electricity supply to more than 250,000 households.


The substations will add around 535 MW of transmission capacity contributing to the government’s target of providing access to electricity for its population of around 165 million, by 2021.


The government of Bangladesh is working towards its ‘Vision 2041’, which outlines plans to have a strong and developed economy by 2041. To achieve this, the country is focusing on a steady GDP growth of over 7 per cent. This economic growth ambition is also boosting the demand for electricity.


“We have a proven track record in Bangladesh and are pleased to continue supporting the country in its efforts to strengthen its power infrastructure and boost transmission capacity to bring much needed electricity to millions of households”, said Patrick Fragman, managing director of ABB’s grid integration business.


“As part of our next level strategy, we are strongly committed to providing solutions for reliable power, which is a major catalyst for growth in the South Asian region.”


ABB will build and commission one 132kV/33kV air insulated switchgear substation in Kachua, one 132kV/33kV gas insulated switchgear substation in Kalurghat and upgrade two existing 132kV/33kV AIS substations into GIS substations in the Comilla and Modhunaghat areas.


The group will also provide substation automation systems and fibre optic communications. The design, engineering, system integration and supply of key products will be carried out by its operations in India.


The long-term plan for Bangladesh is to generate 60,000 MW electricity by 2041 – four times its current capacity – and grow its industrial and transport sector.


Bangladesh is investing in its electricity infrastructure to meet the rapidly increasing demand for power and to ensure a reliable supply of electricity. For more than a decade, ABB has supported utility and industry customers in Bangladesh to help the country meet its growth plans.



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