Bangladesh eyes joint hydro projects with Myanmar

Energy-hungry Bangladesh will study a proposal by Myanmar to set up hydroelectric projects in Myanmar to generate and share power between two neighbors, Bangladesh Energy Ministry officials said.

Myanmar’s proposal is for construction of 800 MW in two hydropower projects on the Michaung and Lemro Rivers in its western Arakan (Rakhaine) State. The Michaung project would total 200 MW and the Lemro project 600 MW.

Bangladesh officials said July 2 that a delegation from Bangladesh, headed by Power Division Secretary M. Fouzul Kabir Khan, is to visit Myanmar in July to assess the proposal. Bangladesh and Myanmar share a 320-kilometer border.

Bangladesh is suffering a power shortfall of 2,000 MW. Only 30 percent of the population of the impoverished south Asian country has access to electricity.

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