Bangladesh: Dhaka and Western Zone Transmission Grid Expansion Project (AIIB-000272)

  • Bangladesh
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  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
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Government of Bangladesh
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  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 200.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 750.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS Jun 29, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Aug 28, 2019

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Project Description

According to bank documents, "The objective of the proposed Project is to enhance the reliability and efficiency of power transmission in Dhaka and Western Zone of Bangladesh and strengthen institutional capacity of PGCB.

The proposed Project will include three components.
•Component 1: construction of substations with a total capacity of 4,450 megavolt-ampere (MVA)and transmission lines of 40 km in Greater Dhaka.
•Component 2: construction of substations with a total capacity of 2,990MVA and transmission lines of 368 km and20 bay extensions in Western Zone.
•Component 3: strengthening of institutional capacity of Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB).

Investment Description
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

ADB loan: USD 300 million
People’s Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund: USD0.75 million
Government of Bangladesh/PGCB: 249.25million

Contact Information

Hongliang Yang
Senior Investment Operations Specialist

Aiming Zhou
Principal Energy Specialist

Bibi Karimun Nessa
Assistant Chief

Pranab Kumar Roy
Chief Engineer of Planning and Development



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