Electricity Distribution Modernization Program (WB-P174650)

  • Bangladesh
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Sep 30, 2021
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Bangladesh
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Energy
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 500.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 1,194.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Mar 4, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Nov 19, 2020

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Project Description
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According to the bank's documents, the proposed project's objective is "to improve the delivery, reliability and efficiency of electricity supply in selected areas in Bangladesh and strengthen institutional and regulatory capacity."

The proposed project will "support a part of the overall government programand contribute to three results areas (i) increased distribution network capacity, climate resilience and digitalization; (ii) increased integration of distributed energy resources and (iii) strengthened sector institutional and regulatory capacity. Results Area 1will focus on network strengthening, expansion and rehabilitation to ease existing constraints and meet the rapidly growing demand in the country. These network investments will be paired with new and transformative network elements such as System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). Results area 2 will focus onincreasing integration ofdistributed energy resources such as rooftop solar, BESS and EV infrastructure in selected PBS’s. Results Area 3 will focus on technical assistance and capacity buildingforelectricity sector institutions –BREB, Power Cell and BERC–to effectively respond to emerging challenges and opportunities in the sector."

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.

Multilateral and Bilateral Financing (Concessional) US$ 242 million
Trust Funds US$ 120 million
Government US$ 332 million

Contact Information
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World Bank
Bipulendu Narayan Singh, Senior Energy Economist
Role:Team Leader(ADM Responsible)
Telephone No :5220+82135 /Email :bsingh2@worldbank.org

Md. Iqbal, Senior Energy Specialist
Role:Team Leader
Telephone No :5764+4121Email :miqbal@worldbank.org

Implementing Agencies
Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board
Contact :Moin Uddin, Chairman
Telephone No :8900007 Email :chairman@reb.gov.bd

Bangladesh Electricity Regulatory Commission
Contact :Md.Abdul Jalil, Chairman
Telephone No :255013517 Email :chair.berc.bd@gmail.com

Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources
Contact :Md. Hossain, Director General
Telephone No :9556577Email :dg@powercell.gov.bd


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