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The South Asian region requires rapid development of the power sector to meet the needs of its growing economies and populations. Per capita consumption of electricity, a key indicator of economic progress ranges from 93 kWh in Nepal and 279 kWh in Bangladesh to 457 kWh in Pakistan and 616 kWh in India, which is far short of 13,394 kWh of the United States of America1.


Electricity black-outs and brown-outs are common in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Even as Pakistan faces high cost of power and frequent power cuts, power prices in India are at record lows of INR 1.50 per unit. There are major power deficits despite the availability of power in the region.

Conference Background:


Cross border power trade allows countries that are power deficit to meet their power shortfall by importing cheaper power and saving on power costs, while at the same time, it offers investors and project developers in the region, with opportunities to de-risk their investments by selling surplus power internationally, thereby getting more remunerative prices.


This also allows flexibility for countries to harness the potential of differing power production and consumption patterns due to seasonal variations, different peak time requirements (due to differences in sunrise and sunset times across locations) as well as different sources of power – cheap hydro in Bhutan, coal in India, gas in Bangladesh etc.


Examples of thriving cross border power trade include Canada exporting power to the United States and Bhutan exporting power to India on a sustainable basis and creating a large quantum of Foreign exchange earnings for themselves. Similarly, other SAARC countries can take advantage of their strategic location in not only meeting their own requirements for electricity but also for playing the role of importer, exporter, trader of electricity for all Central, South, and South East Asian countries.


The Proposed SAARC Grid:


There is a need to increase inter country power transfer capability through a solution - the proposed SAARC GRID. This Grid will play a beneficial role for exchange of power not only within the region but also, via extension, from Central Asia to Singapore.


The India - Bangladesh inter-connection at Baharampur (India) and Bheramara (Bangladesh) is a 400 kV D/C transmission line and 250 MW of power is expected to be supplied from India to Bangladesh from September 2013 onwards2. Electricity Transmission lines from Afghanistan to Pakistan and hopefully further on to India are under construction. The Sri Lanka – India undersea transmission line has been discussed at various levels but is still under hold. A National Power Beltway proposed to consist of two concentric rings of 100,000MW each is under discussion in India. The Power beltway can form the back bone of a trans-national grid from Central Asia to Singapore.


At the international level, the grid between Tajikistan and Afghanistan is under completion in Phase 1 of approximately 1,500MW. Connectivity between Nepal, India, and Myanmar could be through Bangladesh or through Manipur/Mizoram in India, to the closest load points such as Mandalay in Myanmar.


The grid which transfers approximately 400-500 MW between Thailand and Malaysia is already connected and there is an understanding that Malaysia and Singapore also have plans for expanding their connectivity. Further, a spur line from Myanmar to China; a line from Qatar to Iran and a sub-sea line from Iran to India could reach out to other important players in the region. Thus by v



Mr. Hilal A Raza
Director, SAARC Energy Centre

Mr Maroof Raza
Strategic Affairs Expert & Mentor, Security Watch India

Ms. Meera Shankar
Former Ambassador of India to USA

Shri SK Soonee
Chief Executive Officer, Power Operation System Company (POSOCO)

Mr. U.N. Panjiar
Chairman, BERC

Mr. Sayed Mujtaba Ahmadi
Counsellor (Economic), Embassy of Afghanistan to India

Mr. Abdul Razique Samadi
CEO,DABS, Afghanistan

Mr. Salis Usman
Research Fellow, SAARC Energy Center, Islamabad, Pakistan

H E Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam
High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India

Mr. Muhammad Azam Khan

H E Mr. Tariq A Karim
High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India

H E Mr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali
Ambassador of Afghanistan to India

H E Mr. Salman Bashir
High Commissioner of Pakistan to India

Mr. Ibrahim Fareed
Technical Manager, Technical Service Department, Fenaka Corporation Limited

Mr. Udaya Raj Sapkota
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Energy

Dr. Rajib Mishra
Executive Director, PTC

Mr. Haziq Beg
COO, IL&FS Energy Development Corporation

Mr. Akhilesh Awasthy
Chief Operating Officer, HPX

Mr. Ravinder
Chairperson and Member (PS), CEA

Mr. V V Sharma
Senior Vice President, PXIL

Mr. R Saha
Director (System Planning & Project Appraisal), CEA

Mr. Mohammad Fazlul Hoque
Bangladesh Power Development Board

Mr. Gem Tshering
Director Transmission, Bhutan Power Corporation

Mr. Md Shamsul Hassan Miah
Chief Engineer, Bangladesh Power Development Board

Mr. Andrew Jeffries
Principal Energy Specialist, South Asia Regional Department, ADB

Mr. Alok Roy
CEO, Reliance Power Transmission Ltd.

Mr. Devendra Chaudhry
Addl. Secy. Power, Ministry of Power, Govt. of India

Mr. Salman Zaheer
Programme Director, Regional Integration (South Asia Region) World Bank

Mr. RK Sharma
Chief Engineer, PSTCL

Dr. MP Lama
Pro-Vice Chancellor, IGNOU, New Delhi, and Ex-Member, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India

Mr. V S Verma
Member and acting Chairman, CERC

Mr. Y K Sehgal
Director, PGCIL


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