3rd January 2022
EP Report

The World Bank (WB) recently approved US$500 million to help Bangladesh for expanding and modernizing electricity distribution system and support its sustainable transformation.


The Electricity Distribution Modernization Program will deliver improved electricity services to about 40 million people in Dhaka and Mymensingh Divisions.


It will upgrade and construct more than 31,000 kilometer of distribution lines, 157 distribution substations, and related infrastructure and incorporate measures to increase climate resilience of network infrastructure in 25 rural electric cooperatives (Palli Bidyut Samities) in the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board, said a press release recently.


Network investment will be paired with new and advanced technologies to help modernizing and transforming the electricity system.


"In the last decade, Bangladesh achieved a more than fourfold increase in electricity generation capacity and delivered electricity connections to more than 99 percent of its population. But, the electricity distribution network could not keep pace with the remarkable increase in electricity generation," said Dandan Chen, World Bank Acting Country Director for Bangladesh.

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