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Bangladesh agrees wind mapping deal with India’s ReGen

Officials aiming for 15MW wind farm by next year

Bangladesh wants to tempt investors with its coastal wind resource
Bangladesh wants to tempt investors with its coastal wind resource

Bangladeshi officials have commissioned India’s ReGen Powertech to map the country’s potential for wind power, according to reports. A memorandum of understanding, signed between Bangladesh’s Power Development Board (PDB) and ReGen, will see the Indian company carry out the mapping over the course of one year at its own expense, with a view to building a 15MW wind farm at the best location.

ReGen, a manufacturer of gearless wind turbines, will assess the wind velocity in the five coastal regions of Feni, Cox's Bazar, Anawara in the Chittagong district, Kuakata and Khepupara in the Patuakhali district, before choosing a location for the wind farm.

Once built, the 15MW project will be a stepping stone for ReGen to develop “hundreds of thousands of MW” of wind projects in Bangladesh, ReGen said. The company added that the wind resource along the country’s lengthy coastline offers a prime development opportunity.

The Power Development Board had previously developed two small wind power projects in Feni and the district of Kutubdia, but the country’s wind ambitions have failed to advance since then.

Taposh Kumar Roy, secretary to the power ministry, said the lack of wind mapping has held back Bangladesh’s wind power ambitions. "As a result, investors do not come to Bangladesh.”