India and Bangladesh now have an electricity grid interconnection with a 400 kV AC link through a HVDC back-to-back station in Bangladesh.
February 13, 2014 -- In March 2011 the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd. (PGCB) awarded Siemens the contract to connect the power supply networks between Bangladesh and India with a state-of-the-art 500 megawatt (MW) back-to-back high-voltage direct current (HVDC) system. This turnkey project included engineering, civil works, delivery of all components, installation and commissioning of the complete HVDC system. On December 4, 2013, the full transmission power capacity of 500 MW was achieved (enough power to light up about 180,000 homes). The system is capable of future expansion up to 1000 MW.
The first 175 megawatts of power flowed from India to Bangladesh in September 2013. This first electricity grid interconnection among SAARC countries with a 400 kV AC link between India and Bangladesh through a HVDC back-to-back station in Bangladesh was formally inaugurated by the Prime Ministers of both countries: Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister, Bangladesh and Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, India (via videoconference). The project was made possible under an India-Bangladesh power exchange program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).