Name of the Project: Feasibility Study for the Project “Modernization of Power Distribution – Smart Grids Phase I”

 Client: KfW/ Bangladesh West Zone Power Distribution Company Ltd (WZPDC)

 Location: Bangladesh

 Duration: November 2018- May 2019

 Narrative description of Project: The Consultant shall prepare, on behalf of WZPDCL, a Feasibility Study (inter alia consider technical, financial/ economic aspects and environmental/ social aspects) for the Project. The Project comprises both investment as well as institutional support to WZPDCL. The first part of investments relates to improving the 33/11 kV distribution system with the aim of reducing losses and making the system more energy efficient, increasing reliability and availability of the system. Both, reducing direct and indirect losses will also contribute towards saving of greenhouse gasses. This shall be achieved by renovation of substations and medium voltage distribution lines and installation of capacitor banks. A second major part of the investment relates to operability by increasing automatization of the distribution system and introduction of a Distribution Control Centre (DMS) including online/ offline distribution SCADA system allowing for remote control of all considered substations within WZPDCL’s distribution system. In this regard, existing substation should be facilitated with modern SCADA technology and to be integrated in the DMS, which shall be done only after an assessment, if the substation and the equipment is suitable for upgrading. In addition to the investment, it is also foreseen to provide Institutional support and capacity building in the framework of the foreseen Accompanying Measure.

Description of actual services provided by staff within the assignment:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Distribution Planning
  • Capacity Building Assessment