Rural Electrification

Implementing complex projects in rural Bangladesh is a challenge. Ansar carefully evaluated a range of national and local suppliers and contractors to participate in building the project. One of Ansar’s goals was to train and nurture a local supplier/contractor capacity to facilitate local development and minimize costs, while at the same time maintaining superior quality. Ansar currently has in place a complete, cost effective supply chain required to implement MiniGrids in rural Bangladesh, and is well positioned to implement the planned future expansion.

Contractors: Rural Bangladesh is rich in local contractors who are relatively skilled, eager to learn and relatively easy to train. Partial mechanization of agriculture and proximity of villages to urban centers has resulted in a significant transfer of knowledge to the villages. Given the size and high population density of Bangladesh, even remote villages are not more than a couple of hours away from urban centers. However, Ansar had to carefully evaluate and choose the contractors to work with.

Materials & equipment suppliers/logistics: Delivery of equipment and materials of construction to sites in rural Bangladesh is a major challenge. Significant portions of the rural roads are unpaved and often quite narrow. Ansar organized logistics so that delivery over the final few kilometers could be made by transport able to navigate the small unpaved roads, while remaining cost effective. The major equipment, such as the generators, and the heavy items, such as the cable drums, sometimes had to switch transport systems for the last few kilometers.

Local housestuffs supplier

Construction materials sourced from local suppliers to develop supply chain

Distribution pole forms designed by Ansar and fabricated by local workshop

Inspection of distribution pole forms

Negotiation of preferred customer pricing with local suppliers to ensure lowest possible costs