Load-shedding will continue during the month of Ramadan even though the Power Division has promised the opposite, said an official of the Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB).
Shortage in power generation and heatwave are the main reasons why load-shedding will continue to disrupt public life, the PDB official told the Dhaka Tribune, seeking anonymity.
In the last few weeks, load-shedding has been a major problem in almost half of the country, especially the southwestern region, even though the Power Division announced that there would be no load-shedding this summer.
Moreover, the Power Division on April 27 said there would be no load-shedding during iftar, sehri and Taraweeh prayers in Ramadan.
Meanwhile, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid reassured that the situated power supply would go back to normal on Saturday.
“In order to alleviate the gas crisis in power plants, two fertiliser factories and all CNG refuelling stations will remain closed from 5pm to 11pm so gas supply can by diverted to the power plants during that period,” the state minister said during a press conference on Thursday.
He further said initiatives had been taken to control power usage in big industries and shopping malls.
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“The power plants which were closed for maintenance work will resume operations before Saturday, and we will be able to generate 10,000MW of power. As we estimate the power demand during Ramadan to be about 10,000MW, I believe there will be no major case of load-shedding,” he added.
The state minister said the government was currently meeting the national demand by sharing the current load, not by load-shedding.
But the PDB official said merely generating 10,000MW would not be enough.
“Even if it is possible to generate 10,000MW power in Ramadan, we have to consider the transmission loss, distribution loss and auxiliary use of electricity in power stations. Only 8,500MW will reach the consumers. So load-shedding is inevitable.”
In addition to gas crisis and maintenance work at a number of power stations, storms also disrupted power transmission in the country as transmission lines and towers got damaged.
Recently, the Ashuganj transmission line was damaged by a storm, disrupting supply of 400MW of power to the western region from the eastern region.
The daily national demand for power is currently 12,000MW, but the amount of power generated is a little over 8,500MW. Wednesday saw around 8,600MW of power generated in the country.