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Barapukuria thermal power plant resumes production after 53 days

  • Published at 10:30 am September 14th, 2018
Barapukuria Thermal Power Plant, July 27, 2018
A file photo of Barapukuria thermal power plantMd Faruk Hossain

The disappearance of 142,000 tons of coal had forced the suspension of power generation on July 22

Bangladesh’s only coal-fired power plant, in Dinajpur’s Barapukuria, has resumed production after a nearly three-month hiatus.

The third unit, with a capacity to produce 275MW, resumed operation at 2:27am, on Friday, after receiving coal from Barapukuria, said the plant’s chief engineer Abdul Hakim Sarkar.

“We have recorded the production of 157MW,” he said. “The power production will increase gradually.” 

The thermal power plant can generate 525MW.

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“We will resume the operation of the other two units once we get enough coal,” the chief engineer added.

A coal crisis forced the power plant to stop operating on July 22, after at least 142,000 tons of coal disappeared from its stock. The incident is under investigation.

The plant partially resumed generating power on August 20, ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. But that too stopped after nine days.