People in different areas of the capital and elsewhere across the country have been experiencing load-shedding for the last few days due to a decrease in electricity supply for gas shortage, agencies report.
“Dhaka city alone has to face 50-100 MW of power shortage a day while countrywide shortage is about 300-350 MW since August 24,” a top official at state-owned Power Development Board (PDB) told UNB on Monday. He, however, attributed this to the shortage of gas supply to power plants that resulted in decreased power generation by 350 MW on an average.
The state-owned Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL) started its pigging works in its two main gas transmission lines — 60 km Bakhrabad-Siddhirganj line and 61-km Ashuganj-Siddhirganj pipeline on August 25.
GTCL officials said the pigging work (cleaning of gas pipeline) will continue till September 1 and during the period, the consumers in Narayanganj, Siddhirganj, Fatullah, Muktadirpur, Munshiganj, Zinzira and many localities in Dhaka metropolitan area may experience low pressure problem in their gas supply.
Many power plants in Narayanganj and adjoining areas and also industries got lower gas supply from these two major transmission lines since the start of the works, said the PDB officials. PDB statistics show the power generation came down to nearly 8365 MW from 8550 MW due to lower gas supply.
As a result, the country experienced a load-shedding of 316 MW on August 24 while 295 MW on August 26 and 316 MW on August 28. There was no load-shedding on August 25 and 27 across the country as demands dropped following calm weather following the downpour.
Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC), which operates in the central and southern part of the city, had to resort to 100 MW load-shedding a day to meet the demand for 1350 MW in its areas. “We had to go for nearly 100 MW load-shedding and different areas under the organisation experienced power cut for more than one hour in one or two spells,” said Ramiz Uddin, director (engineering) of the DPDC.
He mentioned that there was a 50 MW shortage of power on Monday as well.