Frequency of power outages on rise

Dhaka,  Mon,  05 December 2016
Published : 19 Oct 2016, 00:30:01

Frequency of power outages on rise

Frequency of power outages on rise
FE Report


Frequency of power outages across the country has been on the rise in recent weeks despite a substantial increase in the country's overall electricity generation.

Power cuts have been affecting both urban and rural areas and the duration of such an outage at times lasts for several hours at a stretch.

The country's overall electricity generation as on October 17 was around 8,495 megawatts (MW) against the installed capacity 12740 MW and the de-rated capacity of 12,185 MW, according to statistics of state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB). Unofficial estimate puts the current demand for electricity at around 10,000 MW.

Businesses are bearing the brunt of frequent load shedding as industrial output is being hampered, while residents are suffering from scorching heat during the fag end of the monsoon.

A senior BPDB official acknowledged problems of power outages and attributed it largely to transmission and distribution bottlenecks.

"There is, however, no major disruption in generation end," he claimed.

The official also clarified the reason behind the less-than-expected level of electricity generation due to natural gas crisis and overhauling or maintenance of some power plants.

Gas crisis held up electricity generation of around 1,416 MW, while maintenance of power plants has resulted in the suspension of operation of 974 MW capacity power plants as on Monday, he said.

Ever-increasing load sanctions in industries, commercial entities and households are creating extra pressure on age-old transmission systems resulting in electricity outages, said a senior official of state-owned Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC).

State-run Rural Electrification Board (REB) is also providing new electricity connections in rural areas, he added.

He said modernising the existing transmission system would help improve the overall electricity distribution mechanism.

According to the BPDB, Dhaka zone experienced load-shedding of around 30 MW, Chittagong zone 15 MW, Khulna zone 23 MW, Rajshahi zone 19 MW, Comilla zone 12 MW, Mymensingh zone 19 MW, Sylhet zone 7.0 MW, Barisal zone 6.0 MW and Rangpur zone 9.0 MW on Monday.

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