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Dhaka faces 600mw load shedding

Staff Reporter:

Dhaka has alone been experiencing more than 600 MW of load shedding during daytime on Monday when demand for electricity remains relatively low than nighttime.
According to official sources, like the previous few days the country has been seeing over 2000 MW of power shortage.
As a result, consumers across the country are facing power outages for 6 to 7 hours in different spells during the day.
“After the evening, the situation will be deteriorating with the increase in demand,” said a top official of the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) preferring anonymity.
He attributed the gas shortage for the severe situation in power supply.
“Actually, we have been getting lower supply of gas that forced us to keep at least 25 generation units across the country shut,” he said.
He, however, said that if the BPDB receives normal supply of gas, it can produce 6,500 MW of elec-tricity from its gas-fired plants.
“But now we’re producing 4667 MW and about 1,833 MW of electricity is not available for gas short-age,” he noted.
Meanwhile, managing director Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) Md. Kausar Ameer Ali said that the area under the organization was experiencing a load shedding of 308 MW in the daytime.
“The Desco is receiving about 800 MW against a demand of 1111 MW,” he told .
Desco is entrusted with the responsibility to distribute electricity in Dhaka city’s north, north-west and eastern parts while Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) is responsible for power supply in the south, southeast and central part of Dhaka city.
DPDC Managing director Bikash Dewan said that area under DPDC has been experiencing a shortage of about 340 MW which might be up after the evening.
He said DPDC has been resorting to load shedding of more than 340 MW to manage a demand of more than 1600 MW as it has been receiving 1250 MW.
However, consumers are complaining that they have to experience a huge load shedding.
In some areas, people are allegedly experiencing power outages just in every alternative hour.

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