June 26, 2024, 4:59 am

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2023-06-06 07:14:06 BdST

Coal shortage forces complete closure of Payra power plant

Payra power plant’s operation was completely shut down at 12:05 pm on Monday triggering more load shedding in Dhaka city and elsewhere, according to BPDB officials.

They said that due to the shutdown of the 2nd unit of Payra power plant, the country’s load shedding increased to 2675 MW at 12 noon on Monday which was 2287 MW on Sunday.

It means the country had to experience 388 MW of load shedding due to closure of the Payra power plant, said an official of the BPDB referring to the data of the National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC).

He said the country generated 12099 MW of electricity against a demand of 14900 at 12 noon.

NLDC’s evening forecast shows that the country’s demand will go up to 15800 MW when generation is expected to be 14,400 MW.

However, officials said the country may experience more than 3500 MW of load shedding in the evening peak period.

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