Originally published in The Daily Star on 13 May 2023
Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) is shedding 2,000 MW of load across the country today as gas shortage forced the authorities to shut down a number of gas-fired power plants.
According to official sources, BPDB had to resort to about 2051 MW loadshedding at 12:00pm when power generation was 10,749 MW against a demand of 12,800 MW.
But many officials unwilling to speak on the record believe that the loadshedding was even more than 2,000 MW.
“This happened as we are not getting adequate gas supply that forced many plants to go for shutdown,” said a senior official of the BPDB.
Earlier, the Energy and Mineral Resources Division had informed that gas supply from two floating terminals of liquefied natural gas (LNG) will remain suspended from 11:00 pm yesterday due to the impact of the super cyclone Mocha.
As a result, gas supply to the Chittagong and Cumilla regions will be disrupted today.
However, supply will resume soon after considering the situation.
As a consequence, operation of gas-fired power stations will remain off or partially closed in Chittagong, Meghnaghat, Haripur and Siddhirganj areas.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid regretted the temporary inconvenience.
Dhaka Power Supply Company (Desco) managing director Engr. Md. Kausar Ameer Ali said that the areas in Dhaka city under his jurisdiction experienced about 347 MW at 11 am in the day time on Saturday against a demand for 1157 MW.
The supply was 819 MW, he added.
Managing director of Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) Bikash Dewan informed that the areas under his company had to resort to 350-380 MW in the day time.
The extent of loadshedding may be even higher after evening on Saturday, he told UNB.