State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid sincerely expressed his regrets to the consumers for the “temporary inconvenience” created following the grid failure on Tuesday.
In a statement, he also requested the power customers to be patient and said that engineers and technicians of Power Grid Company of Bangladesh and the Power Development Board (BPDB) and other related departments have been working tirelessly to restore power to its previous state.
“Power supply will be completely normal soon. We will always remain by the consumer's side,” he added.
The electricity supply was first restored in Ashuganj-Sirajganj 230 KV transmission line which gradually started restoring supply to Dhaka, Chattagram, Sylhet, Comilla, Mymensingh regions.
The power generation reached 8,431 MW at 9:00pm and now the normalisation of power supply is in progress with highest caution.
The system is gradually being normalised by commissioning large generation centres in the eastern part of the national grid which covers Ghorashal, Ashuganj, Meghnaghat, Haripur, and Siddhirganj power stations.
Dhaka received 1750 MW at 9:40 pm against a demand for 2300 MW. Electricity supply restoration started in Dhaka at 5.15 pm.
The statement mentioned there was an unexpected power outage at 2:04 pm in the eastern region of the national grid which covers Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Comilla, Mymensingh. The Power Division sincerely apologized for the unexpected power outage.
At that time, power supply was normal in the northern region that covers Rajshahi, and Rangpur division and southern region which covers Khulna and Barisal divisions.
A 6-member committee has been formed, headed by PGCB Executive Director (P&D) Yakub Elahi Chowdhury to find out the causes behind the grid failure, said the statement, adding two more committees will be formed by the Power Division.