Already hit-hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, when tourism and fisheries sectors in Kuakata are trying to make a recovery, frequent load shedding have dealt another blow. Bearing the brunt are hotel and motel owners in Kuakata, wholesale fish traders in the district’s Alipur and Mahipur landing stations, and trawler owners. When the government decided to stop buying liquified natural gas (LNG) from the international spot market because of a sharp price hike in July, the power supply situation began to deteriorate. Daily hour-long area-based load shedding started across Bangladesh from July 19, 2022 to tackle the ongoing energy crisis. Owners of hotels, motels, ice mills and fish traders said they are counting huge losses due to incessant power cuts. Read More: Kuakata Sea Beach, Bangladesh: Magnificent sunrise, sunset views to remember Motaleb Sharif, General Secretary of Kuakata Hotel Motel Owners Association and Owner of Kuakata Guest House, said that the number of tourists in Kuakata is dwindling due to rampant load shedding. “There are a total of 150 big and small hotels and motels in Kuakata. Although these establishments were abuzz with tourists, this isn’t the case anymore. We’re frustrated with up to six load shedding every day. Tourists are losing interest because of the inconvenience,” Motaleb said. He added that although they had informed the Prime Minister’s Energy Advisor Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury about the problem and demanded establishment of a power sub-station in the area, no steps have been taken yet. Rahim Khan, owner of Khan Palace, said that refrigerators and air conditioners are being damaged due to the frequent power cuts. Read More: Dead dolphin washes ashore on Kuakata beach “We have to spend more than what we earn from the boarders. We experience load shedding even on weekends, which is discouraging tourists. Although a 1320 MW thermal power plant has been set up in Payra, people of Patuakhali are yet to reap its benefits,” Rahim said.
Cyclone Sitrang: Many areas in Dhaka, Narayanganj plunge into darkness following disruption in power supply
Many areas in Dhaka and Narayanganj cities plunged into darkness following a huge disruption in power supply that authorities blamed on the approaching Cyclone Sitrang. According to officials of the Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC) and Desco, the two entities which control the distribution network in Dhaka and Narayanganj, following a fault in Sympur, Ulan and Maniknagar grid line, many areas experienced blackouts for hours. “Due to the grid-disruption, power supply went off in Dhanmondi, Sher-e-Banglanagar, Kakrail, and Kajla in Dhaka city and also some areas in Narayanganj city," Bikash Dewan, managing director of DPDC, told UNB. Read Cyclone Sitrang weakens into depression He said many areas also experienced blackouts due to the collapse of trees on the power distribution lines due to cyclone Sitrang. Some 32 teams of DPDC have been working to restore supply in the disrupted areas, he added. He also said that power supply came down to 700 MW from 1,400 MW following the disruption in some grid lines in DPDC areas. As a result, consumers have been experiencing loadshedding despite relatively cool weather, he said. Read Cyclone Sitrang: Educational institutions in 3 divisions declared closed Desco managing director Kausar Ameer Ali noted that power supply was disrupted in Uttara, Gulshan and Mirpur areas. “Mainly falling of trees and flying construction materials and other objects over the distribution lines led to the disruption in Desco areas,” he noted. A good number of Desco teams are working to fix the problems and restore power supply, he added, saying consumers in his area have been experiencing loadshedding since evening due to lower supply against the demand. Read 110 evacuated from isolated char in Bhola ahead of Sitrang landfall
After two weeks of remaining out of order, the 210 MW capacity unit-5 of Ghorashal Power Station has resumed operation. “Unit-5 of Ghorashal Power Station is in operation since yesterday and is now generating 170 MW electricity, against its installed capacity of 210 MW,” Shamim Hasan, public relations director of Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), told UNB. Ghorashal Power Station’s unit-5 went off along with other units following the National Power Grid failure on October 4, 2022. Read: Power supply in Dhaka: Until Ghorashal working in full capacity, situation won’t improve Except unit-5, almost all other units of the power station resumed operation the same day. As a result, Dhaka city and adjoining areas were getting relatively less power supply from Ghorashal. The power station plays a major role in electricity supplied to Dhaka. Due to a major technical fault, officials failed to resume power generation from unit-5 of Ghorashal. After repair, BPDB engineers managed to resume the unit’s operation at the plant yesterday (October 19, 2022). Read: PGCB names 2 suspended officials for power grid failure Power generation resumption from unit-5 will help improve the electricity supply situation in Dhaka and surrounding areas, said another BPDB official. Dhaka city and adjoining areas are still experiencing frequent load shedding due to a huge gap between power supply and demand. BPDB data shows the country’s power generation varies between 11,000 MW and 12,000 MW, following the national power grid failure on October 4, 2022 – against a demand for about 14,000 MW. Read Theft in power sector behind grid failure: Fakhrul
Demand for candles has skyrocketed with the recent endemic load shedding in Dhaka as well as across the country. Frequent load shedding, which is causing public suffering, has, however, revived candle factories – putting smiles on the faces of those involved with this business. Haji Monir, the owner of a candle factory in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar, said that they usually get more orders for candles during religious events and festivals. However, due to the rise in both frequency and duration of load shedding over the past few months, demand for candles has increased significantly. “There were ten candle factories in this area, but only my factory is in production now,” he added. Due to the price hike of raw materials, price of candles has almost doubled. Read No hope of improvement before Nov, Nasrul Hamid says
Residents of some Dhaka areas will experience power cuts for up to eight hours today (October 17, 2022). Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (DESCO) has published the new schedule for load shedding on Monday. DESCO areas include Uttara, Gulshan, Baridhara, Bashundhara, Banani, Badda, Uttarkhan, Dakkhinkhan, Agargaon, Mirpur, Kafrul, Kalyanpur, Khilkhet, Pallabi, Rupnagar and Tongi. Consumers under Dhaka Power Supply Company Limited (DPDC) will see power cuts for 4-6 hours. Read: PGCB names 2 suspended officials for power grid failure The load shedding schedules can be found on the DPDC and Desco websites. On October 11, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid urged people to be patient during the ongoing power crisis that has triggered 5-6 hour long daily load shedding in and outside Dhaka city. He said the people have to wait until November for power supply situation to improve. Read: Power supply in Dhaka: Until Ghorashal working in full capacity, situation won’t improve Prime Minister’s Energy Advisor Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury yesterday said there is no immediate solution to the ongoing load shedding in Dhaka, as the government has reduced import of primary fuel to conserve foreign currency reserve.
Prime Minister’s Energy Advisor Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury has said there is no immediate solution to the existing load shedding as the government has reduced import of primary fuel to conserve foreign currency reserve. “We have to cut fuel import considering the future situation as part of the plan to conserve foreign currencies,” he told reporters on Sunday on the sideline of a seminar on the country’s development. Reinterring his call to people to be more patient and try to check any misuse of power in their consumptions, he said developed nations like Britain and Germany are now experiencing 4-5 hours of load shedding. The energy advisor said that the government had thought that Russia-Ukraine war would stop but it has not happened. Read: Load shedding: No hope of improvement before Nov, Nasrul Hamid says He said there was a plan to import 1600 MW of power from India’s Adani Group and also get 1000 MW from Rampal power plant. But transmission lines for these two projects are not ready and it will take 3-4 months more to get electricity from those. “As a result, it is unlikely to improve power supply situation very soon,” he said. He, however, said the government is trying to bring some natural gas from Bhola district and raise 1000 MW of power generation from solar energy. There is also a plan to replace some existing diesel-run irrigation pumps with solar-run irrigation system, he added.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said that there is no hope of improvement in the ongoing load-shedding situation in Bangladesh before November, as gas could not be imported. He made the remark while talking to reporters at his ministry today – referring to the 5-6 hour-long load shedding throughout the day in and around Dhaka. He said the government has to operate some power plants on an alternative basis, due to the lack of adequate fuel supply. Read: More time needed to know why grid failed: Nasrul Hamid “We keep some power generation units closed during daytime while others are shut down at night. That’s why the extent of load shedding has increased”, he said. He said the Bangladesh's current load shedding situation will continue for some more days and things may improve from November. The state minister had earlier made an assurance that after September, power supply situation would improve and there will be no load shedding from the first week of October. Read As workweek starts, power supply situation in Dhaka worsens When attention was drawn to his previous statement, Nasrul Hamid said that recently the demand for gas from industries has increased that prompted the government to divert some supply to them from the power plants. Production in industries has increased after the pandemic, he said. The state minister also hinted that the situation in energy supply may persist for a longer period as the global situation is different again. He reiterated his call to people to be more patient regarding the power and gas supply in Bangladesh. Read Despite lower electricity demand on weekend, Dhaka residents suffer
Power supply situation in Dhaka city and elsewhere worsened today, as the workweek started after a three-day holiday. Officials of Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC) and Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (DESCO) said they have to go for more load shedding to deal with the increased demand in Dhaka city and nearby areas from this morning as offices and businesses opened. As a result, Dhaka and surrounding areas have to experience about 900 MW of power shortage, against a demand for about 2900 MW – triggering minimum 5-6 hour long load shedding throughout the day. Read: National grid failure: Power Division forms 7-member probe body During the holiday, there was 500-600 MW shortage against a demand for 2400 MW in Dhaka and adjoin areas, including Narayanganj and Tongi industrial hubs, he added. DPDC Managing Director Bikash Dewan said the areas under his company had 600 MW load shedding during daytime, since this morning. “We’re receiving 1150 MW against a demand for 1750 MW… the extent of load shedding may rise further with increasing demands due to hot weather,” he told UNB. Read: Power blackout triggers chaos in Dhaka petrol pumps Over the weekend and holiday, the load shedding was about 300 MW while demand was 1400 MW in DPDC areas. The DPDC chief executive admitted that consumers in some areas under DPDC have been experiencing power cuts for over 5 hours a day. “Other than conveying sincere regrets, we have nothing to do… We just supply what we receive,” he said. Read Nasrul seeks JICA’s help in modernising power-gas transmission, distribution in south-western region DPDC is responsible for power distribution to the central, west and southwest parts of Dhaka city and parts of Narayanganj. Most of the key point installations (KPIs), including official residences of the president and the prime minister, cantonments and most public hospitals are located in the DPDC areas. Managing director of DESCO, Md. Kausar Ameer Ali, shared similar experience in dealing with power supply situation in his areas. Read Saving electricity: Bangladesh Bank issues notice to close evening banking “In some cases, consumers in DESCO areas have to experience over 5 hours of load shedding throughout the day,” he said, adding that the extent of load shedding is higher today compared to the last three days of holiday. DPDC distributes power to the north and eastern parts of Dhaka city and Tongi industrial hub. Kausar noted DESCO has to go for 295 MW load shedding to manage a demand for 1065 MW of electricity. He also hinted that demand for power supply in Dhaka city may rise due to hot weather. Read Focus more on generating electricity from renewable sources: Nasrul Hamid
During the weekend on Friday and Saturday when consumers expect an uninterrupted power supply against a lower electricity demand they had no luck this time. Power cuts on Friday were like a usual working day when demand for electricity soars as offices and businesses operate. Official figures show, though the situation has improved to a certain level following the restoration of power supply across the country after a 7-hour national grid failure on October 4, still the power generation could not reach the previous level. Read Saving electricity: Bangladesh Bank issues notice to close evening banking According to officials, Dhaka city and adjoining areas experienced more than 500 MW of power shortages daily against a demand of 2500 MW on Friday and Saturday. Officials of both Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC) and Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (Desco), which distribute electricity to Dhaka city and surrounding areas admitted that the power supply situation have deteriorated in recent days and now they have to resort to load shedding for more than 3 hours a day. However, residents in both Desco and DPDC areas alleged that they have been experiencing power cuts for 3-6 hours a day. read Focus more on generating electricity from renewable sources: Nasrul Hamid " We have been experiencing more than 5 hours of load shedding on a number of occasions”, said Abdur Rahman Jahangir, a resident of Rampura area. Similar allegations are being received from the residents of other areas under both DPDC and Desco. DPDC is managing power supply with 300 MW of less electricity in the daytime and the outage level might go up further in the night, said Bikash Dewan, managing director of the company. Read Bangladesh to sign PPA with Indian companies to purchase 500 MW electricity from Nepal DPDC is responsible for power distribution to the central and west and south-west part of Dhaka city and parts of Narayanganj. “We’ve to struggle with the relatively lower supply from the BPDB for DPDC areas where most key point installations (KPIs) including official residences of the President and the Prime Minister, cantonments and most public hospitals are located”, he told UNB. DPDC received 1,100 MW at 7 am on Saturday against a demand of 1400 MW while the demand remains between 1650 and 1700 MW on a working day, he noted. The situation was almost similar on Friday as well. Read National grid failure: Power Division forms 7-member probe body Md. Kausar Ameer Ali, managing director of Desco, which distributes power to the north and east parts of Dhaka city and Tongi industrial hub, said that the distribution entity is receiving 750 MW of electricity against a demand for 932 with a load shedding of 182 MW. "In the evening, the extent of load shedding might increase in Desco areas”, he told UNB. A top official of the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), quoting official data, said that the country’s highest power generation was 12,889 MW on Friday against a relatively lower demand of 13,900 MW while load shedding was recorded to be 1011 MW. Read Power blackout triggers chaos in Dhaka petrol pumps According to him, who preferred not to be named, the highest demand forecast for Saturday is 13,600 MW while generation forecast is 12,435 MW and load shedding is expected to be 1,165 MW across the country. The country’s total power generation capacity is about 25,500 MW. But as part of austerity measures, the government kept all the diesel-fired plants closed while a good number of plants remained out of operation for a shortage in gas supply. The official also admitted that the official figures sometimes do not rightly reflect the actual deficit in power supply as the figure is made based on the generation amount recorded at the power stations’ end. Read National power grid failure: Blackout across Bangladesh “But when the electricity reaches consumers’ end, automatically 10-13 percent of electricity is lost in the system itself as there are their own consumptions by the power stations, substations and transmission systems”, he said. So, people usually get 10-13 percent less electricity than the figure shows, he said. Meanwhile, officials of the BPDB informed that the still Ghorashal power station was not able to resume generation in full swing. Read RMG factories bearing power outages of 4 to 10 hours a day: BGMEA President The power station is generating a total 210 MW against a capacity of 700 MW as still 6 generation units, out of total 7, could not come back into generation, he said adding, the situation will improve in Dhaka when the remaining 6 units, having about a capacity of 500 MW, could add to the generation.
Consumers in the areas under Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (Desco) and most of the areas under Dhaka Power Supply Company Limited (DPDC) will experience power cuts for three hours on Sunday. DPDC and Desco published the new schedule for load shedding on Sunday. The Desco areas include Uttara, Gulshan, Baridhara, Bashundhara, Banani, Badda, Uttara khan, Dakkhin Khan, Agagaon, Mirpur, Kafrul, Kalayanpur, Khilkhet, Pallabi, Rupnagar and Tongi. Read: Hamid looking to send load shedding back to museum by August-end However, consumers in some areas under DPDC will see power cuts for two hours. According to DPDC, load shedding may occur more or less depending on the situation. Power cuts will occur from 10am to 10pm in and around the capital under DPDC as per the government's decision to save electricity. But power cuts may occur in areas under Desco beyond this schedule, it said. The load shedding schedules can be found on the DPDC and Desco websites. They aim to help electricity users check their load shedding schedules to ascertain during which times the power will be off in their respective areas. On August 11, the government announced that the industries across the country will remain closed one day a week under a fresh area-based load shedding plan to minimise consumption of both natural gas and electricity. On July 20, it decided to reduce the use of electricity by 25 per cent at all its offices as part of its austerity measures. Daily one hour area-based load-shedding started across Bangladesh from July 19 in a bid to tackle the ongoing energy crisis.