5th June 2017
EP Report

The country experienced load-shedding of over 1000MW recently, with 400MW of the total in Dhaka alone.

Officials at state-owned Power Development Board (PDB) said the amount of electricity generated was 8,648MW against countrywide demand of 9700MW on the day, leading to a shortage of some 1052 MW.

The shortfall comes despite having installed generation capacity to meet the demand, as operation of a good number of power plants remains suspended for different reasons. The suspended plants could add some 3,331MW of electricity if they were put to work.

Of these, power plants having 2196 MW are undergoing maintenance while plants having production capacity of 939 MW are rendered useless due to gas shortage. Additionally the dwindling level of water in the Kaptai Lake decreased the hydropower plant’s generation there by 196 MW.

As a result, the people in the capital Dhaka and elsewhere had to experience frequent loadshedding.