Gas crisis disables 13 state-run power plants
Staff Correspondent: Electricity generation from 13 public sector power plants having the combined capacity of 2,543 megawatts has declilned to only 916 MW due to gas crisis.
A shortage supply of the fossil fuel seriously has invaded the power sector severely, forcing the government to renew its deal with costly fuel-based rental and quick rental power plants.
Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) secretary Mina Masud Zaman officially informed the Power Division about the gas supply shortage to state-run power plants.
“As much as 7988 megawatts out of the country’s total installed electricity generation capacity of 12780MW come from gas-fired plants. Public sector plants generate 5048MW of the supply,” the BPDB secretary said in a letter.
The BPDB secretary also said that BPDB requires 1521mmcfd of gas for 59 public and private sector plants, adding, “13 state-owned plants received only 266mmcfd in September against the requirement of 588mmcfd.”
Another batch of gas-fired power plants is currently under construction, and those power plants having the combined capacity of 4102MW will need 855mmcfd of gas between 2016 and 2021, the official informed.
“It’s time to discontinue the inefficient plants to ensure smooth gas supply to baseload plants,” he added.