Money-strapped Bangladesh shuts energy plant amid sweltering heatwave

Bangladesh authorities has utterly shut off the most important energy plant within the nation because it was unable to afford the coal to gasoline it amid surging energy demand as a consequence of sweltering heatwave.

The 1,320-megawatt government-run Payra Energy Plant had already stopped manufacturing in its first unit on Could 25 as a consequence of gasoline shortages, information company AFP reported.

“Because of the coal scarcity, the plant got here to a whole shutdown at 12.15 pm at present” the company reported quoting Shah Abdul Mawla, supervisor on the energy plant. Mawla added the manufacturing could possibly be restored inside three weeks when coal shipments arrive.

In the meantime, Minister for Energy Nasrul Hamid, expressed hope that the plant would quickly be capable to resume operations. “We will not present coal, fuel and gasoline sufficiently,” the facility minister stated, blaming ‘financial components’ embody securing letters of credit score.

The minister stated “We’ve got made some vital progress in importing coal. Hopefully, Payra will be capable to resume energy provide from 25 June.” 

In current previous weeks, Bangladesh has confronted nationwide blackouts of as much as 5 hours a day amid surge in energy demand as a consequence of heatwave sweeping throughout the nation.

The nation recorded a temperature of 41.1 levels Celsius on Monday. The federal government has closed major colleges throughout the nation till Thursday in a bid to fight the heatwave.

ABM Badruddoza Khan, spokesperson of Energy Grid Firm of Bangladesh, stated the nation had skilled a “2,500 MW scarcity of electrical energy within the nationwide grid”,  in comparison with 2,200 MW a day earlier, with every day demand round 16,000 MW.

The shutdown is prone to intensify the facility scarcity within the nationwide grid till the resumption because the plant used to inject round 1200MW of electrical energy per day.

Bangladesh is struggling in opposition to a depreciating forex, with international change reserves slumping from $46 billion in January final yr to $30 billion on the finish of April this yr.

 

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Up to date: 08 Jun 2023, 01:55 AM IST