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Loadshedding hits 1000MW amid severe heat

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Published: 21:51, 22 April 2024

Loadshedding hits 1000MW amid severe heat

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The country experienced about 1000 MW of load shedding in electricity supply on Monday (22 April) against soaring demand. According to the National Load Dispatch Centre (NLDC) at the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB), the country’s demand was recorded at 15,220 MW at 3 pm on Monday, when the load shedding was 996 MW.

On the other hand, the demand forecast for Monday evening was 15,666 MW and the supply forecast was 16,200 MW.

According to official sources, the maximum burden of the load-shedding was diverted to rural areas, as part of a policy to avert power outages in the capital Dhaka and other large cities. Reports from different areas said the extent of load shedding is aggravating the plight of the rural people amid the sweltering heat this summer.

Meanwhile, state-owned Petrobangla’s official data shows that the country’s gas production was 3,046 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD) against a demand for 3,760 MW.

It shows that a good number of power plants, specifically those using gas as their primary fuel, remained off generation due to gas shortage.

The power plants received a supply of 1349.9 MMCFD gas against their demand for 2316.9 MMCFD, the data shows.