As people keep on suffering due to frequent load-shedding amid sultry weather, State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid yesterday said it will take two to three days more to get rid of the problem.
“We hope, the situation will improve within two or three days,” he said while taking to reporters at his ministry.
Blaming the strike by vessel workers that heavily disrupted fuel supply to power plants, the junior minister said it has also affected the gas production.
Admitting that there has been a fall in the country’s power generation by over 700 megawatt (MW), he said gas fields had to reduce gas production as huge condensates are being deposited for not being transported by vessels.
“When the condensates will be removed from the fields, the gas production will go up and it’ll finally help improve the power generation,” Nasrul said.
More than 3000 MW of electricity is produced by liquid fuel which is mostly used by the private sector in rental power plants while the remaining 5,000MW generation comes from gas-fired plants.
For the last couple of days since the start of the vessels strike, the power supply recorded a shortfall of 701MW against the demand for 7567MW.
Dhaka is experiencing 177MW of shortfall against the demand for 3000MW while Chittagong faced 85MW against demand for 860MW.
Among other regions, Khulna is facing 99 MW electricity shortfall against 890MW demand; Rajshahi 107MW against 825MW; Comilla 62MW against 675MW; Mymensingh 44MW against 442MW; Sylhet 51MW against 300MW; Barisal 20MW against 175MW and Rangpur 56MW against 400MW demand.
Nasrul Hamid said the worst victim of the power cut is the irrigation sector as this is their peak time for water supply.