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Title: 4th unit of Ghorasal Plant Shut Down

Power crisis heightens

Staff Reporter - April 6, 2000

The shutdown of the fourth unit of Ghorasal Power Plant on Tuesday aggravated the power supply situation in the capital city.

The cause of shutdown has been attributed by the PDB engineers to technical fault. However, engineers hoped that it would resume production by Tuesday next.

The total generation of the PDB was 2500 MW on Wednesday and the loadshedding all over the country was 176 MW. But unofficial sources estimated it was nearly 200 MW in the capital city.

Country's power generation will be increased to 377 megawatt when six power units of Power Development Board resume production by May 15 this year.

The production of electricity of these units remained suspended for maintenance work, sources in the PDB said on Wednesday.

In addition, more 138 megawatt of electricity would be added to the present strength when 3 units of Fenchugonj power station and one unit of Khulna Barge Mounted Plant would resume production by the end of November this year after the completion of rehabilitation work.

An official source told the New Nation that PDB has been suffering from liquidity crisis to overhaul and rehabilitate its old power units as the Board has an outstanding amount to the tune of nearly Taka 2800 crore to DESA and REB till January this year.

Meanwhile, city dwellers have been experiencing erratic behaviour of power supply with the onset of summer season.

Sources said that following inadequate number of sub-stations and limitation of transmission lines, DESA has failed to supply all its power received from PDB. Consequently, consumers in the capital city have been experiencing loadshedding.


-- (, April 06, 2000

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