Power crisis and cuts: When will balance be achieved?

Power crisis and cuts: When will balance be achieved?

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Energy expert M Shamsul Alam said the actual amount of load shedding is much higher. Evidence of additional load shedding has also been found in the records of power distribution agencies delivering electricity to customers.

The largest power distribution company, Rural Electrification Board (REB), carried out load shedding of 3,483 MW this Monday alone. Against their total demand of 9,480 MW, only 5,997 MW was supplied to them. This means that REB sectors are running with 37 per cent losses. At some places load shedding is happening for three to five hours.

Prothom Alo reports that Mymensingh has the highest rate of load shedding. Next in line are the districts adjacent to Dhaka along with Chattogram, Rangpur, Cumilla, Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barishal areas.

PDB member (generation) Khandakar Mokamel Hussain also admitted that the generation from oil-based power plants is not up to the targeted level. In such a situation, the government will have to increase the supply of fuel oil.

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