Eid holidays: Barapukuria power plant unit goes into 5-day operation
Kabir Humayun: A unit of Barapukuria coal-fired power plant, shutdown for over a month due to fuel crisis, will go into operation for five days from today.
The unit having the capacity of generating 125MW of electricity will go into operation for the five days to meet the demands of power during this Eid-ul-Azha, said Abdul Hakim Sarkar, chief engineer of the plant.
Around 5,000 metric tonnes of coal (supplied by Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Ltd) is currently present at the plant’s stockyard and with this amount, it is possible to operate the plant for five days, he added.
After over a month, the plant will add more power to the national grid to meet the increasing demands of power in eight northern districts of Dinajpur and Rangpur regions during Eid holidays, the plant engineer said.
On July 22, the 525MW Barapukuria power plant was shut down due to disappearance of some 1.45 lakh tonnes of coal from Barapukuria coalmine.
An initial probe by the Petrobangla, the coalmine’s parent company, was formed to investigate the incident.