Power division secretary Ahmad Kaikaus on Saturday said enough coal stock would be ensured so that Barapukuria thermal power plant could be run partially for uninterrupted power supply to the eight districts of Rangpur division during week-long Eid holidays.
He said that daily 100 tonnes of coal extraction from Barapukuria coal mine would resume within next 10 days.
While citing that power consumers in the Rangpur division, although, were suffering low voltage due to total shut down of the thermal plant since last Sunday, he said the situation would become normal in the beginning of September.
Barapukuria thermal power plant authority closed power generation due to shortage of coal as they found 1.44 lakh tonnes of coal worth around Tk 230 crore went missing from the coal mine yard at Parbatipur, Dinajpur.
A coal theft case was filed with the Parbatipur police station accusing 19 coal mine officials while Anti-Corruption Commission launched an investigation on the incident.
Earlier, Kaikaus chaired a workshop on finalisation of draft power sector training policy and an inauguration of net metering guidelines at Biddut Bhaban in the capital.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s energy adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury and state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid were present as guests.
Nasrul Hamid said power sector employees should make themselves more efficient to lead a robust power industry in future as huge amount of investments would be there in the next five years.
Tawfiq said training programmes should focus on troubleshooting with innovative ways.
While addressing the inauguration of net metering guideline, Tawfiq said popularisation of net metering in solar system was crucial as it was profitable for industries.
Chiefs of the power generation, transmission and distribution utilities, among other power sector officials, were present.
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