Coal crisis may shut Barapukuria power plant anytime

Our Correspondent . Dinajpur | Updated at 11:59pm on July 22, 2018

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Barapukuria coal-fired power plant

Authorities may shut the 525MW Barapukuria coal-fired power plant anytime for coal shortage amid strong allegation that nearly 1.42 lakh tonne coals had disappeared from the yard of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company, said the plant’s chief engineer Abdul Hakim.
Since June 16, two units of the plant, each with the capacity of generating 125MW of electricity, kept shut due to shortage of coal, reducing the plant’s power generation capacity to only 150MW.
BCMCL sources on Friday said there were less than 7000 tonnes of coal on the coal yard. They also said that the authorities could not trace 1.42 lakh tonnes of coal, they said.
Allegation was there that the BCMCL authority was misguiding Bangladesh Power Development Board about the coal stock for days.
It was revealed on last Monday that the coal yard did not have enough stock of coal.
With the coal missing incidence, Petrobangla — which runs BCMCL, removed Habib Uddin Ahmed and Abul Kashem Prodhaniya from the posts of managing director (administration and secretariat) and secretary of the BCMCL while suspended general manager (mine operation) Nuruzzaman Chowdhury and deputy general manager Khademul Islam.
On Thursday night, Ayub Khan Chowdhury was made managing director of BCMCL as additional duty.
Petrobangla also formed a three-member body led by its director (operation) Kamruzzaman to investigate the incident.
New Age failed to contact Petrobangla chairman Abul Mansur Md Faizullah as he neither took phone calls nor replied to text messages on Sunday.