Bangladesh's power situation may continue to deteriorate for another two weeks as local power plants face a shortage of fuel due to increased electricity consumption driven by rising temperatures, according to the country's Minister of Power on June 4.
Since April, scorching weather has led to a surge in electricity demand, exacerbating Bangladesh's ongoing power crisis, which has been further compounded by a severe disruption in natural gas supply caused by a powerful cyclone.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) serves as the primary fuel for power generation in Bangladesh. However, following historically high natural gas prices in the second half of 2022, the country has reduced its LNG imports.
"The fuel shortage issue has become more severe due to the inability to ensure an adequate supply of coal and natural gas," said Nasrul Hamid, Bangladesh's Minister of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources. "As a result, the power outage situation may persist for another two weeks."
Hamid added that over the past two months, officials in the power sector have been working to avert fuel shortages, but the surge in electricity consumption has made the task even more challenging.
A senior official from Bangladesh's Ministry of Power stated that due to an anticipated fuel supply shortage in the coming days, a major coal-fired power plant in the country will be shut down starting from June 6, potentially exacerbating the power shortage.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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