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Another coal shipment arrives for Payra power plant

Since it resumed production, five ships have brought 190,000 tons of coal so far for the Payra thermal power plant

Update : 11 Jul 2023, 07:15 PM

A mother vessel called MV Sagor Kanta has brought 37,133 tons of coal for the 1,320 MW Payra thermal power plant in Kalapara of Patuakhali, after leaving Indonesia's Balikpapan port a week ago.

The vessel reached the outer edge of Payra port late Monday afternoon and was brought to the port's inner anchorage on Tuesday morning. At present, the process of clearing coal through lighters is ongoing.

After unloading some coal, the vessel is scheduled to arrive at the thermal power plant jetty on Tuesday afternoon.

The Singapore flag carrier is 199.98 metres in length and 32.26 metres in width.

This is the fifth ship to bring coal from abroad after the resumption of production at the Payra thermal power plant, which was shut down for a few days due to a coal shortage.

Since the reopening, five ships have brought 190,000 tons of coal so far.

Azizur Rahman, deputy director of Payra port's traffic department, said: “Ships are coming to the port one after another. Fertilizer ships are scheduled to arrive at our port this month. MV Sagor Kanta came yesterday (Monday). The vessel was brought into the inner anchorage this morning.”

The 1,320MW Payra thermal power plant had to temporarily shut down on June 5. 

On June 22, another vessel, the MV Athena, arrived at the port carrying 41,207 tons of coal. 

The power plant resumed production on June 25.

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