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Coal arrives for Payra power plant, production likely to resume Sunday

Four more coal-laden ships are expected to arrive at Payra port in the first week of July

Update : 23 Jun 2023, 08:13 PM

A ship carrying over 41,000 tons of coal from Indonesia arrived in Payra 18 days after the Payra thermal power plant had to halt power generation due to a coal shortage.

The Marshall Islands flag carrier, MV Athena, the vessel that brought the first coal shipment since the closure of the plant, anchored in the inner channel of Payra port at 3am on Friday, port official Ajijur Rahman told Dhaka Tribune.

Unloading will take another two-three days, and as such, the country's largest power plant is likely to restart production on Sunday.

The first unit of the plant will resume power generation initially, Supervising Engineer Shah Abdul Hasib said.

Four more coal-laden ships will arrive at the port in the first week of July, UNB quoted plant officials as saying.

The plant is capable of generating 1,244MW of electricity, which is 10% of the country's total average production.

It was completely shut down on June 5 due to a fuel shortage.

Because of failure to pay outstanding bills amounting to $390 million caused by a dollar shortage, production of a unit of the power plant was halted on May 25 as the companies involved stopped supplying coal.

Another unit's production continued until June 5, which was also shut down due to the coal shortage. 

Shah Abdul Hasib, superintending engineer (operations) at the plant, said the opening of LCs was delayed due to the dollar crisis.

Outstanding bills worth “$100 million have already been cleared through the World Bank,” he said.

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