Rampal Power Plant goes back into production after 16 days 

Rampal thermal power plantUNB

The Rampal Coal-Fired Thermal Power Plant in Bagerhat resumed production on Monday after a 16-day closure caused by a coal shortage. Anwar-ul Azim, the Deputy General Manager (DGM) of Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company (Pvt. Ltd.) BIFPCL Limited, confirmed that the power plant recommenced production at 3:00 pm on Monday, UNB reports. 

"Since this afternoon, 400 MW of electricity generated has been added to the national grid. On 13 August, the Bangladeshi-flagged ship MV Bashundhara Impress arrived at Mongla port from Indonesia with 31,700 tonnes of coal. The work of unloading, transporting, and storing coal has been going on since morning," said the official. 

He also said two more ships carrying coal from Indonesia to Mongla port are scheduled to arrive at Mongla port later this month. 

The Rampal Thermal Power Plant has been shut down six times in the seven-and-a-half months since it was commissioned on 17 December last year. 

The power plant was first shut down on 14 January, followed by 15 April, 23 April, 30 June, 16 July, and 30 July.