Dhaka city alone consumes 46 percent of the electricity Bangladesh produces, while the remaining amount is consumed by the rest of the country.
Disclosing the data, State Minister for Power and Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said this is not only a difficult situation, but also a dangerous one.
“We’ve to generate power in northern and southern regions of the country and bring it to Dhaka spending huge money,” he told a webinar titled “Sustainable Development of Energy-Power Sector & Budget for FY 2021-22” on Saturday.
The virtual seminar, organised by Energy and Power magazine, was also addressed by economist Dr Ahsan H Mansur, eminent energy expert Dr M Tamim, Summit Group Chairman Mohammad Aziz Khan, former NBR Chairman Dr Mohammad Abdul Mazid, and former president of Dhaka Chamber Abul Kasem Khan.
Power Cell director general Mohammad Hossain presented the keynote paper at the seminar conducted by magazine editor Mollah Amzad Hossain.
Noting that no major infrastructure is being developed in other areas of the country, Nasrul Hamid said the industrial sector failed to consume as much electricity as expected.
Dismissing a claim made by economists that there is a big surplus in power production, he said now the country’s highest consumption is 15,000 MW of electricity while the actual demand is 17,000 MW and the generation is 24,000 MW-plus. “Some 7,000 MW is not a big surplus in power generation.”
Hamid said the technology in power generation is changing fast and the country may not require in the future to install any new power plant.