Jessore, Noapara: The 105 MW power plant of Quantum Power System Ltd at Noapara in Jessore industrial town is on the verge of closure, mainly due to furnace oil crisis.
Over the last one year, the plant has added only 6MW power to the national grid daily.
But the authorities claimed per day production 10-12 MW.
Although they refer to the crisis of furnace oil as the reason, old machinery and equipment are also responsible for the shortfall in the plant’s electricity production.
There are allegations that the authorities are playing hide and seek with facts and figures of the electricity production to cover up their failure.
As a result, they are failing to resolve the load shading crisis too.
And because of frequent power cuts, many of the mills and factories in the industrial area are about to shut their production.
Otobi Ltd. set up Quantum Power System Ltd at Taltola in Noapara in 2010 with a production capacity of 105mw.
But it failed to fulfill the production target for being operated with old equipment and machinery.
The plant has so far supplied highest 35MW to 40 MW power daily to the national grid.
In the last one year, its production has come down to 6-7MW.
It is feared that the power plant might be closed down at any time.
In the last one year, incidents like mysterious theft and fire also took place at the plant.
Manager of Otobi Ltd. Kabir Ahmed said for lack of supply of furnace oil, nine engines of the plant went out of order.
Only one engine is now operative.
He said although the plant was targeted for producing 105 MW power, it now produces 10-15MW daily.
On the other hand, United Group’s 40 MW Khaja Khanjahan Ali Power Plant becomes closed frequently.
This power plant started production on May 12, 2011 and supplied electricity to the national grid.
Oil consumption in the plant per 24 ours is 200 to 250 tonnes.
On this basis, 2500 tonnes of furnace oil are kept reserved for every 10 days.
This is far less than the requirement.
Jessore Palli Biduit Samity-2 zonal office deputy managing director Shajahan Kabir said the electricity demand in the peak hours in Noapara and Narail is 43MW but they are getting only 25MW.
Sources at the upazila Department of Agriculture Extension said during the current season, Aman cultivation was targeted at about 8,000 hectares of land.
Due to shortage of electricity, not only production of paddy is being hampered, but the mills and factories are also facing difficulties in their operation.
Noapara Market Owners Association general secretary Jahangir Alam said due to frequent load shading, industrial units here cannot continue production smoothly.
Consequently, the cost of production is increasing.