Power supply will improve further in next month: Nasrul

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Dhaka, Aug 27: The situation of power supply has gradually improved in the current month and it will improve further in the next month, said state minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid.

“The power supply situation will improve further in the next month and the energy sector will continue to do better,” he said on Saturday while speaking virtually at a discussion organised by Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) marking the National Mourning Day.

The entire country experienced power outage for 16-18 hours daily before 2009, he said, adding: “The Russia-Ukraine war made the global economic situation vulnerable and created huge uncertainty in the global energy market.”

BPDB Chairman Mahbubur Rahman chaired the meeting, which was also addressed, among others, by former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and Power Secretary Habibur Rahman.

He requested all to be more patient and said Bangladesh will become a prosperous country under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

For improving the power situation, the Premier implemented a number of programmes to reach electricity to every house in Bangladesh, he added.

Nasrul said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman considered the power sector as one of the important sectors for achieving economic emancipation.

For this reason, Bangabandhu purchased five gas fields from Shell Oil Company which now meet 40 per cent of the country’s total gas demand.