Bangladesh diesel generator
Bangladesh generators
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Home to over 162 million people, Bangladesh has an increasing demand for reliable energy. Whilst 88% of the population are estimated to have access to electricity, the country’s sporadic supply of power results in regular outages and failures. As a result, businesses and residential homes in Bangladesh are regularly without power for hours or days at a time.

How is energy produced in Bangladesh?

Bangladesh relies mainly on electricity as its main power source, although the country does have some facilities for alternative energies. In order to produce this electricity, however, the country relies predominantly on natural gas. With almost 63% of the nation’s electricity supplies being generated via the use of natural gas, much of the power production in the region is dependent on the supplies of gas.

Whilst only 3.3% of Bangladesh’s electricity is generated via renewable sources, the country derives 10% of its electricity from diesel, 3% from heavy oil and 5% from coal. With such a heavy reliance on fossil fuels, Bangladesh has yet to fully embrace the potential of using electricity generated from renewable sources and remains focused on sourcing enough gas reserves to meet the country’s demands for electricity.

How frequent are power cuts?

Bangladesh power cuts are not uncommon. In fact, they are a daily occurrence in multiple areas in the country. Affecting both domestic and commercial users, rural areas in Bangladesh suffered an average of 12 power cuts a day during the warmer months in 2018, with three to five power cuts occurring in larger towns and cities.

Whilst any loss of power can be frustrating and irritating, the power cuts in Bangladesh tend to be far more disruptive. They regularly last for 30-40 mins each, meaning that households in cities can be without power for an average of 1.5-2 hours per day, whilst residents in rural areas of the country may be without electricity for around six hours per day. 

In some cases, the power outages can last far longer and day-to-day life can be severely affected as a result. It’s not unusual for Bangladesh power cuts to last for hours or days at a time, which has a detrimental effect on all members of society. Without power, businesses cannot operate, schools cannot educate their students and homeowners cannot use basic appliances. Furthermore, a regular loss of electricity means communication and transport are routinely affected, resulting in additional delays and disruptions.

Why are there so many power cuts in Bangladesh?

Power cuts are so frequent in Bangladesh for a variety of reasons. Increasing demand for electricity, limited resources and budgetary considerations are commonly cited as the main reasons behind the ever-increasing Bangladesh power cuts, but there are other factors at play too. In order to determine why there are many power cuts in Bangladesh, and what can be done to resolve the issue, it’s necessary to examine the causes in a little more detail. 

Increasing demand

Bangladesh is the eighth-most populous country in the world, and its population density continues to increase. As the population grows, the demand on the energy sector increases too. Whilst Bangladesh’s Power Development Board has increased its output in recent years, the country simply hasn’t been able to meet the demand for electricity. 

In addition to being highly populated, Bangladesh also has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the country will experience 7.3% this year, with the Asian Development Bank predicting that the country’s economy will grow by 8% during 2019-2020. 

For Bangladesh, this continued economic growth is a step closer to its aim of becoming a middle-income country by 2021. However, the country’s natural gas needs to satisfy industrial demand and power supplies, which means there is a constant balancing act between the two competing demands.

With Bangladesh keen to meet its expected economic growth targets, a significant proportion of the country’s gas reserves must go towards industrial needs, but this creates a further deficit in the amount which can be used for energy production.

As a result, Bangladesh’s already limited electricity outputs are further reduced due to its growing economy. With demand for electricity continually increasing, it seems the gap between supply and demand will only continue to grow.

Reliance on diesel

Bangladesh power cuts may also be due, in part, to the country’s reliance on diesel to generate electricity. Although only 10% of the country’s electricity is produced using diesel, it takes up a considerable amount of their budget. 

When purchasing electricity from diesel-based power plants, the Bangladesh Power Development Board are forced to pay upwards of Tk 20 per unit, compared to a price of around Tk 6.15 per unit for electricity generated from gas-based plants. This means that electricity sourced from diesel is costing the Bangladesh Power Development approximately three times more than electricity sourced from natural gas.

Whilst the country has relied on diesel-based plants to supplement its electricity production, the increased cost associated with this type of generation is having a considerable impact on financial reserves, thus ensuring the country cannot meet the needs of its population in terms of energy production.

Planned power cuts

Although many of the Bangladesh power cuts are unexpected and unanticipated, there are also planned power cuts. These scheduled outages occur because the system cannot cope with the load that’s being generated. Known as ‘load shedding’, this practice was thought to be coming to an end, but many people believe the government will continue to schedule outages for load shedding purposes and to reduce the cost of producing energy.

However, in 2018 alone, it was estimated that power outages in Bangladesh resulted in a significant economic loss and reduced GDP growth by approximately 0.5%. 

Poor distribution

Whilst Bangladesh may not be able to produce enough electricity to meet demand, it also wastes a considerable amount of the power that is produced. Inefficient distribution systems routinely cause around a third of electricity to be wasted, meaning that the funds used to generate this electricity are also going to waste. Improved infrastructure could minimise this waste and provide end-users with more reliable electricity, but this would require a large investment and extensive work. 

Lack of focus on renewable energy 

Despite the on-going electricity production problems, Bangladesh has yet to make the most of renewable energies. Instead of developing effective and reliable electricity generation systems using renewable energies, the country has focused primarily on sharing natural gas reserves between industries and power supplies, as well as supplementing production using diesel.

If the country’s Power Development Board were to invest in renewable energies and explore the possibility of increasing electricity production via an alternative source, it is possible that the country’s electricity production would increase, and potentially meet the demands for power and industry. 

How can power cuts be reduced in Bangladesh?

To deliver a consistent and reliable electricity supply throughout the country, Bangladesh will need to increase its production considerably, and provide more effective distribution methods. Whether better deals can be obtained from diesel-based plants or whether the country brings in new renewable energy production methods, the amount of electricity produced must increase in order to meet growing demand. 

For consumers, households and business owners, however, there may be a more straightforward way to of resolving their energy issues. With businesses and consumers already being greatly affected by the regular Bangladesh power cuts, there simply isn’t time to wait for countrywide changes to be enacted.

By introducing Banglash generators, however, households and companies can have their own source of back-up power to rely on. When a local area is affected by a power outage, generators can be used to provide electricity until the main grid is back up and running. By ensuring that households and businesses have access to continuous electricity, gensets in Banglash can minimise the catastrophic financial and practice impact of regular power cuts. 

With Bangladesh generators in place, companies, homes, hospitals and schools could have days of electricity available, so an unforeseen power cut will no longer be able to have such a detrimental impact on society. 

Furthermore, when corporations, public bodies and consumers have access to their own back-up generators, electricity producers will no longer have the upper hand when it comes to price negotiations. Currently, diesel-based plants are effectively able to ‘name their price’, due to the Power Development Board’s need to supplement electricity outputs. If back-up generators were used throughout the country, however, this would leave people less vulnerable to power outages, and potentially give the Power Development Board more negotiating power. In turn, the cost of producing electricity on the grid could be reduced, thus enabling the Power Development Board to fund additional production. 

Whilst Bangladesh has increased its power production in recent years, there are still significant issues regarding the country’s electricity production and infrastructure. By using back-up generators, however, residents in both rural and urban areas can minimise the impact of regular outages and ensure they have a reliable and consistent source of electricity at all times.

Diesel Generator Direct is proud to have supplied home generators and businesses generators in Bangladesh for over 25 years now, we have supplied silent generators, open generators, power generators, industrial generator and home generators from 10kVA all the way upto 1500 kVA Generators, we have supplied Cummins generators, Pramac generators and Perkins generators, if you are looking for a reliable power supply for backup or prime application, then Diesel Generator Direct can assist you in finding the perfect diesel or gas generator solution we stock from 1kva all the way up to 3000 kva generator.

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