PGCB probe fails to find the exact cause even after 11 days

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The Investigation Board formed by the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) failed to find a definite reason for the recent outage of the national grid despite 11 days having passed since the incident.

PGCB Director General Golam Kibria told the Dhaka Tribune that the investigation report was due on Sunday and the investigation committee received several reminders but did not complete the report due to reasons. not specified.

He added that the committee would submit the report in the coming days.

State Minister for Electricity, Energy and Mineral Resources Nazrul Hamid had said on Friday that action would be taken on the lack of awareness of PGCB regarding the power outage. Asked about the Minister of State’s comment, the PGCB chief executive said: ‘Since the Minister of State said that, I have nothing more to say about it.’

Members of the inquiry committee, including the head of the committee and the executive director of the PGCB, Yakub Elahi Chowdhury, could not be reached for comment by telephone despite several attempts.

During a discussion of the ongoing load shedding and gas crisis on Deutsche Welle on Friday evening, Minister of State for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the grid outage would not was not the result of a technical failure but was caused by mismanagement on the part of the PGCB.

“The demand for electricity was higher than the day’s production. The office warned the relevant authorities to cut off the power or the system would fail, but they continued, and the result was the blackout. I identified several people who did not heed the warnings; we will fire them and act in [Sunday],” he said.

Regarding his previous statement that there would be no power shortage in October, Nasrul Hamid said that there would have been no power problems during the month had it not been for the damage to the transmission line caused by network failure.

On October 4, there was an almost complete nationwide blackout when the national grid went down. After about seven hours, the power supply resumed. The PGCB formed a 6-member Investigation Committee under Executive Director Yakub Elahi Chowdhury on the same day.

Committee members visited power stations in Ghorashal, Ashuganj and Sirajganj on October 5.

Yakub Elahi Chowdhury said that upon inspection it was found that the outage originated in the direction of Ghorasal, Ashuganj and Sirajganj and there were overload trips from these areas which would be analysed.

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