total of 350 industries is about to get gas connections soon. Industries of Dhaka and its nearest areas will get their desired gas connections in the next year, as the government wishes to reintroduce new gas connections to industrial units after a long time.
Energy Secretary Nazimuddin Chowdhury has informed about the news of reintroducing new gas connections while he was addressing in a seminar held on today at the Habibur Rahman Auditorium of Petrobangla office. The seminar was organized in the wake of National Energy Security Day-2017 which has been observing throughout the day.
Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, BB, the advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on Energy, Power and Mineral Resources presided over the seminar. Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) chairman Monwar Islam, Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) chairman Abu Hena Md. Rahmatul Munim and Petrobangla chairman Abul Mansur Md. Fayzullah addressed at the seminar. Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL) manager Anwarul Azim and Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Dr. Maniruzzaman have presented two separate articles on ‘LNG’ and ‘gas pipeline’ respectively at the seminar.
Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said that, the government has taken many necessary measures to ensure the country’s energy security. The government is trying to find out more sources of gas within the country’s territory and also trying to import from abroad to meet the country’s current demand for gas, he said. He added that, the government has emphasized on exploration for gas in both offshore and shore areas. Import of fuel oil is increased and Eastern Refinery is made more strong which will help to reduce the import of refined oil, he remarked.
Energy Secretary Nazimuddin Chowdhury said that, the government has recommended initiating gas connections to 350 industries in Chittagong, which will likely to take effect in early 2018. The deficit that will be created in gas supply for these new gas connections will be mitigated by the imported LNG, he added. Tanneries of Savar area got gas connections, he said. The scarcity of gas is halting the growth of the country’s economy, which would be solved after one year after the LNG import. Measures are taken to enhance the capacity of the state-run BAPEX and new vessels will be bought to conduct survey in the coastal areas, he informed.
He further said that, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman realized the necessity of the country’s energy security which led him to buy and nationalize 5 of the gas fields from the then British Oil company ‘Shell Oil’ with a nominal price on this day in 1975. Sheikh Hasina is now also willing to buy three of the major gas fields like Bangabandhu.
One of the articles says that, three new pipelines are about to be installed to transport fuel oil from the port city of Chittagong to other parts of the country, which will reduce the cost.
Another article says that, short, medium and long term deals are signed to import LNG. Bangladesh is going to bind with Qatar for a long term to import LNG while more deals are likely to be signed with Oman, Indonesia and Switzerland.