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Dhaka Tuesday,  Jan 22, 2019

Industries To Get Gas Connections On Demand

Rafiqul Bashar

Entrepreneurs will get gas connections on demand. Industry owners and entrepreneurs won’t have to wait for long times any more after applying for new connections, especially in the Chittagong areas, claimed the related sources.

The government has become such generous in giving gas connections while they have just started importing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the country for the first time.

Earlier in the first week of March in this year, the government has made a policy level decision regarding giving gas connections to a number of 2 thousand industrial entities. At that time, the government also made another policy level decision which is extending this opportunity to all industrial entities gradually.

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said to Energybangla that, the use of LNG in industries would start very soon. LNG has been imported to facilitate the industries with gas connections which has become possible due to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visionary plan.

Sources from the Energy division informed that, a number of entrepreneurs have contacted the authority to initiate gas connections within the 2 days of LNG import. In return, the ministry has assured them about the connections.

Dr. Tawfique-e-Elahi Choudhury Bir Bikram, the advisor to the Prime Minister on Power, Energy and Mineral Resources led a committee which was earlier providing the gas connections to the industries. Providing gas connections to the industries got stopped in 2009 since then the committee only approved gas connections to some limited number of industries with special considerations.

Within the last couple of years, there have been at least 2.5 thousand of industrial units applied for gas connections. In last year, the government has provided gas connections to 250 industrial units after a long break of around 5 years. At that time, many have upgraded their approved gas limit and some have also initiated illegal connections.

The government is likely to supply the imported LNG in the gas grid and depending on the imported LNG the government is opening the gas connections to the industry sector.

There is a demand for 330 crore cubic feet of gas in the sector while the supply is only 270 crore cubic feet which are now to be mitigated by the imported LNG.

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