The pipeline that carries Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) gas in Chittagong is found defective once again which interrupted the supply of imported gas to the grid.
The absence of supply of the imported gas has caused a gas crisis in the Chittagong region. This gas crisis has forced a few gas-fired power plants in the Chittagong area to stay closed.
Sources from Petrobangla informed that, the supply of LNG stopped in Saturday night after the authority had detected defects in the supply pipeline. However, the time needed to get it in order again is uncertain as the authority couldn’t find the exact location of the defect yet, said the sources.
Since the beginning of the LNG import, around 37 to 38 crore cubic feet of gas was supplied to Chittagong on a daily basis which is now dropped to only 20 crore cubic feet per day.
The absence of imported gas has created a gas crisis in households and industries. The production in several types of industries is hampered due to low pressure in the pipeline.
Due to the crisis, the authority stopped supplying gas to a few gas-based power plants in Chittagong since Sunday morning. A unit of Rauzan and two units of Shikalbaha power plants used to get the imported LNG since the beginning of the import. Amid this crisis, all these three units have stopped operating. These 3 units have an installed capacity of generating 550 megawatts of electricity combined.
However, gas supply is still on in CUFL and KAFCO fertilizers. According to the sources from Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), 552 MW of electricity was generated in Chittagong on Sunday which was significantly less than the daily demand of the Chittagong region. As a result, the city faced load sheddings throughout the day.