Finally, the much waited Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is likely to hit the country. The very first shipment of LNG is likely to arrive on tomorrow. The ship carrying LNG will reach the Maheshkhali floating terminal of Cox’sbazaar on Tuesday.
According to the related sources, the imported LNG will be re-gasified and will be supplied to the existing pipeline from 10th or 12th May. Bangladesh has been waiting for a long time for this LNG import at a record price comparing to the cost of domestic natural gas.
LNG is the liquefied form of the natural gas and this form of the gas is highly portable. A ship carrying LNG will reach the floating LNG terminal of Maheshkhali where the liquefied and cold gas will be brought back to gas form at normal temperature. Thus, the gas will be supplied to the gas pipeline in the land.
Petrobangla chairman Abul Monsur Md. Faoyzullah said that, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the supply of LNG once the LNG carrier reaches Maheshkhali. The re-gasification process and other related processing would take 10-15 days prior it starts supplying natural gas to the pipeline. The LNG terminal would provide 50 crore cubic feet of gas each day, though the supply rate wouldn’t reach that high at the beginning.
The government is importing the LNG from Qatar. Every time a new ship will arrive carrying LNG before the previous ship finishes offloading. A pipe having a diameter of 30 inches will carry the gas from the terminal to Anwara point of Chittagong. The gas will be then supplied to the city through maintaining proper pressure at substations. Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited (KGDCL) will be distributing the gas to the port city of Chittagong.