The National Energy Security Day-2017 will be observed today commemorating the historic decision taken by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 9 in 1975.
After independence Bangabandhu had undertaken various initiatives to develop the country’s energy sector and bought five gas fields from the then British Oil company ‘Shell Oil’ for the state at a nominal price. The government has been observing the day since 2010.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the eve of the day.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said the National Energy Security Day-2017 will help create awareness about rational use of gas on the aspects of increased energy demand in the country.
“Energy is the precondition for development. The greatest Bangalee of all times Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman realized that energy security is necessary for turning the country happiness and prosperous,” he said.
The President said that it is possible to build Bangladesh into an industrial based and developed country by using the main mineral resources natural gas properly and moderately, adding, “The government has undertaken various initiatives to ensure supplying primary energy to power, industry, all sectors along with the commercial sector by materializing the vision-2021.”
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon all to be more caring to ensure the best use of natural gas and prevent wastage of this resource by using the natural gas properly and moderately aimed at materializing vision 2021 and vision 2041.
She hoped that the observance of the National Energy Security Day-2017 would play an important role in creating public awareness in this regard.
The Prime Minister said the greatest Bangalee of all times Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had undertaken various initiatives to develop the country’s energy sector after independence and bought five gas fields from the then British Oil Company ‘Shell Oil’ for the state at a nominal price.
She said in January 2009 the daily production of natural gas was only 1,744 million cubic feet, which has now increased to 2,750 million cubic feet and so the country’s industrialization is moving fast.
“The present government has discovered gas fields at Sadullapur, Srikail and Roopganj. Besides, the Bibiyana gas field has been expanded and gas is being supplied on Bibiyana-Dhanua gas pipeline,” Sheikh Hasina said.
She said the government has undertaken initiative to fulfill the demand of gas crisis through importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) and 500 mmcfd gas to be added to the national grid by the floating LNG terminal (FSRU), adding, “The government has taken a plan to set up onshore and offshore LNG terminals on the basis of the gas demand in the country in 2041.”
Referring to the prospect of exploring energy from the bed of the Bay of Bengal, the Prime Minister said, the government has undertaken offshore oil-gas exploration programmes, adding, “We have set up ‘blue economy cell’ and undertaken an initiative to procure multirole offshore survey and research vessel.”