Bapex, the state-owned petroleum exploration company has found 700 bcf of gas at Shabajpur of Bhola. This information was revealed by the energy division in a cabinet meeting that held on today.
The cabinet meeting held at the prime minister’s office situated at Tejgaon which was presided over by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Cabinet secretary informed about the discovery to the media after that meeting.
Bapex discovered this field at a three km distant place (east) from the current Shahbajpur gas field site in Bhola. The gas was found at a depth of 3.5 beneath the ground and it was confirmed at the morning.
Earlier on 2016, the existence of huge gas reserves beneath the ground of Bhola was hinted by a 3D survey. The then study suggested of the proximity of gas reserves in around a 600 square km area of the Shabajpur gas field.
The US-based Unocal conducted a study and suggested that, there would be a 2 tcf gas reserve at the Shahbajpur site. They offered the government to produce the gas and distribute it to the adjacent Barisal, Khulna, Jessore area. However, the plan was not approved and no real progress was done since then.
The gas field of Shahbajpur is situated in the Bengal basin area. The newly discovered gas reserve is found at a ground structure named ‘stratigraphic structure’ in the terms of geology. Rest of the gas fields of the country were found at the Surma basin, which is an ‘anticline structure’.
The very first 2D surveys were done in Bhola in 1986-87 to find gas reserves, which ensured gas reserves at Shahbajpur site. The first exploratory well was drilled in 1994 and 3 more were also drilled since then. These wells currently supply gas to run two power plants (225MW and 35 MW) in Bhola and residential, industrial consumers.