CHATTOGRAM: Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited (KGDCL) has started getting an additional amount of 200 million cubic feet (mcf) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from the Floating Storage Re-gasification Unit in Moheshkhali since Monday.
With injection of the additional gas, the total quantity of supplied LNG stands at 300mcf in Chattogram while the KGDCL is also getting some 30 mcf gas from the national grid for the industries in Sitakunda belt, said sources in the KGDCL.The KGDCL receives over 300mcf gas after several years and the supply is expected to address the staggering gas crisis in Chattogram to a great extent, they said.
The sources said the KGDCL had been getting some 200 to 250mcf gas from the national grid against the demand of over 450mcf gas over the last few years.
With the supply of LNG, the long-drawn problems regarding low pressure and unavailability of gas in peak hours both in residence and industries have already been eased.
Besides, two power plants and a fertiliser factory, which had been lying idle due to lack of gas, resumed production with the gas.
On the other hand, KGDCL started providing connections to 1,350 new commercial and industrial subscribers after the supply of imported LNG started on August 18.
The gas connection affairs committee headed by Prime Minister’s Power, Energy and Mineral Resources advisor approved the new connections, said the KGDCL Managing Director (MD) Khaiz Ahmed Mozumder.He said the approval was given to increase targeting the supply of LNG and the KGDCL has started providing connections to the new commercial and industrial customers and extension to the old ones after getting the LNG supply last month.
The new connection seekers also include the heavy industries requiring some 500mcf gas and they would be provided with the gas supply after necessary equipments and pipelines are set up, said the MD.
Replying to a question regarding the new connection to residential subscribers, the MD said they are yet to get any directive for new connection to the residential subscribers.
MD Khaiz also said that they sent a proposal to the Petrobangla for allowing gas at the CNG-refuelling stations round-the-clock as there is sufficient gas in Chattogram now.
“We are waiting for directive in this connection,” he added.
The supply of the LNG will increase to 500mcf in November as works for separate lines to connect the fertiliser factories CUFL and Kafco, and Shikalbaha power plant from the Anwara CGS will be completed by the time, said MD Khaiz.
Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), Chattogram Chief Engineer Prabir Kumar Sen told the daily sun that generation at two power plants could be started following supply of the LNG.