A new era in the LPG industry is going to be launched in Bangladesh with the uses of LPG to manufacture ceramic bricks.
Bashundhara LP Gas Limited (BLPGL), the LPG market leader and one of the pioneers of the LPG industry in Bangladesh, has taken the new challenge to supply LPG to the brick-manufacturing industry.The new move will be materialised to produce ceramic bricks in a new, efficient, and environmentally friendly way by using LPG to replace coal.
World LPG Association (WLPGA) in a report mentioned that BLPGL has invested in many diversified sectors to create new opportunities for the LPG industry.
With BLPGL’s pioneering outlook, and significant logistics capacity, they have taken on the challenge to extend their business support to Makrail Ceramics Ltd. (MCL) who were searching for a clean fuel for their factories, the report added.
According WLPGA, BLPGL and MCL signed an exclusive fifteen-year agreement in early 2021, whereby BLPGL will provide LPG fuel support and full technical assistance related to LPG.
MCL have agreed to produce up to 120,000 ceramic bricks daily using LPG. They produce various types of bricks such as ceramics bricks for construction, and solid and hollow bricks, and cladding (facing tiles, roof tiles, pavers and specialty applications).
Before this agreement, MCL used to produce ceramic bricks with coal, but after understanding the effects of burning coal on the environment, together with an unreliable supply of coal, they decided to move away from coal and started searching for a clean fuel for their production.Engineer Jakaria Jalal, Head of Sales of BLPGL, said the project is just the beginning and the company will always be ready to create new opportunities for the industry.
He also thinks that this action is just another footprint from BLPGL to create a better environment for the population of Bangladesh and that BLPGL will work continuously for further improvements.
Syed Sadaf Zafar, Managing Director of MCL, said large industries are damaging the environment every day, and all should be seeking an exceptional green solution.
“BLPGL has since become a part of this journey with the aim to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development (SDG) Goal 11 by 2030. BLPGL recognises the potential for LPG in this market sector, and has taken the challenge and invested in a complete LPG solution at the MCL premises.”
BLPGL are installing a bulk LPG storage facility at each MCL factory and will supply the LPG through a fleet of bulk LPG road tankers.
Bashundhara LP Gas Limited was launched in 1999, what was then the first private LPG importing, cylinder filling and marketing company in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is the fourth largest brick producer in the world, and fired ceramic bricks are one of the most important construction materials in Bangladesh.
In 2019, the country had more than 7,200 coal-fired brick kilns, producing about 32.4 billion bricks annually, compared to 23 billion bricks in 2017.
The Bangladesh brick industry consumes 5.68 million MT of coal annually, generating CO2 emissions of 15.67 million MT.