Friday, 22 October, 2021

Bhola-Khulna gas pipeline on cards

Bhola-Khulna gas pipeline on cards

The government is contemplating installation of a 145-kilometre gas pipeline from Bhola to Barisal and Khulna to build a gas transmission system in the south and southwestern regions, a senior official said. 

“We will submit a project summary for prime minister’s approval to install the country’s one of the major gas pipelines connecting Barisal and Khulna with Bhola,” Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL) Managing Director Md Atiquzzaman said.

According to him, implementation of the project may require Tk 600 crore (6 billion).

Atiquzzaman said the government is targeting to supply 350-400mmcfd of gas to Barisal and Khulna through the 24-inch diameter gas pipeline.

The government is expecting production of 1.5 trillion cubic feet of gas from the gas reservoirs in Bhola.

An official at the Energy and Mineral Resources Division said they have already prepared a draft to get the premier’s approval within a day or two for the gas pipeline project.

State-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Limited (BAPEX) Managing Director Nowshad Islam told the daily sun that the company will drill more exploratory wells in Bhola north and south to extract most of the gas in the district.

Bapex has already confirmed Petrobangla that the second largest gas field in Bhola has a reserve of 600bct (billion cubic feet).

However, Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) Adviser Prof Shamsul Alam said Petrobangla should assess the gas reserve properly in order to keep its investment sustainable.

He alleged that the government’s initiatives in the area of oil and gas exploration are not people-friendly.

“Non-transparent data and unfair energy mix have been pushing up gas tariff instead of reducing it,” Prof Alam told the daily sun.

Energy expert Prof M Tamim advised mobilising energy-related data properly.

Natural gas production from the country’s five gas fields— Fenchuganj, Semutang, Sundalpur, Salda, Rupganj has started depleting, causing a supply shortfall from the distributors.

The five gas fields, having the production capacity to produce 47mmcfd gas daily, produce only 18.20mmcfd now, officials of Petrobangla and Bapex have said.