The closing at Bangladesh’s third largest gas field is due to maintenance and will will take place from September 14-17.
During this time, gas production from Chevron’s Bibiyana gas field (the largest gas field of the country) and Moulavi Bazar gas field facilities will continue.
US energy giant Chevron is operating on these three fields under production sharing contract (PSC) with Petrobangla.
“For maintenance work, the Jalalabad gas field will be closed down from 12am September 14 to 8pm September 17,” Communications Manager of Chevron Bangladesh Shaikh Jahidur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Chevron usually conducts maintenance work in Bibiana, Jalalabad and Moulavi Bazar during government holidays such as Eid.
The lion’s share of Bangladesh’s gas production comes from these three fields. There maintenance work is conducted at one field at a time to maintain gas supply across the country.
Meanwhile, Paschimanchal Gas Company Limited (PGCL) will conduct maintenance work in its pipelines from September 15-20. A gas crisis might hit at areas like Sirajganj, Pabna, Bogra and Rajshahi due to the maintenance.
A press release from PGCL said that gas supply in different areas of those six districts will be closed down in a periodical manner so that residential and commercial customers do not face a crisis.
The release however said that under special arrangement, gas supply to the power plants will be continued.
On the other hand, gas supply in Ghatail cantonment, Gopalpur, Jamalpur, Sharishabari, Sherpur, Tarakandi and Kishoreganj will remain suspended from September 15-20 for pigging works of gas transmission lines, said a Titas Gas statement.
It also said gas supply to Tangail, Mirzapur, Elenga and Chandra may face disruption for the same reason.
The statement mentioned Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL) will carry out its cleaning works (on-stream cleaning pigging) in the 115km Ashuganj- Elenga gas transmission line from September 15-20.