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Titas’ consumers bracing for gas outage, low pressure amid high Eid demand

  • Published at 05:25 pm July 30th, 2020
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File photo of a gas burner Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Jalalabad gas field and Bibiyana gas field will be out of commission for maintenance work

Despite the demand for gas during Eid-ul-Azha going up, people in Dhaka and Mymensingh divisions will suffer gas supply disruption or low pressure of gas for four days.

In a Facebook post, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd (TGTDCL) on Thursday announced that the situation would prevail between Thursday and Monday.

The development comes at a time when Bangladesh is all set to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha on Saturday, the peak time of gas consumption by domestic users. 

Chevron Bangladesh, a subsidiary of the American multinational energy corporation Chevron, will shut the Jalalabad gas field on Thursday and Friday for maintenance, the post reads.

Also, it would do the same with the Bibiyana gas field from 12am on August 2 to 2pm on August 3. 

When contacted, TGTDCL Director (Operations) Rana Akbar Haidari said the gas supply would become normal again by August 2. 

Natural gas output from Chevron-operated three onshore fields - Bibiyana, Jalalabad, and Moulavi Bazar - is around 1,550 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd), which is around 60% of the total gas produced from local gas fields.

But the two gas fields, which would be shut, contributes around 1,535 mmcfd gas to the TGTDCL network.

Gas outages and low pressure are two major problems Dhaka dwellers face often, with the crisis worsening every winter and also at times during rainy season.

Consumers also face problems due to the installation and replacement of gas pipelines on a regular basis, mainly because of the slack coordination between utility agencies and development projects.

The TGTDCL is already facing a shortfall of at least 300mmcfd gas against a demand of around 2,200mmcfd. In the Dhaka metropolitan area alone, the demand is nearly 1,700mmcfd.

With 2,865,907 consumers, including 45 power plants, three fertilizer factories, 1,680 captive power producers, and 5,279 industrial units, the TGTDCL supplies gas under seven categories to the Dhaka and Mymensingh divisions.

Titas' household consumer number is 2,846,419 currently, with the number of commercial and CNG users standing at 12,075 and 394 respectively.

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