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Operation of 6 fertiliser factories put on hold to save power for T20 WC

Update : 12 Mar 2014, 07:34 PM

The Petrobangla has decided to halt operation in six fertiliser factories out of seven except for Jamuna Fertilizer Company Limited from tomorrow until further notice.

The decision was taken to increase gas supply to power plants to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply for the upcoming T-20 Cricket World Cup and ongoing Boro-irrigation.

Petrobangla will suspend gas supply to Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company Limited (KAFCO), Asuganj Fertiliser and Chemical Company Limited, Urea Fertiliser Factory Limited, Polash Urea Fertiliser Factory Limited, Natural Gas Fertiliser Factory Limited and Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Limited.

“We have no alternative but to shut down the fertiliser factories for a certain period of time to ensure supply of gas to power plants,” Petrobangla Chairman Hossain Monsur said.

He said the decision was taken on the instruction of Prime Minister’s Adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury and State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid.

“We will be able to supply an additional 200mmcfd (million cubic feet per day) of gas after halting operation in those six factories,” he said.

KAFCO Corporate Planning Wing’s Deputy General Manager Kamal Uddin said if gas supply was suspended the company would count a daily loss in Tk5 crore.

The T-20 World Cup Cricket will be held in Bangladesh from March 16 to April 6. The seven fertiliser factories are now being supplied 243 mmcfd of gas against their demand for 289 mmcfd, according to the Petrobangla official.

KAFCO is a 100% export-oriented international joint venture company while the rest are state-owned.

Most of the sectors like industries, CNG stations, households, power plants and fertiliser factories are now facing gas crisis due to shortfall of over 500mmcfd gas forcing Petrobangla to go for rationing the fuel.

Currently, the CNG stations remain closed for four hours every day with a gas supply of 110mmcfd against the demand for 130 mmcfd.

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