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Ctg gas supply situation slightly improves with 30 mmcfd additional supply

The gas pressure has substantially improved in the CNG refuelling stations as well as in residential areas from Friday

Update : 10 Nov 2018, 10:20 PM

The gas supply situation in Chittagong has slightly improved following some measures taken by the authorities concerned.

According to official sources, the areas under the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited (KGDCL) have been getting about 230 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd), up by about 30 mmcfd from last week's supply, reports UNB.

KGDCL MD Engineer Khaiz Ahmed Mozumder on Saturday said: "Gas supply to all the four power plants and one fertilizer factory has been suspended and additional supply of about 30 mmcfd gas was diverted from the national gas network to Chittagong region.”

He also informed that gas pressure has substantially improved in the CNG refuelling stations as well as in residential areas from Friday.

The gas consumers, mainly in Dhaka and Chittagong have been experiencing a crisis since November 3 following a technical fault in the supply pipeline of the Maheshkhali LNG terminal.

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Officials said an emergency valve of the offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Maheshkhali stopped functioning following the leakage of fluid. As a result, the supply of 330 mmcfd to the national gas network came to a halt triggering a crisis in the gas supply.

However, the major setback occurred in Chittagong area, as supply witnessed a drastic fall as gas distribution decreased to 200 mmcfd from 390 mmcfd.

After such reduction in gas supply, the pressure came to a low level in CNG gas refuelling stations and the residences of the port city.

Dhaka city also experienced crisis due to the supply reduction from the LNG terminal in Maheshkhali.

The imported LNG supply to Chittagong began on August 18 and after which the region started receiving an increased supply.

The power plants, which were shut down following the gas crisis, include the Raojan Power Plant, the Shikalbaha Power Plant, and the Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Factory Ltd (CUFL).

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