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Govt set to supply LNG to national grid

 The first shipment of LNG came to Bangladesh in April  

Update : 28 Nov 2018, 11:38 AM

The government is all set to start supplying the liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the national grid on Wednesday.

State-owned Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL) already began a trial-run on Tuesday morning to check the pressure. 

On April 24, Excelerate Energy Bangladesh brought the first shipment of LNG from Qatar to Moheshkhali.  

The government said it would start the supply across the country from the next month but it was delayed due to technical issues. 

On August 18, the LNG supply began in Chittagong region as works of setting up pipeline from Chittagong’s Anwara to Fouzdarhat was not finished. 

 The work was completed in late October. 

“We have started supplying LNG to the grid on a test basis since Tuesday morning and hope to run the full-fledged supply on Wednesday,” said Anwara-Fourzdarhat Pipeline Project Director Sushil Kumar Sarker. 

Rupantarito Prakritik Gas Company Limited Managing Director Md Kamruzzaman said initially, 310 million cubic feet (cft) of LNG is being supplied to the national grid and it will gradually be increased to 350, 400, 450 and 500 million cft. 

On September 11 last year, Bangladeshi company Gasmen Limited and Indian Gypsum inked a deal with Gas Transmission Company Limited as contractor. 

On March 30, the digging began on a trial basis. 

The government has also signed a deal with Oman to import LNG. 

It has also decided to procure LNG from 26 more companies based on spot marketing. 

Currently 3,800 million cft gas is being supplied against the demand for 4,000 million cft. 

The government said it will be able to meet the crisis by supplying around 1,000 million cft gas by 2019. 

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