State-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) is constructing a 16 km Jet A-1 fuel oil pipeline, with storage tank and depot, from Narayanganj to Dhaka with the help of Bangladesh Navy. The projected cost of the pipeline will be Tk228.49 crore.
The pipeline is being constructed to reduce the transportation cost to Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport and to stop the stealing of fuel.
Currently, the fuel comes from a depot in Narayanganj to Kurmitola Aviation Depot in Dhaka for aircrafts at Hazrat Shah Jalal Airport. But because the fuel is transported on tank-lorries, there is a delay in getting to their destination caused by Dhaka’s chronic traffic jam problem.
A deal was signed between Bangladesh Navy and BPC on Wednesday, worth Tk183.33 crore, at the BPC's Dhaka office. Bangladesh Navy will build the pipeline as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor.
General Manager (planning and development) of BPC Mustafa Qudrat-I-Elahi and Commander of Bangladesh Navy Abdus Samad signed the deal on behalf of their respective sides.
At present, the demand for Jet A-1 fuel is around 400,000 tons, most of which is supplied to Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport.
“BPC is currently transporting petroleum products on tank-lorries owned by the private companies. The pipeline will be built to avoid the delay caused by traffic jams while carrying the fuel from Narayanganj to Dhaka,” General Manager (Planning and development) of BPC Mustafa Qudrat-I-Elahi told the Dhaka Tribune.
“After the pipeline is built, the supplying system will be perfect and cost effective.” he added.
“The BPC is financing the construction of the pipeline. It will be 8 inchs indiameter and also another depot and jetty will be built in an adjacent area to Narayanganj's Kanchan bridge. There, three storage tanks with the capacity of 3000 tons, a pumping station, a jetty and a generator office will be built,” he further said.