State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said the liquefied natural gas (LNG) will be available in the industrial sector through pipeline from May 25-26.
"LNG supply to the industries will create lots of jobs in the country," he said at a seminar in Dhaka recently.
The government has started importing LNG from Qatar to meet the growing energy demand in the country.
A floating storage and re-gasification unit or FSRU carrying the maiden consignment of 133,000 cubic metres of LNG from Qatar anchored near Moheshkhali Island in Chattogram last Tuesday.
The FSRU, generally known as the LNG terminal which was set up on a floating vessel with storage and re-gasification facilities, will permanently station in Moheshkhali.
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Before supply to the national network, the imported LNG will have to be re-gasified through the FSRU, installed by Excelerate Energy, a US-based private operator.
Bangladesh signed a contract with Qatar’s state-owned RusGas to import LNG and more deals are underway. The imported LNG will be re-gasified by private FSRUs.
So far, local Summit Group and US-based Excelerate Energy are allowed to set up two separate FSRUs near Moheshkhali to store the imported LNG and then supply it to the national grid following re-gasification.
Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL), a subsidiary of state-owned Petrobangla, is responsible for LNG import and supply.
RPGCL Managing Director Mohammad Quamruzzaman, however, last Tuesday expressed hope that they would be able to commission the FSRU by mid May for supplying LNG to the national network.