The leaders of different trade organizations in the port city hoped that the increased flow of gas will boost fertilizer and electricity production in Chattogram, and also in Dhaka
The supply of 500mmcfd of Liquefied Natural Gas into the national grid started on saturday evening.
The extra supply of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) into the national grid will bring a positive impact on the country’s gas sector and generate new hope for the business community of Chittagong.
The leaders of different trade organizations in the port city hoped that the increased flow of gas will boost fertilizer and electricity production in Chattogram, and also in Dhaka.
The supply got a boost since August 18 last year when the KGDCL started feeding 300mmcfd of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a ship anchored in the Bay of Bengal, through the Matarbari reservoir at Moheshkhali.
Md Quamruzzaman, Managing Director of Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL), told the Dhaka Tribune that they will add another 500 mmcfd (million cubic feet per day) of LNG gas to the national grid first which will then be distributed all over the country.
"Earlier, there were some interruptions of LNG supply from the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) set up at Moheshkhali. From now on, the supply will not be interrupted as a consignment of imported LNG from Qatar reached here recently," said the RPGCL Managing Director.
In conversation with the Dhaka Tribune, Mahbubul Alam, President of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCCI) said: "It is admirable news for the business community of Chittagong. The entrepreneurs of the port city will feel encouraged as the increased gas flow will give a boost to the trade and commerce of the country and will generate employment through industrialization."
Mahbub Chowdhury, Vice President of Chittagong Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said: "The economy will get a boost. However, the premier port city should not be deprived of its fair share of the increased gas flow. The added gas supply will boost production at power stations and fertilizer manufacturing enterprises in Chittagong. LNG gas supply should be increased further for the sake of the country's economic growth."
Khaiz Ahmed Mozumder, Managing Director of Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd, said they had been receiving at the most, 330mmcfd of gas, against a demand of 450-500mmcfd since August last year.
The KGDCL now supplies gas to 597,662 consumers. Of them, 593,574 are households, 2,788 are commercial, and 1,045 are industrial.
Prabir Kumar Sen, chief engineer (distribution) of the Power Development Board’s (PDB) Chittagong south zone, said: "The country's power generation will improve with the added gas supply. Two units of (150MW and 225 MW) Shikalbaha Power Plant, and two units of (210 MW and 210 MW) Raozan Power Plant, will be able to generate power in full swing if sufficient gas is supplied."
SM Nazer Hossain, central vice president of Association of Bangladesh (CAB), said that the supply of 500 mmcfd of LNG was inspirational news and it will stimulate the country's economy.
The ship carrying Bangladesh's first imported consignment of 1.37 lakh cubic feet of LNG from Qatar anchored in the Bay on April 24 last year. Since then several deadlines had expired for gas transmission to the reservoir due to technical problems. Finally, on August 18, the supply began in Chittagong.