The move came to ensure supply of gas at power plants, say officials
The government has decided to keep CNG refuelling stations closed from six hours a day in a bid to ensure gas supply to power plants, say media reports.
The new order to keep CNG filling stations closed from 5pm to 11pm will be effective from Wednesday, Bangla Tribune reported citing officials at the power and energy ministry.
“Demand for gas rises during the peak hours for electricity. That’s one of the reasons to keep the CNG stations closed,” the report quoted a ministry official.
The state owned Petrobangla took the decision following a resolution made in a virtual meeting of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources on July 19 this year, reports UNB.
The meeting was presided over by State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid and attended by the prime minister’s energy advisor, it said.
Citing official sources, the news agency said the decision came against the backdrop of the government’s decision to operate gas-fired power plants to generate electricity.
Filling station owners, however, said they were not aware about the new decision.
“We have been not informed about it from the ministry. We came to know it from the media,” Farhan Nur, the general secretary of CNG Filling Station Owners’ Association, told Bangla Tribune.