• Thursday, Aug 06, 2020
  • Last Update : 03:51 pm

Nasrul: 11 LPG companies running business without govt approval

  • Published at 11:15 pm April 28th, 2018
Nasrul: 11 LPG companies running business without govt approval
At least 11 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) companies are running business in the country without final approval from the authorities concerned, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said on Saturday. “Fifty-five companies were given the primary go-ahead (to start marketing and distribution), while only five obtained the final nod,” he said while speaking at the LPG cylinder launch program of Youth Group at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka. Petromax LPG Ltd, a sister concern of Youth Group, is bringing 12kg and 35kg LPG cylinders into the local market through 250 of its distributors. Addressing the event, Nasrul urged the LPG companies to prioritize safety and price issues over their benefit. “You should consider the interest of the consumers,” he said, adding that currently 75% residential consumers use LPG. He further said the government was also going to form a regulatory body to monitor the activities of an LPG association. He said the government expects LPG to be used in industrial units since the country is already witnessing a shortfall of gas up to 800mmcf. Stating that the country may get liquefied natural gas (LNG) by May 26, he said: “Once all the garment factories get gas supply as per their demand, Bangladesh will become the main exporter of garment products.” He asked realtors to build community or central plants of LPG to overcome gas crisis at the consumer level. Nasrul hoped that the country would come under almost 100% electricity coverage by next year, adding that the government was now looking forward to working on uninterrupted power supply across the country. “Our goal is now 10,000MW power generation,” he said.

Price and demand of LPG in local market

A 12.5kg cylinder produced by a private company is sold at Tk950 in and around Dhaka, while the price ranges between Tk1,100 and Tk1,200 in Chattogram, Rajshahi, Khulna and Barishal divisions. On the other hand, a cylinder marketed by state-run LP Gas Ltd, a subsidiary of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC), is sold at Tk800 although its price is Tk700. Consumers have complained that BPC cylinders are rarely available in the market, forcing them to buy cylinders produced by private companies. According to the BPC, the national demand for LPG currently stands at one million ton, but only 600,000 ton is produced and supplied. Of the LPG that is currently available, LP Gas Ltd produces only 20,000 ton while the rest is produced by private companies.
70
53
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail