Gas supply set to improve by mid-year

Greenwatch Report
Gas supply in Dhaka and Chittagong will improve significantly by the middle of 2013 after the completion of eight development projects, officials said on Tuesday.
The state-owned orporation, Petrobangla, has been implementing these projects–installation of compressors and construction of some major transmission of pipelines– at a cost of Tk 1414.61 crore, Prof Hossain Monsur, Chairman of Petrobangla, said Tuesday.
He added, “The capacity of the national gas grid would be enhanced to a satisfactory level with the completion of these projects, significantly improving the supply situation.”
Monsur said that installation of compressors and construction of some major transmission pipelines are expected to be completed by this time.
Replying to a question he said a growing gap between demand and supply and low gas pressure are responsible for the disruption of gas supply in many parts in capital Dhaka and the port city of Chittagong.
“The demand for gas is growing rapidly whereas the production of natural gas is still lagging behind the additional demands,” he added.
In October, 2011, GTCL, a company of Petrobangla, signed eight contracts with two foreign and six local companies for the installation of compressor stations and transmission pipelines.
These projects are being implemented with the financial assistance of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
“Once the projects are completed, the compressor stations will help improve gas pressure while the transmission lines will feed more gas to the national gas grid,” the Petrobangla chief said.
The Hyundai Engineering Company Limited of South Korea is scheduled to install compressor stations, costing Tk 854.09 crore, at Ashuganj and Elenga by July 2013.
FERNAS Construction Company, Inc of Turkey is scheduled to construct a 60-kilometre and 30-inch-diameter gas transmission pipeline, costing Tk 460.52 crore, from Bakhrabad to Siddirganj by June 2013.
Six local companies are scheduled to construct a 163-kilometre long and 20-inch-diameter gas transmission pipeline, for Tk 100 crore, from Bheramara to Khulna by July 2013.
Officials said, presently Dhaka and Chittagong zones are getting more than 200mmcfd less gas supply per day from the required demand, creating a demand crunch.

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