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Bakhrabad Gas Company earns Tk 217.86 lakh in profit
Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Ltd (BGDCL), a company of Petrobangla, has made operating profit worth around Tk 217.86 lakh during the just concluding fiscal year 2017-2018, the company said in a press release recently. At the beginning of the financial year 2017-2018, the company management had formulated an action plan and sent the directions to the field level for achieving al the business targets aiming to make BGDCL a profitable, the press release added. Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Ltd disclosed the information at its 38th Annual General Meeting held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital. The additional secretary (development) of Energy and Mineral Resources Pervin Aktar, who is also chairman of BGDCL’s board of directors, chaired the meeting.
Govt scraps new floating LNG projects for land-based ones
November 24, 2018 Saturday 6:10 PM By Reuters
Bangladesh will scrap plans to build additional floating liquefied natural gas import (LNG) terminals in favour of land-based stations, a senior government official said. Adverse weather is making it difficult to operate the country’s sole floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and, hence, Bangladesh does not plan to build any further FSRU projects, said Mohammad Quamruzzaman, managing director of the Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company. His firm is in charge of LNG imports at state-owned oil firm Petrobangla. “We will not go for more floating LNG projects at this time. One is already online and another is expected to start in March next year,” he told Reuters. The South Asian nation began importing LNG from Qatar on a regular basis in September through the country’s first FSRU operated by privately owned US company Excelerate. The FSRU arrived in April for commissioning at the port of Moheshkhali near the city of Cox’s Bazar but its start-up was delayed by several months due to technical problems and bad weather. A second FSRU project, operated by Summit Corp with Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp as a partner, is expected to start operations in March next year, doubling the country’s import capacity to 7.5 million tonnes a year. Scrapped FSRU projects will include a project by India’s Reliance Power and another by a consortium comprising Hongkong Shanghai Manjala Power and Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd, Quamruzzaman said. Reliance did not reply to requests for comment while Hong Kong Shanghai Manjala Power declined to comment. Petroliam Nasional did not immediately respond to a comment request. Rupantarita Prakritik has short-listed five companies for a proposed land-based terminal that can import 7.5 million tonnes per year of LNG, including Japan’s Mitsui, Osaka Gas and JERA, and two other Korean companies, said Quamruzzaman. The terminal could be built at Matarbari in Cox’s Bazar, though the details are not yet firm, he said. Developing countries that have sought LNG supplies have adopted FSRU terminals since they are typically about half the cost of land-based terminals, twice as quick to deliver and can be moved to other destinations when they are no longer needed.
Category: Gas
Govt resolves FSRU issues, to resume LNG imports
November 20, 2018 Tuesday 5:48 PM By Reuters
Bangladesh will resume liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports this week after resolving issues with its sole floating storage and regasification (FSRU) unit, a senior official said on Monday. Two cargoes, meant to be delivered on November 07 and November 15, had been cancelled as the FSRU was closed due to problems with a hydraulic line that operates an emergency shutdown valve. “The problem with the hydraulic line has been resolved now,” said Mohammad Quamruzzaman, managing director of Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company, the unit in-charge of LNG imports at state-owned oil firm Petrobangla. The next cargo with 140,000 cubic-metre LNG will arrive on November 21, he told Reuters. No LNG has been discharged into Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar since October 29, shiptracking data from Refinitiv Eikon showed. Bangladesh has a long-term supply agreement with Qatar’s RasGas Co. The South Asian nation began importing LNG from Qatar on a regular basis in September. The FSRU arrived in April for commissioning in Moheshkhali port by Cox’s Bazar. A second FSRU project, operated by Summit Corp with Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp as a partner, is expected to start operations in March next year, doubling the country’s import capacity to 7.5 million tonnes a year.
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No gas price hike for now: BERC
October 16, 2018 Tuesday 8:15 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) on Tuesday declared of not increasing gas prices, announced to subsidize around Tk 3,100 crore in the ongoing fiscal to maintain the status quo. The watchdog body announced its decision at a press conference at the commission office in Dhaka. In a packed hearing room of the BERC office in Karwanbazar, the declaration came amidst surprise; while many terming it a populist move by the government ahead of the election at yearend. BERC Chairman Monowar Islam was present at the press conference also attended by BERC members Rahman Murshed, Md Mahmudul Haq Bhuiyan, Md Abdul Aziz Khan and Md Mizanur Rahman. When asked whether upcoming election has played any part, Monowar Islam said, “We are not Election Commission and we did not think of election while adjusting the gas price.” “The decision was taken basing on the proposals that we receive from the gas transmission and distribution companies and our own methodologies,” he added. The BERC Chairman said the gas price hike proposals from the gas distribution and transmission companies were on the regulator’s chalkboard as liquefied natural gas (LNG) was supposed to be blend with the piped gas—because of which the average price of gas should have been hiked. “It was assumed by the companies that around 1,000 mmcfd LNG was going to be added. But in reality, after much dilly-dallying, less than 300 mmcfd LNG has so far been added. So we did not feel the necessity of hiking the price,” he said. Monowar said, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) decision of withdrawing all import supplementary and customs duties and advance trade VAT (ATV) on LNG also helped them to take the decision of keeping the gas price unchanged. The NBR move implies that 5 percent customs duty and 5 percent advance trade VAT alongside a 93.24 percent SD on LNG is no longer applicable. “So such move by the exchequer has offset the price adjustment needed to minimize the subsidy,” said Monowar. “In simpler words, the average unit price of gas is now Tk 7.19 and we needed to increase Tk 1.46 if those taxes and duties were not waved on LNG by the NBR,” Monowar said adding that a total of Tk 3,100 crore will have to be given as subsidy in the ongoing fiscal now. According to the latest circular issued by the BERC, the industry, captive power, tea-garden, commercial and household subscribers of gas now have to give two months and four months of security deposit instead of three and six. The captive, industry and tea-garden now has to give one-third security deposit in cash instead of 50 percent and 50 percent bank guarantee instead of two-third. In case of pre-paid meter, no security deposit will be needed.  Earlier, all the seven state-owned downstream entities in gas sector - six distribution companies, one transmission company - had appealed to the BERC seeking an average 75 per cent hike on the existing gas prices for different consumer groups except the household and commercial ones. The upward price revision was sought for industrial consumers, power plants, fertilizer factories, captive power plants, and CNG refueling stations. The distribution companies are Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited, Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Limited, Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution System Limited, Pashchimanchal Gas Company Limited, Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited and Sundarbans Gas Company Limited. While participating in the hearing, the gas entities argued that as per the government decision they had to submit their respective price hike proposals because of the high import cost of LNG as it will push up their cost substantially. The Petrobangla started supplying the imported LNG to national gas network from August 18 through re-gasification by private sector-operated floating storage and re-gasification unit. Officials said currently 300 mmcfd gas is being supplied from LNG and it will go up to 500 mmcfd in a month or two and then 1000 mmcfd gas will be flowed from next year as per a government plan.  
Category: Gas
Import duties on LNG withdrawn
October 2, 2018 Tuesday 9:07 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
In a major move for the energy sector, the government has withdrawn all kinds of import duties imposed on the liquefied natural gas (LNG). The Internal Resources Department (IRD) under the Finance Ministry issued a circular in this regard on September 30, saying that the order went in effect from September 18. An official of Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, widely dubbed as Petrobangla, expected the government move to reduce the import costs on the super-chilled fuel item. Another circular could be published in a day of two, only to announce the withdrawal of supplementary duties, sources said. However, the current ceiling of value added tax (VAT) and advance income tax (AIT) will remain unchanged. Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is likely to announce newly fixed prices of gas by the current week soon after the circular is issued. A member of the energy regulatory body said there will be a gas price hike for consumers from all sectors other than the domestic and commercial ones—a move meant for adjusting the costs of expensive imported LNG costs.  
Category: Gas
Chattogram LNG supply rises as RasGas vessel docks
September 24, 2018 Monday 1:54 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) supply to the port city of Chattogram increased again to around 300 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) from Sunday. A senior official of State-owned gas Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd (KGDCL) said Gas supply in Chattogram fell to around 200 mmcfd until Wednesday afternoon and then it dropped to around 100 mmcfd on Thursday and continued until Saturday afternoon. KGDCL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petrobangla, is responsible for supplying natural gas to the port city of Chattogram. RasGas’s LNG-carrying vessel finally docked at Moheshkhali’s floating LNG import terminal on Saturday after a three-day struggle due to rough sea, said a senior Petrobangla official. The second commercial LNG vessel carried around 140,000 cubic metres of LNG to the floating LNG terminal on September 19 and was supposed to dock by September 20 and initiate re-gasifying LNG. The state-run corporation had to count losses as it would have to pay full charge for re-gasifying 500 mmcfd of gas, no matter it re-gasifies less or the maximum of its capacity.  
Category: Gas
Announcement of gas price hike ‘this week’
September 23, 2018 Sunday 7:39 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
A fresh hike in gas prices is likely to be announced this week, said an official of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC). The increased prices will come into effect from next month, he added. Due to high import cost of liquefied natural gas (LNG), the BERC is all set to hike gas prices. However, residential and commercial consumers will be spared from paying higher prices. The upward price revision will affect industrial consumers, power plants, fertilizer factories, captive power plants, and CNG refueling stations. The move comes at a time when the government started supplying high-cost imported LNG in national gas network to supplement to locally produced gas since August this year. Per unit (thousand cubic feet or mcf) LNG costs US$11 as against locally produced gas price of only US$ 2.9 per unit. Official sources in BERC said that after examining all the pros and cons of the gas price hike proposals placed by different government entities, the regulatory body is now fully prepared to announce its decision anytime. Officials said currently 300 mmcfd gas is being supplied from LNG and it will go up to 500 mmcfd in a month or two and then 1000 mmcfd gas will be flowed from next year as per a government plan.
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Chattogram starts getting 300mmcfd LNG
September 11, 2018 Tuesday 11:49 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The consumers in the Chattogram region get 300mmcfd of liquefied natural gas (LNG), said Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL) managing director Md Quamruzzaman. He said, “Consumers of Chattogram have started consuming an amount of 300 million cubic feet per day gas from the Floating Storage Re-gasification Unit in Moheshkhali since Monday,” With the supply of LNG, the long-drawn problems regarding low pressure and unavailability of gas in peak hours both in industries and residence have already been eased, he said. State-owned Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd (KGDCL) is supplying gas to local industries, gas-based power plants, fertiliser units and domestic consumers. Karnaphuli is responsible for supplying piped natural gas to consumers in Chittagong, Cox`s Bazar, Rangamati, Bandarbans and Khagrachari districts of Bangladesh. KGDCL officials said the Gas Transmission Company Ltd increased the LNG supply to 300 mmcfd from its previous 100 mmcfd since August 18. The demand for gas in Chattogram ranges between 450 and 500 mmcfd. Chattogram region had been suffering from acute gas shortages for the past several years. Businesses in Chattogram see the increasing gas supply as a boon for them and hoped the required gas supply to the region will continue. Raozan 420 megawatt (MW) Power Plant, Shikalbaha 60MW Power Plant, Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd and Kafco Fertilier Plant are lying idle for months for gas crisis. KGDC sources said the second ship with 138,000 cubic metres of LNG arrived from Qatar for the LNG import facility in the Bay of Bengal off Moheshkhali Island.    
Category: Gas
Chevron largest natural gas producer in Bangladesh
September 7, 2018 Friday 3:33 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Chevron Bangladesh has been recognized by the Ministry of Power, Energy & Mineral Resources as the largest natural gas producer of the country in the private sector. Chevron Bangladesh President Neil Menzies received a certificate and award in this regard from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the inauguration ceremony of Power & Energy Week 2018 on Thursday at International Convention City, Bashundhara, in the city. Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister, Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury and State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid were present at the function.
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National grid gets additional 16mmcfd of gas from Habiganj field
August 7, 2018 Tuesday 12:15 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The national grid is getting additional 16 million cubic feet gas daily (mmcfd) from Well-1 of Habiganj Gas Filed. BAPEX as the state run organization has completed work over of the well-1 and went to gas extraction from lower level from Monday, according to a release issued by the Bangladesh Gas Filed Company Limited (BGFCL). It said Habiganj Gas Filed under BGFCL is supplying additional 16 mmcfd of gas to the national grid from the well on trial basis. Habiganj gas field, owned by the BGFCL, is currently supplying around 225 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) of natural gas from seven producing wells. The country’s overall gas production is now hovering at around 2,760 mmcfd against the demand for over 3,500 mmcfd.    
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Petronet submits proposal to set up $1 billion LNG terminal in Bangladesh
July 29, 2018 Sunday 11:35 AM By PTI
Petronet LNG Ltd, India’s biggest liquefied natural gas importer, has submitted a firm proposal to set up an LNG import facility in Bangladesh at an investment of about USD 1 billion, its Managing Director and CEO Prabhat Singh said. Petronet had last year signed a MoU with Petrobangla to set up a 7.5 million tonnes a year project to receive and regasify LNG on Kutubdia Island in Cox`s Bazar and lay a 26-km pipeline to connect it to the consumption markets. The firm has now made a formal proposal with techno-economic details including the cost to the Bangladesh government for approval, Singh said. "We have told them that we can build the land-based LNG receipt facility in 42 months from the date of receiving all approvals," he said. The project envisions future expansion and can be used for supplying LNG through small barges and LNG trucks to users which are not connected by the gas grid. Once Bangladesh government accepts the proposal, a formal pact will be signed between Petronet and Petrobangla, he said. Kutubdia islands has a natural harbor with a good draft and a natural breakwater, ideal for setting up LNG terminal. The proposed terminal is beside the one Bangladesh is looking to set up at Matarbari in Moheshkhali Island of Cox`s Bazar district or Anwara, Chittagong. The terminal, to be set up on the build-own-operate basis, will supply gas to power plants. Bangladesh has a lot of unmet demand. Gas demand is projected to more than double to 45 million tonnes from the current 20 million tonnes in next 20 years. Excelerate Energy is looking at setting up a floating terminal at Moheshkhali. Originally, Petronet was one of the five global energy firms shortlisted for setting up the LNG import terminal. The others shortlisted included Anglo-Dutch super-major Shell, China`s Huanqiu Contracting and Engineering, Tractebel Engineering of Belgium and Japan`s Mitsui. Only Petronet now remains in fray for the project. Bangladesh is looking at importing gas to ease its energy crisis in southeastern Chittagong region, which was once almost self-reliant in natural gas but started facing a supply crisis in 2006 as output diminished from the Sangu gas field. The country`s sole offshore gas well, Sangu-11, was permanently closed in October 2013. As a result, some plants are running below the capacity and a few have been shut due to non-availability of gas. The LNG terminal will supply gas to a proposed 1,000 MW combined cycle power plant as well as the existing power plants in Raozan and Sikalbaha through a planned pipeline. Bangladesh is also looking at setting up a floating LNG import facility in the Bay of Bengal. The Floating Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) of 500 million cubic feet a day capacity can, however, meet only a part of the growing demand for gas in power, fertiliser, factory, and industry.      
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Imported LNG supply to nat’l grid rescheduled for Aug 8
July 25, 2018 Wednesday 4:46 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government has now set a target to start supplying re-gasified Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to the national grid from August 8. “We have once again rescheduled the supply date of maiden LNG to consumers on August 8,”said an official of Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL). This is for the fourth time the date for LNG supply to the National Grid has been rescheduled. He said: A high-powered team of Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Ltd visited in the site at Moheskhali recently and assured us completion of all works regarding maintaining the under construction pipeline by August 7, 2018. In the last time, the RPGCL rescheduled the date for supplying the LNG to the gridline on July 4, 2018 after repairing the leakage in subsea pipeline in Bay. Earlier, the US company was supposed to start the FSRU (floating, storage and re-gasification unit) in the first week of May, but managed to obtain an extension of two months. The government is planning to import about 3.75 million metric tonnes of LNG a year. The first LNG consignment from Qatar`s RasGas Company Ltd reached Bangladesh on April 24. The FSRU in Bangladesh has the capacity to hold 138,000 cubic metres of LNG and can re-gasify and distribute up to 500 million cubic feet per day, as per the deal. According to Petrobangla, it supplies between 2,650-2750 mmcf of natural gas daily against the demand of 3,700mcf.
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Imported LNG to be supplied from July 4
June 27, 2018 Wednesday 11:45 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government will start supplying imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the national grid from July 4 thanks to the onshore gas pipeline connecting the floating storage in Cox’s Bazar with the main demand centre in Chattogram. “We are hopeful of commissioning the LNG supply on July 4. Initially, a maximum of 350mmcfd of LNG will be supplied to the grid,” M Quamruzzaman, managing director of Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL), told a hearing on gas tariff hike at TCB auditorium in the city on Monday. Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) chairman Monowar Islam chaired the hearing. M Quamruzzman said they will need to mobilise around Tk 17,000 crore to create a revolving fund for LNG import. “To meet the cost, we will need a net revenue of Tk 0.40 per cubic metre of gas. Otherwise, LNG import will face a major setback,” he said. Petrobangla officials at the hearing said they will need Tk 33.44 per cubic metre to import 1000mmcfd of LNG at a cost of $8.5 per mmcfd inclusive of import duty and other charges. After mixing 1000mmcfd imported LNG with 2700mmcfd local natural gas, the cost will come down to Tk 12.89 per cubic metre, the officials said. Local natural gas costs Tk 5.32 per cubic metre. Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) energy adviser Prof M Shamsul Alam opposed the notion to raise the tariff of natural gas before commissioning the imported LNG. CAB proposed to set the gas price at Tk 9.09 per cubic metre after regasification of LNG. BERC chairman Monowar Islam told the hearing that BERC will decide on gas tariff hike proposals considering the greater interest of the consumers and the financial capacity of gas distribution companies. He urged the consumers to keep faith on the BERC, terming ‘Each crisis is an opportunity.’
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Gas supply shortage hits Ctg city hard
June 24, 2018 Sunday 8:29 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The people of Chattogram have been facing severe gas crisis as its supply from Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd has reached the lowest level recently. The region is now getting, on average, 100 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd) against the demand for about 500 mmcfd. KGDCL is not adequate gas supply from the national grid, company sources said. Power generation and fertiliser production in the gas-fired plants remain fully suspended. Commercial enterprises, gas filling stations and a large number of domestic gas consumers are also suffering a lot due to acute gas crisis in the city. Officials at KGDCL said the gas transmission pipeline from Bakhrabad to Chattogram suffers from gas pressure. The authority concerned is carrying out pigging work to remove stumbling blocks caused by carbon and other by-products to the 24-diameter of 175 kilometre pipeline. Pigging work in the transmission line started after Eid-ul-Fitr holidays. It is likely to be completed by the middle of this week. Deputy General Manager, sales (southern) of KGDCL Engineer Sarwar Hossain said gas supply from the national grid will become normal shortly. Gas supply was disrupted for pipeline clearing work, he added. Sources at Petrobangla said KGDCL got 100.9 mmcfd of gas on June 21 and 96.4 mmcfd on June 19 from the national grid against average demand for 470 mmcfd to 500 mmcfd. Production at two 210-megawatt units at Raozan Power Plant, 150-MW and 60-MW Shikalbaha Power Plant and 25-MW Barabkunda Power Plant remains suspended. Production at Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) and Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company (KAFCO) also remain suspended due to an acute shortage of gas supply, sources concerned said. Local consumers in the city, home to over 0.575 million (5.75 lakh) people, are worst sufferers as gas crisis worsened over the last few days. The officials said supply of imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) will ease gas crisis in the Chattogram region. Imported LNG is likely to be available by July 04. Source: The Financial Express
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Govt moves to drill 108 wells in onshore blocks
June 6, 2018 Wednesday 3:31 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government has placed special stress on natural gas exploration to ensure the country’s future energy security, state ministerfor power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid said on Tuesday. Steps have been taken to drill some 108 new wells, he added. Nasrul announced this while speaking as the chief guest at an event organised by Chevron Bangladesh at a hotel in Dhaka, said a press release. The consumption of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as an alternative to natural gas is being encouraged, he said. The government is moving ahead with the target of becoming a developed country, prioritising the advancement of power and energy sector, he also said. Already, some 90 per cent people have been brought under the grid power and 5.20 million people under the solar home systems, he said. He also recognised the contribution of Chevron Bangladesh towards the country’s development. Energy and mineral resources secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Munim, Petrobangla chairman Abul Mansur Md Faizullah, US ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, and Chevron Bangladesh’s outgoing president Kevin Lyon also spoke on the occasion. Chevron Bangladesh’s newly-appointed president Neil Menzis was introduced at the function.
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City’s gas crisis likely to linger despite move to add more gas to nat’l grid
May 24, 2018 Thursday 11:23 AM By UNB
Despite the government’s move to add 500 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd) to the national gas network, the severe gas crisis that the city dwellers have been experiencing in many areas is unlikely to be resolved soon due to weak distribution network, officials said. The government has planned to add 500 mmcfd gas to the national grid from the current month by importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar. The LNG ship has already arrived at Moheshkhali LNG terminal and now awaiting supply to national gas network. But officials at state-owned Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd think that this will have little impact on the current grim situation because of weakness in distribution network. They said addition of more gas would not work to ease the situation until a project is taken to improve distribution line. “Actually, no major project was undertaken in recent years to improve the capacity of the Titas distribution lines because of the government’s policy to discourage the residential use of gas,” said a top official of the company on condition of anonymity.  In most areas, he mentioned, the distribution lines have become very incapable to meet the demand of gas the demand of which is growing because of rampant construction of high-rise buildings in and around Dhaka city. “Where there was only one or two families on a piece of land, now more than 10 families are living there after the construction of a high-rise apartment building,” he said. The areas facing gas crisis include Mirpur, Kazipara, Sewrapara, Mohammadpur, Sheymoli, Adabar, Kalayanpur, Nakhalpara, Kathalbagan, Cenrtral Road, Crescent Road, Moghbazar, Molibagh, Badda, Basabo, Old Dhaka, Lalbagh, and Jatrabari.   The consumers of these areas experience poor gas flow in most of the time of the day. “We start getting gas after 10 pm and that flow prevails for only three to four hours. Even no adequate pressure is found to cook meals in ovens,” said Salma Begum, a housewife in the city’s Nakhalpara area. The similar experience was shared by Nurjahan  Khatun in Kazipara area of Mirpur. She said she has to cook at midnight on most occasions. According to official sources, some 30 percent of the Titas consumers in the city have been experiencing the gas shortage for long. However, Syed ManzurIlahi, deputy managing director and also project director of Supply Efficiency Improvement of Titas Gas, said they have constantly making efforts to improve the situation. “Titas is currently implementing a pre-paid gas meter installation project to stop such illegal connections. Once the project is fully implemented, it’ll significantly improve the situation,” he said. But many senior officials who do not want to speak openly believe there will be no end to the ongoing gas crisis unless there is any policy change on the government side. Currently, they said, Titas gas has alone almost 500 mmcfd gas shortage to meet its demand as it is receiving about 1580  mmcfd gas from  Petrobangla to serve its 2.734  million consumers.  Of these, residential consumers are about 2.717 million while commercial consumers are 10,919 and industrial consumers are 4,610. The officials said Titas Gas needs projects to improve the capacity of its distribution lines across the city and elsewhere. They also mentioned that there are more than 300,000 million illegal gas connections in many areas in and around the Dhaka city. These areas include Keraniganj, Narayanganj, Fatullah, Badda, Merul Badda, Tekpara, Kathalia and Namapara. “But local MPs create obstacles when we move to take action against such illegal gas consumers,” said an official.
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‘Hearing on proposal for fresh gas price hike begins June 11’
May 11, 2018 Friday 3:05 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Gas price is likely to increase further in Bangladesh ahead of the next general election following the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG), as distribution companies have proposed raising prices of all categories except household and commercial ones. Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) will hold public hearing on the adjustment of gas prices. The hearing will begin on June 11 and continue until June 21, said a BERC notification issued on May 9. On June 11, public hearing on the Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL) proposal for a transmission charge increase will be held. Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company will hold hearing on the proposal for a hike in distribution charge and consumer-level gas prices on June 13. Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Limited and Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution system limited will hold a hearing on June 14, Paschimanchal Gas Distribution Company Limited on June 18, Karnaphuli Gas Distribuntion Company Limited on June 19 and Sundarban Gas Distribution Company Limited on June 21. If the gas prices hike, transmission charge will be raised. The hike proposal by the Gas Transmission Company is being taken under consideration. LNG import supply to the country will begin in the last week of this month. Meanwhile, US based Excelerate Energy ship carrying LNG from Qatar RasGas has reached Bangladesh coast. According to the proposal, the price of per cubic metre gas used for grid power production has been proposed to be increased by 206 percent. The price of per cubic metre gas has been raised from Tk 3.16 to Tk 10.48. The price of per cubic metre gas used for captive power generation has been proposed to be raised by 66 percent. The price of gas has been increased from Tk 9.62 to Tk 16. The price of gas used for fertiliser production has been proposed to be shot up by 372 percent with an increase in prices of gas per cubic metre from Tk 2.71 to Tk 12.80. Besides, the price of gas used in industries has been proposed to be hiked by 93 percent with an increase in gas price per cubic metre from Tk 7.76 to Tk 14.90. The price of compressed natural gas (CNG) has been proposed to be gone up by 120 percent. The CNG price has been hiked from Tk 40 to Tk 48. Sources in the government said gas price is likely to be hiked following the high cost of LNG import. The government will not give a huge amount of subsidy on LNG import. It is mentioned that gas price was adjusted last February by 22.70 percent on an average. Now average price of per cubic metre gas price is Tk 7.35. At present, households pay Tk 750 for a single burner and Tk 800 for double burner every month.
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