Energy expert Professor Badrul Imam on Saturday advised to dig more exploratory wells in near the newly discovered gas fields at Bhola.
Imam was speaking at the Seminar titled “Bhola Gas Fields and Energy Security” organised by the Forum for Energy Reporters of Bangladesh (FERB) at the Dhaka Club in Dhaka.
Previously, he said, almost of the gas fields of the country were discovered in the Surma Basin. “After gas fields were discovered in Bhola, it is now assumed that the Meghna Basin at the southern part of the country has large gas reserve too,” added Prof Imam, who is a Professor at the Geology department in Dhaka University.
He asked for conducting exploration at Char Jabbar, Char Jabbar North and Monpura area near the existing two gas fields—Shahbajpur and Bhola North—of Bhola.
Prof Imam believes Maheshkhali and Swandip—two islands at the Southern tip—might have gas too.
“Bangladesh is neither floating on gas not it has run out of it. I believe, there are still scopes of finding more large gas fields. But we need to conduct appropriate explorations for it,” he said.
Dr Imam however believes that the lack of true interest and endeavor has made these explorations still an unattempt task.
He said without exploration and eventual discovery of new gas fields, the looming energy crisis of the country could not be mitigated only by import of energy alternatives.
Dr Tawfique-E-Elahi Chowdhury, Energy Advisor of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who was the chief guest at the program said, he hoped a total of 1.5 trillion cubic feet (TCF) will be added at the national grid from the gas fields of Bhola.
He informed that the government has taken an attempt to construct gas pipeline with which it could bring gas from Bhola to Khulna and Barishal in the mainland.
The Advisor also hoped that a 600 MW power plant could be constructed with the gas found in the gas fields in Bhola. “The electricity produced from it could be added to the national power grid.”
Dr Elahi stressed on digging more wells in the existing gas fields of the country. “We need fresh assessment of our gas fields. This will beget a scope of finding more gas. We have past examples of finding more gas after re-assessment.”
He informed that to mitigate the existing crisis of gas, more explorations are planned. “The government has also taken multiple plans for LNG import.”
Surgey Tumanov, managing director of Gazprom EP International BV, Amzad Hossain, former managing director of Bapex, Kazi Matin Uddin Ahmed, Chairman of Geology department of Dhaka University and SM Maqsud Kamal, president of the DU Teachers Association were present at the seminar among others.