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Gas pipeline repaired, supply to be restored in Dhaka

  • Published at 07:32 pm March 24th, 2021
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Consumers living Dhaka West heave a sigh of relief as gas restored in parts

The damage of gas pipelines in Amin Bazar’s area at Savar was repaired around 7pm on Wednesday, after 46 hours of outage, ending the two-day long gas crisis in Dhaka West.

Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd Director (operations) Shafiqul Islam Khan, while talking to Dhaka Tribune, said: "The disrupted gas pipeline was fully repaired and consumer of Dhaka West would get back to normal supply from now."

Shafiqul said that due to the low gas supply on a national scale, the gas supply in the entire Dhaka city has been low since morning on Wednesday, but from the afternoon, the gas supply has returned to normal.

A resident of Adabor told Dhaka Tribune that the gas supply was restored from 7pm, just about the time when the pipeline was repaired.

However, another resident from Shankar area of Mohammadpur said the flow of gas was still not back to normal as late as 10pm.

On Monday night, the gas supply line faced disruption due to piling work by the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) during the construction work of Salehpur Bridge near Amin Bazar.

Due to this, the consumers of Dhaka faced gas crisis for two days that has affected households and other works.

Residents of Hazaribag, Mirpur-1, Shyamoli, and other areas under Dhaka West said they could light up their kitchen stoves although the flow of gas remained low.

Earlier on Wednesday, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, popularly known simply as Titas, issued a press release offering its apologies for the inconvenience caused to consumers and had said the situation would continue till Thursday 12pm. 

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There has been no gas supply in Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Kalabagan, Shyamoli, Agargaon, Dhanmondi, Hazaribagh and some other adjacent areas from Monday night.

Residents were found standing in queues before restaurants for food. Not all restaurants in the areas were in operation as they too were caught in the gas crisis.

Additionally, a reduced supply of liquified natural gas or LNG contributed to the worsening situation.

Against a whopping demand of about 3,700 mmcfd gas, the country is getting 2,900 mmcfd every day, clearly showing a shortfall of 600 mmcfd gas.

On Tuesday, 640 mmcfd LNG was supplied to the national gas network, which declined to 570 on Wednesday, leading to the low gas pressure, a Petrobangla official said.

The official working under the LNG Cell of the state-run oil and gas corporation, however, hoped that the supply would get a boost in a day or two, easing the crisis.

Gas outages and low pressure are two major problems Dhaka dwellers face very often, with the crisis worsening every winter.

Consumers also come across problems resulting from the installation and replacement of gas pipelines on a regular basis, mainly because of slack coordination between the utility agencies and development projects.

Titas, the country’s largest gas company, is already facing a shortfall of at least 300mmcfd gas against a demand of around 2,200mmcfd. In the Dhaka metropolitan area alone, the demand is nearly 1,700mmcfd.

With 2,865,907 consumers, including 45 power plants, three fertilizer factories, 1,680 captive power producers and 5,279 industrial units, the TGTDCL supplies gas under seven categories to Dhaka and Mymensingh divisions.

The number of household consumers of Titas is currently 2,846,419, while the figures for commercial and CNG users are 12,075 and 394 respectively.