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350 million cft LNG to be added to national grid on July 4

  • Published at 12:17 am June 26th, 2018
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File photo of the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) which reached Moheshkhali on August 26 Focus Bangla

Bangladesh currently needs 3.7 billion cft LNG per day to meet domestic demand, against a supply of only 2.7 billion cft per day

To help meet the energy shortage in Bangladesh, a total of 350 million cubic feet of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) imported from Qatar will be added to the national grid every day from July 4.

Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL) Managing Director Md Qamruzzaman said on Monday that the first shipment of the super-chilled gas has already been received, and will be added to the national grid at a rate of 500 million cft per day once it has been regasified.

“There may be system loss during the regasification of the maiden shipment from Qatar,” Qamruzzaman said.

Bangladesh currently needs 3.7 billion cft LNG per day to meet domestic demand, against a supply of only 2.7 billion cft per day.

In order to meet the 1 billion cft shortage, the government has commissioned the import of LNG from Qatar and Oman.

As per the contract signed by the state-run energy provider, Petrobangla, and Qatar’s state-owned energy company, RasGas, the imports from Qatar will rise to 500 million cft daily when the 42-inch diameter pipeline from Anwara to Fauzderhat is installed.

In total, 2.8 million tons of LNG will be delivered annually for the next 15 years.

In addition to this, the first shipment of LNG from Oman is set to arrive next month.

RPGCL boss Qamruzzaman made the disclosure at the latest hearing on the proposed gas price hike organized by the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) at the TCB auditorium in Karwan Bazar, Dhaka, on Monday.