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6 November, 2018 12:41:08 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 6 November, 2018 08:58:28 AM

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Severe gas crisis hits Dhaka, Ctg

Power outages have also hit the country as a number of power plants have been shut down due to the gas shortage
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Severe gas crisis hits Dhaka, Ctg

A gas crisis has hit the country over the past three days, with a technical fault halting the supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the country’s first LNG terminal in Moheshkhali. Both the capital Dhaka and the second largest city Chattogram are reeling under an acute shortage of natural gas.

The crisis has hit both household and commercial customers alike, despite efforts to mitigate the shortage through measures such as rationing.

Again, since a number of electricity plants have already been shut down for the past three days on account of the gas crisis, a power crisis has also hit the country.

These power plants include a 78-MW plant of the MAX Group, a 145-MW plant of Agrico, a 210-MW plant in Siddhirganj, a 210-MW plant in Raujan, a 40-MW plant in Shikolbaha and another 225-MW plant in Shikolbaha.

An official of the Rupantorita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL) told The Independent that there has been a technical problem in the supply valve at the floating storage regasification unit (FSRU).

Bangladesh began receiving supplies of LNG on August 18. But since work on the pipeline is not finished yet, gas is only being supplied to Chattogram. During the last week, the LNG was supposed to be supplied through pipelines to Dhaka, but the technical difficulty that has now cropped up in the FSRU has made this a distant possibility.

In Chattogram, the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited (KGDCL) currently supplies gas to 597,662 consumers. Of them, 593,574 consumers are households, 2,788 are commercial consumers and 1,045 industrial consumers.

“We are facing a serious challenge in continuing the supply of gas to the household and industrial consumers, as supplies kept dropping sharply over the last few days,” said an official with the KGDCL.

The official told The Independent that current gas supplies to Chattogram were below 200 million cubic feet, against a demand for around 470 million cubic feet per day.

Meanwhile, in Dhaka, Titas Gas has a shortage of almost 500 mmcfd in meeting demand as it is receiving about 1,580 mmcfd of gas from Petrobangla against the demand for 2,100 mmcfd.

Residents of different areas of the city complained they were unable to cook at home on account of the gas crisis and were being forced to spend extra money to buy food items from outside. Many are also using gas cylinders or electric heaters.

Even production in the backward-linkage garment industries has decreased by at least 40 per cent because of the gas crisis, posing a threat to timely shipment of finished readymade garment products for exports.

Backward-linkage garments factories—knitting, washing and dyeing units—at Savar and Ashulia of Dhaka and Gazipur have faced a gas crisis for the last few days.

Petrobangla chairman Abul Mansur Md Faizullah told The Independent that he was aware of the situation. However, he promised, “The crisis will be over soon.”

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