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Public hearing on gas price hike starts March 11
The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is going to hold mass hearings on gas price hike from March 11. The energy regulator has already received proposals from all gas transmission and distribution companies about the hike. The mass hearing will take place at the auditorium of the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) in Karwanbazar, said a notice. Any organisations or persons interested in taking part in the mass hearing should apply to the BERC by March 4.  The hearing will start with Petrobangla on March 11 in the morning. Later, from 10:30am, the Gas Transmission Company Limited will place a proposal to increase the gas transmission charge.  On March 12, the hearing of the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 10am to 12:30pm. From 2:30pm to 5pm on the same day, the hearing of Sundarban Gas Company Limited will take place. On March 13, the hearing of the Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 10am to 12:30pm. The hearing of the Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 2:30pm to5:00 pm on the same day. On March 14, the hearing of the Karnafuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd will take place from 10am to 12:30pm, while the Pashchimanchal Gas Company Ltd’s hearing will be held from 2:30 pm to 5pm.
LNG boosts Ctg factories, power plants
February 15, 2019 Friday 11:28 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Gas supply to the national grid from the maiden floating LNG import terminal in the deep sea rose to its maximum capacity on Tuesday morning as the pipeline started receiving 450 million cubic feet of gas a day. The gas supply to different regions from the national grid will boost up production in factories, gas-based power plants and fertiliser factories, domestic holdings and garment manufacturing units resulting in a positive impact on the overall national economy. With the enhanced supply the country is now getting gas for all regions including the capital Dhaka from the national grid in a limited scale alongside the natural gas available from the local gas fields. The natural gas supplied earlier to the Chattogram region has also been added to Dhaka and rest of the country from the national grid. Chattogram, a long-time gas-hungry region, will be the most beneficiary of the FSRU gas supply as most of the major industries and the thriving special industrial and economic zones are located in the region. It took as long as seven months after commissioning of the Floating, Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) located at Moheshkhali island of Cox`s Bazar to get supply of the re-gasified LNG from the import terminal having 500 million cubic feet of gas a day (mmcfd), sources concerned said. Sources in the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Co Ltd (KGDCL) said trial supply of 450 mmcfd of gas for two days was successful before full scale commissioning by authority in the Petrobangla. Sources said that the supply from the FSRU was disrupted due to leakage in the submersed gas pipeline between the City Gate Station (CGS) near the CUFL fertiliser factory at Anwara and the Fouzderhat CGS at Sitakunda. For supply of the re-gasified LNG the authority concerned constructed a 91- kilometre pipeline between Moheshkhali and Anwara and another 30- kilometre pipeline between Anwara and Fouzderhat. Earlier, the actuator valve in between the FSRU and the sub-sea pipeline also surfaced leakage in the first week of November last resulting in the total halt to the re-gasification at the Excelerate Energy`s terminal, sources said.  The KGDCL, dedicated to the Chattogram region, was receiving only 170 to 180 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd), far less than it used to get before termination of re-gasification at the LNG import terminal, sources said. Production in the gas-fired power plants of Raozan 210 megawatt x 2, Shikalbaha 225 MW, Shikalbaha 150 MW power plants and Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) in Chattogram was suspended following the damage in the underwater pipeline valve. The KGDC official said after repairing the pipeline the gas supply resumed in a limited scale ranging between 210 and 230 mmcfd. So the authority could not supply gas to the national grid as expected. Chattogram was the worst sufferer from gas shortage as the gas-hungry industries have been suffering from short supply. The domestic burners ran dry for a long time while commercial enterprises also suffered for years. Source: Financial Express
Category: Gas
Govt seeks developers for its first onshore LNG terminal
January 31, 2019 Thursday 11:39 AM By Reuters
Bangladesh is seeking expressions of interest to build the country’s first onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, according to a company official and a document posted on the company’s website. The South Asian country, which has a population of more than 160 million is turning to land-based LNG terminals as its first imports of the super-chilled fuel through a floating platform were delayed due to the weather and technical issues. Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Co, part of state-owned Petrobangla, which oversees LNG supplies, has requested interest from potential terminal developers for a land-based LNG regasification terminal at Matarbari in the Cox’s Bazar district of southern Bangladesh. The expression of interest is for the design, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of a land-based terminal that can handle 7.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, including receiving, unloading, storage and re-gasification facilities. The project is on a build-own-operate basis for 20 years, with ownership then transferred to the Bangladeshi government or a company nominated by the government at no cost. “A land-based LNG terminal is now our top priority,” said Mohammad Quamruzzaman, managing director of Rupantarita Prakritik Gas. The onshore terminal, which can be expanded to 15 million mtpa in the future, is part of Bangladesh’s strategy to develop its gas sector with private companies, according to the document. The project developer will be required to arrange the necessary financing, the document stated. The developer will receive the LNG from the LNG ship as part of an agreement between Bangladesh and the LNG supplier, unload and store it, re-gasify it and supply the gas to the transmission pipeline. The terminal is set to be completed by June 2023. Companies should submit their expressions of interest by March 20, with the official documents expected to be issued to shortlisted applicants by Aug. 29. Bangladesh began importing LNG from Qatar on a regular basis in last year through the country’s first floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU). It has scrapped plans to build additional floating LNG import terminals after its second FSRU comes on line. Bangladesh’s LNG demand potential could support a terminal with that capacity, said senior analyst at consultancy FGE Poorna Rajendran. “Declining domestic output amidst growing energy demand would leave LNG as a mainstay in its energy mix,” he said. “Coal’s share will rise in the nation’s energy mix but existing gas infrastructure and growing environmental and land acquisition concerns surrounding large coal plants would mean that coal’s share will not grow substantially.” In such a scenario with LNG expected to be a long term solution, a land-based terminal with larger capacity would be more economical than a smaller FSRU which is typically best suited to meet short-term and mid-term demand, he added.
Category: Gas
Titas fails deadline with around two-thirds work impending
January 13, 2019 Sunday 8:09 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Having failed to complete a three-year project for the implementation of two lakh prepaid gas meters by December last, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited (TGTDCL) has sought a two-year extension from the Petrobangla and Energy and Mineral Resources Division. Initiated in 2015, the project that expired on December 18 saw a little over one-third of the meters installed in parts of Dhaka, confirmed sources at the TGDCL, the country’s biggest state-run gas company. The project is being implemented with funding from the Bangladesh government and Japan International Cooperation Agency. “Just 74,284 meters were installed at Banani, Baridhara, Gulshan,Bashundhara, Badda, Tejgaon, Mirpur, Cantonment, Kafrul, Khilkhet, Uttara and adjacent areas of Dhaka,” said a Titas official. He attributed the failure to the delay in starting the project work. “The practical works of the project started more than two years and a half after its launching in January 2015,” he also said. He went on saying the proposal seeking extension of the project until 2020 was sent to the government for a go-ahead. Titas Gas Company and Japan-based Toyokeiki Company Ltd inked a Tk 387 crore engineering, procurement and construction deal on March 16, 2017 for the prepaid meter installation. Of the total project cost, the government will contribute Tk237 crore, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will pay Tk453 crore, and TGTDCL will provide funds of Tk 22.2 crore. Some 170,000 prepaid meters will be installed in Madhya Badda, Baridara, Gulshan, Banani, Tejgaon, Azampur, Cantonment, Mirpur, Kafrul, Khhilket, Uttarkhan, and Uttara, with the remaining 30,000 earmarked for Bashundhara, Uttara Third Phase, and Dakkhinkhan.  
Category: Gas
Summit’s LNG terminal likely to start commercial operation by March
January 9, 2019 Wednesday 7:10 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
The first LNG terminal under the initiative of private sector is likely to start commercially by March this year. The terminal is being constructed at Moheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar by the Summit LNG Terminal Company (Private) Limited, a concern of the Summit Group. Even though the terminal has the capacity to supply 500 million cubic feet of gas per day, it will be able to supply 250 million cubic feet because of the lack of installed pipeline, said a Petrobangla official. The new terminal of Summit is going to be launched six month after the first LNG terminal started supplying LNG to the national grid. ANM Tariqur Rashid, Managing Director of the Summit LNG Terminal Company Private Limited told energynewsbd.com that working on offshore location is always very risky and it is hard to envisage anything before the completion of the work. “We however hope to start our commercial activity in the terminal by March,” said Rashid. Summit Group signed two separate contracts with Energy and Mineral Resources Division and Petrobangla in April 20, 2017. As per the contracts, the Summit LNG Terminal Company Private Limited will construct the terminal along with a nine kilometer long pipeline under the sea. After operating the terminal for 15 years, Summit will hand over the terminal to Petrobangla. Under the LNG terminal project, Summit will supply gas to Gas Transmission Company Limited after converting the LNG into gas in the floating storage re-gasification unit (FSRU). Petrobangla will have to pay 45 cent (Tk 37) per million BTU to Summit. GTCL meanwhile will supply the gas to the national grid. The annual target of re-gasification in the terminal is 3.5 million ton. The initial estimated cost of the project is 500 million US dollar. Japan based Mitsubishi Corporation has already purchased 25 percent of the under construction terminal. The construction of the terminal started in the end of 2017. Earlier, for the construction of the terminal, Summit signed a 100 million US dollar turnkey contract with the marine contractor consortium Geocean SAS and MacGregor. Under the contract, the two organisations are working on the design, engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation and testing of the LNG storage and re-gasification terminal in Moheshkhali of Cox’s Bazaar.
Category: Gas
Bakhrabad Gas Company earns Tk 217.86 lakh in profit
November 28, 2018 Wednesday 11:56 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
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.
Category: Gas
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.
Category: Gas
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.
Category: Gas
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.    
Category: Gas
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.      
Category: Gas
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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