Nazmul Likhon
Bangladesh petroleum exploration and production company (Bapex) expects a big gas zone in Jamalpur and Shariatpur districts with a 2-D seismic survey giving cause for high hopes.
After getting the result, the company is going to drill at the prospective site, said a Bapex official.
Bapex General Manager (Geological Division) Md Suzaul Hassan told Bangladesh Post, “after 2-D seismic survey, we are going to drill a well at Madarganj of Jamalpur next June. On the other hand, 2-D seismic survey has been completed in Shariatpur. Now interpretation work is going on.”
“As per soil structure in according to the survey results it could be a prospective zone for gas there, but it cannot be confirmed until and unless the well is drilled. However we are hopping”-he added.
Bapex believes that after drilling the prospective exploration wells on the basis of the identified leads, it could play a significant role in mitigating the huge demand for gas.

Sources said in 2015, Bapex conducted 2-D seismic surveys in Jamalpur, Sherpur, Mymensingh, Tangail and adjacent areas. Nearly 20 seismic leads were identified following the processing of the results and interpretation of the data.

Officials said, land acquisition has already begun in Jamalpur. On the other hand 2-D seismic survey has been completed in around 3,000 line kilometers area in Shariatpur. Now the data of 2-D seismic survey is being analysed. After completion it will be determined where to drill.

Natural gas plays an important role in the country’s economy. It is an environment-friendly fuel,which undergoes clean and odorless combustion. It is widely used as fuel for domestic (cooking and heating), industrial (metallurgical, ceramic, glass, bread and biscuits, power stations, cement works, factory process steam boilers, etc) and agricultural (drying, heating, steam boilers) use.

Bangladesh currently faces a shortage of 1,000 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd), while the demand is around 3,700 mmcfd.

The natural gas reserves of Bangladesh, according to an estimate, is around 16 trillion cubic feet and may be exhausted within a decade. However, the gas demand is increasing day by day.

Petrobangla official said, Bangladesh’s natural gas demand projection for current fiscal year (FY) 2018-19 has been revised up by 8.5% to 1.35 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) on rising LNG imports. The previous projection of natural gas demand was around 1.24 Tcf.

State minister for power and energy, Nasrul Hamid, in August said, the country’s gas fields have already started depleting as forecast, and the entire gas will be exhausted within the next 8-9 years. ‘We don’t have any new discovery in recent years. This has happened in many countries as a natural course.’

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the energy division to conduct more seismic surveys in the country for more gas exploration.

According to the government’s vision, it plans to drill a total of 35 wells by December 2018.