The government is planning to provide household gas connections this year.
Besides, Liquefied Petroleum Gas price will also be fixed. To this end, a high-level committee has been formed, according to an energy division official.
Earlier state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid said, “Some residential plots had two or three gas connections, but they later developed projects for 20/30 apartments. We are currently looking for that kind of project for new connections. We are also looking for those customers who got demand notes for gas connections but were finally not given connections. These applicants will get priority for new connections.”
As the country is going through a gas crisis since over the last six to seven years, providing household gas connections has almost stopped.
The government is discouraging gas connections or supply in pipeline in the sector due to gas crisis. LPG is recommended as an alternative to ensure future safety.
“But household gas connection demand is acute in the country. There are a lot of applications pending with gas distribution companies. Many public representatives are also in favor of household gas connections. In this context, the government is considering gas connections for domestic users,” an official said.
An Energy Division official said, Prime Minister’s Office has formed a six-member committee led by Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission member Mizanur Rahman, to review providing household gas connections and fix LPG price.
At a recent meeting, Prime Minister’s energy advisor Dr. Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury asked concerned officials about the number of applications and demand for household gas connections. He urged them to submit a report about the matter.
‘At present, the total gas demand is more than 4200 mmcf in the country. However, total gas production is about 2,800 mmcf from 110 wells per day, while around 300 mmcf is being supplied from imported LNG. As a result, daily gas deficit is about 11000 mmcf,’ said a Petrobangla official.
Against the backdrop of ever-increasing gas demand, the government decided to import LNG in 2010, to meet the country’s dire energy deficit.
On April 24 last year, a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) of Excelerate Energy Bangladesh brought the first shipment of 133,000 cubic meters LNG from Qatar to Moheshkhali LNG terminal.
Bangladesh’s LNG imports are expected to hit 10 million mt/year by 2023. The country will be able to add another 500 mmcfd if a second terminal is brought online. The facility is being developed by Summit Group, which has signed an agreement to charter one of Excelerate’s FSRUs, and is expected to be online by this year.
Bangladesh has also signed a deal with Oman to buy LNG. Besides that, the government has decided to buy from another 26 companies on the basis of spot market pricing.
Bangladesh energy regulatory commission (BERC) has decided to subsidise Tk 3,100 crore for the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) rather than revise gas prices up.