State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid has said the government has put special emphasis on hydrocarbon exploration to ensure future energy security in the country.
“As part of our strategy, we have taken a plan to dig 108 wells at different gas fields across the country,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at an event organised by Chevron Bangladesh at Sonargaon hotel in Dhaka on Wednesday.
The state minister said the consumption of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as an alternative to natural gas is being encouraged. Government is also importing LNG and popularising the use of LPG as part of its strategy.
“The government is moving forward with a target to become a developed nation prioritizing the advancement of the power and energy sector,” he added.
He also mentioned that 90 percent of the country’s people have already come under the electricity coverage.
“Now, we are providing electricity to off-grid rural areas through solar home systems,” he said, adding that 5.2 million solar home systems have so far been installed across the country with government subsidy.
The state minister expressed his satisfaction with the operation of Chevron Bangladesh.
The function was also addressed by US Ambassador in Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, Energy Secretary Abu Hena Mohammad Rahmatullah Mominul, Petrobangla chairman Abul Monsur Mohammad Faizullah and outgoing Chevron Bangladesh President Kevin Lyon.
Chevron Bangladesh’s newly appointed President Neil Menzies was introduced at the function.