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Bank & Finance - March 27, 2024

Gas supply narrowing for power generation

Mahfuz Emran : Petrobangla has promised to provide 1290 million cubic feet of gas per day for power generation from April to September. This measure has been undertaken to ensure uninterrupted summer and irrigation power supply.
Sources in Petrobangla and Energy Department said that initiatives have been taken recently to increase the supply of gas on the orders of the government. For this, more LNG will be imported from abroad.

Petrobangla chairman Janendranath said in a meeting of the government ministry that the daily supply of gas will be increased to 3,151 million cubic feet from April to next September. This arrangement has been put in place to maintain normal supply of electricity, industries and all types of factories.
The plan given by Petrobangla in the meeting of the ministry shows that 1,200 million cubic feet of gas will be supplied to on-grid power plants, 90 million cubic feet to off-grid power plants, that is, 1,290 million cubic feet of gas will be supplied in total.
This year, up to 16,500 megawatts of electricity production may be required in summer. For this reason, it is said that 1,400 million cubic feet of gas will be supplied by PDB. However, Petrobangla has agreed to supply up to 1290 million cubic feet of gas.
Earlier in the summer of 2023, electricity received the maximum gas supply of 1100 million cubic feet on any given day. However, the average supply was within 1,000 million cubic feet.
Apart from this, 130 million cubic feet of gas will be supplied daily to the fertilizer plant. 638 million cubic feet per day for captive power or own production to run factories, 692 million cubic feet of gas will be supplied to industry. In other words, 1,330 million cubic feet will be supplied to the industry.
275 million cubic feet of gas will be supplied to residential, 110 million cubic feet to CNG, 15 million cubic feet to commercial and 1 million cubic feet to tea gardens.
Mohammad Hossain, Director General of Power Cell, said that this year, instructions have been given to import LNG to meet summer demand. It has already been decided when the LNG will be brought from some company and when the cargoes will arrive. We hope that there will be no problem of gas for electricity this time due to compatibility reasons.

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