The much awaited liquefied natural gas supply is going to start today as the authorities concerned has pumped the imported LNG through an undersea pipeline from a ship carrying imported LNG anchored at Maheshkhali LNG Terminal, Cox’s Bazar.
It would take two more days for the gas to reach the grid in full swing, concerned officials said.
Earlier on April 24, the ship Excellence reached the country’s Moheshkhali LNG terminal with 136,009 cubic metres of fuel from Qatar.
Since then, several deadlines expired for transmission to the reservoir in last three months due to adverse weather and technical issues.
‘LNG would be supplied to Chittagong on Thursday through the 91 km undersea pipeline of Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited which is linked to the grid of Anwara, Chittagong,’ said KGDCL managing director Khaiz Ahmed Majumder.
Initially, the LNG terminal would gasify the liquid gas and pump it into the undersea pipeline linked to the grid at Anwara.
Gas Transmission Company Limited already set up 30 inch 90 km gas transmission pipeline from Moheshkhali to Anwara for transmission of 500 mmcfd LNG to supply to national grid to reduce gas shortage and to ensure the required supply to different power stations, fertiliser factory and different industrial units, said the MD.
KGDCL, manager (maintenance) Anupam Dutta, told New Age that at present the commissioning from Moheskhali to Anwara was under process.
On Thursday, LNG would come to the KGDCL network and then consumers under KGDCL network would get the gas.
When the total system would be stable, the amount of LNG supply would increase and the burden from national grid would decrease.
On August 12, LNG was taken to the Matarbari reservoir of Moheskhali Island from the LNG tanker Excellence anchored in the Bay of Bengal through the pipeline, he said.
In the first phase, 75-100 million cubic feet of gas of the imported LNG would be supplied to the city. From next month 200-250 million cubic feet of gas of the imported LNG would be supplied and thus the amount of supply would increase gradually, said manager KGDCL.
On April 25, the authority was supposed to supply gas in Chittagong but they failed to do so due to adverse weather and technical problem. It was difficult to bring the pipes and join the pipes under rough sea.
Then they also missed six other deadlines of May 10, May 25, May 26, June 12, July 4 and July 11.
Petrobangla chairman Abul Mansur Mohammad Faizullah said that they supplied gas to the pipeline and it would be supplied to the grid when the gas pressure would increase.
The commissioning work is going on. After commissioning it would take 24 hours to be cool. Then it would go from Moheshkhali-Anwara through pipeline. At Anwara, there would be another commissioning to decrease the gas pressure.
Officials said that the construction of the 30-kilometre and 42-inch diameter Anwara-Fouzdarhat gas transmission pipeline was the major obstacle to transmitting the re-gasified LNG.
A 91-km and 30-inch natural gas pipeline from Moheshkhali to Anwara has been completed much earlier and undergone the necessary testing to carry re-gasified LNG to Chittagong.
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