Relief from prolonged gas crisis seems to have come at last for the people of Chattogram amid gradual increase in liquefied natural gas supply.
From Monday, Chattogram started getting 300 million cubic feet per day gas through Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited distribution line.
With the new gas supply, Raozan Power Plant, Shikalbaha Power Plant and Chattogram Urea Fertiliser Factory Ltd, which were closed earlier due to gas shortage, reopened.
KGDCL managing director Khaiz Ahmed Mozumder told New Age that with this port city would get some relief from gas shortage. At present, Chattogram is getting 300 mmcfd LNG.
There are three bulk consumers in Chattogram — Raojan Power Plant, Shikalbaha Power Plant and Chattogram Urea Fertiliser Factory Ltd.
After LNG supply started, one unit of Shikalbaha Power Plant was getting 30-36 mmcfd of gas while it needed 47 more mmcfd of gas to run its remaining two units.
The Raozan Power Plant’s requirement was 90 mmcfd while CUFL’s requirement was 50 mmcfd.
At the initial stage, the distribution entity of Chattogram region were getting about 100 mmcfd gas from imported LNG to feed 5,12,431 consumers against a demand for 500 mmcfd.
On September 9, the second ship carrying 1,38,000 cubic metre liquefied natural gas anchored in the Bay of Bengal near the floating storage re-gasification unit terminal off Moheshkhali Island.
After the second ship reached, Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited started to shift gas through floating storage and regasification units.
From 8:00am on Monday, through central generating station at Rangadia of Anwara, LNG came to the distribution line of KGDCL.
KGDCL manager (operation) Anupam Dutta told New Age, ‘Earlier, KGDCL had been supplying gas in bulk through rationing system. Now due to the recent addition of 100-300 mmcfd, the gas pressure increased in residences. Gas-based industries will also be able to run smoothly.’
There are three gas-based power plants in Chittagong – 420 MW Raozan Thermal Power Plant, Shikalbaha 60 MW Power Plant and Shikalbaha 150 MW Peaking Power Plant, with an aggregate power generation capacity of 1,297 MW.
Due to lack of gas, Shikalbaha 225 MW dual-fuel power plant stopped generating power for long. After importing LNG, when KGDCL supplied 35 mmcfd of gas to Shikalbaha, it started generating power. On Sunday, this power plant generated 205 MW.
KGDCL started supplying gas to Raozan Thermal Power plant, which had also stopped power generation for long time. On Sunday, it received 45 mmcgd LNG, he informed.
According to officials at KGDCL, there are some 5,80,000 consumers of gas. Among them, more than 5 lakh 75,000 are residential consumers. There are 1,500 industries in Chattogram. There are 70 CNG filling stations.
The demand of gas in Chattogram is 500 million cubic feet. Of this, industries require 250 million cubic feet of gas and residential areas require 224 million cubic feet of gas.
State-owned Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited has been importing LNG from Qatar while state-owned GTCL is entrusted with the responsibility of transmitting the gas to the national grid.
The maiden consignment of imported LNG reached the country on April 24 through the FSRU-based ship. But due to some leakages and technical glitches, the RPGCL could not supply the imported gas to the network over the last three months.
RPGCL imported the LNG from Qatar and moved for re-gasifying it through the FSRU set up at Moheshkhali by US-based Excelerate Energy.
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