‘Govt to import 4,000 mmcfd gas in few years’

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PV Desk : The government is to import 4,000 Million Cubic Feet (mmcfd) gas per day for the national grid over the next few years keeping in view ensuring energy security in the country.

This was disclosed by Prime Minister’s Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Affairs Advisor Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Bir Bikram, at a seminar here today. “Initiative is underway to import 500 mmcfd in the early next year to improve supply of gas by 50 percent in 2018,” he said.

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) arranged the seminar titled, ‘Energy Security 2030: Challenges and Opportunities’ with its president Abul Kasem Khan in the chair.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources M Tajul Islam was the special guest while Professor of the BUET Dr Mohammad Tamim presented the keynote paper.

The advisor said, “It is necessary to identify the priorities including reliable transportation and distribution network, reduction of system loss to single digit by next year.”

He also said that consultation with private sector to understand the
affordability of private sector in fixing the energy price blending with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and other primary energy is necessary in this regard.