The Mirsarai economic zone is all set to provide gas connections to industrial units which are taking shape inside it.
The zone’s gas distribution capacity has been upgraded from 350 to 500 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD). The country’s gas yield is some 3,000 MMSCFD.
The zone has been connected to the Dhaka-Chattogram national grid using an 11-kilometre pipeline installed by Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited (KGDCL) at a cost of Tk 267 crore.
Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (Beza) and the KGDCL are going to commission the supply today.
Abdul Momen, director of the zone’s gas supply project, said an industrial unit can avail the supply within six months of applying for it.
The supply will be adequate and undisrupted. “We will ensure the supply of gas from imported LNG and there is no possibility of gas shortage in future,” he said.
Talking to The Daily Star, Paban Chowdhury, executive chairman of BEZA, said the several hundred industrial units that would be established at the zone within the next three years would get all utility services well ahead of starting operations.
At least six factories will go into operation within the next six months, he said, adding that, “The government wants to provide all kinds of facilities to create an investment-friendly environment.”
The Mirsarai economic zone is one of three such establishments, the other two being in Feni and Sitakunda, taking shape side by side.
Based on the proposals it has been receiving for the last two years, Beza expects $20 billion to $25 billion to flow into the industrial zone by 2030.
These are part of the government’s plan to have 100 economic zones in place for foreign and domestic entrepreneurs by 2030 and create one crore jobs.