Behind gas crisis
Some insiders tell us different stories about Bapex and BGFCL's capacity and performances. We learnt that in the last 37 years Bapex drilled only 16 wells.
To ease the present gas crisis, as an immediate step, Bapex will have to drill 5 new wells and work over one old well by SGFL. To drill the new wells Bapex will have to add at least one new rigg which is under process of procurement.
If the Bapex proceeds at snail-speed as it has been moving for the last 37 years, the country will face a serious gas shortage. I believe more than 80% of vehicles are running on CNG, our fertilizer factories are producing urea and it is supporting gas generated electricity generators for most industries.
To maintain the domestic cooking and private cars, the flow of gas will have to be increased from the present supply situation.
The situation is already grave and dependence on government explorers will aggravate the situation due to lengthy tender process, inexperience of Bapex and BGFCL engineers and staff. The present govt. immediately after assuming power initiated a move to procure a rigg and one year has already elapsed and the tender process is still on. By the time the agents get their own rigg to drill new 6 wells, I presume, the tenure of this government will be almost over.
Gas and coal are the country's most precious natural resources. Here the snail-speed tender process should be made one-stop.