Gas supply rises in nat'l grid as spur line set up
Petrobangla and Chevron have successfully commissioned a spur pipeline at Jalalabad gas field, which is to raise the country's gas production by about 40 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd).
Official said commissioning of the pipeline was completed as per schedule to help the authorities start additional gas supply.
Petrobangla Chairman Jalal Ahmed told the news agency yesterday the pipeline would enhance gas supply by 40 mmcfd to the national gas network which would finally lead to an additional supply to gas hungry power plants and other industries.
Apart from this pipeline commissioning, he said, Petrobangla has already enhanced the gas supply to power plants. "Last week, we supplied about 700 mmcfd to power plants. Now we are supplying about 747 mmcfd... this is a big enhancement."
However, the country's electricity generation has not increased as expected after the enhancement of gas supply to the power plants.
Jalal, however, alleged that despite the increase in gas supply, sometimes power plants cannot receive this additional supply for their own limitations. "Many power plants often remain out of operation because of technical faults although gas is available there."
According to the officials, the spur line will finally boost the gas supply by 70 mmcfd by the yearend.
The gas pipeline was built as 'spur-line' to increase the gas supply from Chevron's Jalalabad gas field, which is now producing about 143 mmcfd gas to supply to the national gas grid.
The Power Development Board (PDB) generated about 3,700 megawatt (MW) Sunday while it was expected to generate about 3,735 MW yesterday against the demand for about 5,000 MW.
However, the PDB claimed that the demand would be below 4300 MW.