Dhaka, Saturday, 24 July 2021

Industries must get more supply of gas eradicating illegal connections


If there is not enough pressure in the supply of gas, the cost of the fuel in the factory increases several times. This is told in a recent report published by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and Keystone Business Support. This report has been made based on field survey conducted on electricity, steel, textile, denim and cement factories. Due to this inadequate supply of gas, boilers of textile and ready-made garment factories cannot produce the necessary heat. As a result, the production is stopped in the factory or has to use a captive power, whose ability is not sufficient according to the needs. In this situation, some factories use CNG in excess price. For these reasons, the cost of energy management and maintenance of companies increased from 10 to 45 percent.

It has been found in the survey that factories require gas under pressure of 10 PSI (pound force per square inch). But in reality, there is no more than 2.5-3.5PSI gas available. As a result, the actual cost of the gas becomes Tk15.52 instead of Tk 7.77 per cubic meter.
It is mentioning here that gas crisis has become acute in hundreds of factories in Gazipur, Ashulia, Savar, Kashimpur and Konabari. Because of gas crisis, the RMG units are failing to achieve the production target.
The government earlier assured the apparel makers of resolving the crisis through supply of additional gas diverting the natural resource from a fertiliser factory.
Country’s electricity production capacity improved a lot, but the load-shedding situation remains unchanged due to problem in the distribution lines.
At present, the country generates 16,000+ megawatt of electricity, while it was only 4,900MW in 2009. But the reality is that the people are facing at least 3 to 4 hours load-shedding outside Dhaka. Due to the gas problem, especially the garment factory owners are struggling to keep the business alive. But the hope is that - due to the introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), such gas supply in the commercial city of Chittagong has become normal, and the crisis in the capital and its surroundings will start to end, as well as the crisis here will also be cut. A floating terminal has already been constructed in Moheshkhali, Chittagong for supplying the imported LNG to National Grid. Gas supply has started on August 18. At present, the demand for gas in our country is around 400crore cubic feet, but daily gas production with LNGis 300crore cubic feet. Therefore, the imported LNG can play a big role in meeting our energy shortage. After that, the need for improving the delivery system by evicting the illegal gas connections is mandatory. It’s a matter of hope that the state-owned Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd has become hard over illegal gas connections. It has been conducting drives and disconnecting illegal lines. In April, it removed a total of 282.81 km gas pipelines used illegally in industrial, commercial and residential areas. During the drives, mobile courts and Titas divisional team snapped illegal gas supply connections and disconnected lines in Dhaka, Gazipur, Narayanganj, Narsingdi and Tangail districts. The mobile courts and Titas team cut 73,030 illegal connections. These drives should be continued to improving the supply situation.