The long waited Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has arrived in the country on today. A ship named “Excellence” carrying the first shipment of LNG has reached Maheshkhali of Cox’sbazaar. The ship has carried 1 lac and 36 thousand cubic meters of LNG from Qatar.
The specialized gigantic ship is now anchored at a distance of 3 km from the coastline. The liquefied gas will be regasified at the re-gasification unit of the Floating Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) and then it will be supplied to the pipeline.
This is for the first time the country has imported LNG. State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid along with other high officials of the same ministry is expected to visit the ship on 29th of April.
According to the related sources, the imported LNG will be re-gasified and will be supplied to the existing pipeline from 10th or 12th May. Bangladesh has been waiting for a long time for this LNG import at a record price comparing to the cost of domestic natural gas.
LNG is the liquefied form of the natural gas and this form of the gas is highly portable. A ship carrying LNG will reach the floating LNG terminal of Maheshkhali where the liquefied and cold gas will be brought back to gas form at normal temperature. Thus, the gas will be supplied to the gas pipeline in the land.
Petrobangla chairman Abul Monsur Md. Faoyzullah said that, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the supply of LNG once the LNG carrier reaches Maheshkhali. The re-gasification process and other related processing would take 10-15 days prior it starts supplying natural gas to the pipeline. The LNG terminal would provide 50 crore cubic feet of gas each day, though the supply rate wouldn’t reach that high at the beginning.
The government is importing the LNG from Qatar. Every time a new ship will arrive carrying LNG before the previous ship finishes offloading. A pipe having a diameter of 30 inches will carry the gas from the terminal to Anwara point of Chittagong. The gas will be then supplied to the city through maintaining proper pressure at substations. Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited (KGDCL) will be distributing the gas to the port city of Chittagong.
Bangladesh’s second LNG import terminal, a 3.75 million tonne per year FSRU, being developed by the local Summit Group, is expected to be commissioned in October.