No more household gas connection now, reiterates energy adviser
Prime minister’s energy adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury has again turned down any possibility of providing new gas connection to households in near future.
He said the government’s first priority is to increase gas supply to power plants and the second priority sectors are industries and fertiliser factories.
Tawfiq said: “We will resume gas supply to fertiliser factories soon. If we find any new energy option, then we will think about the household consumers.”
His comments came as new connections to households have remained suspended for more than three years due to shortage of gas.
The government earlier said the new connections would resume when gas production exceeds 2,200 million cubic feet of gas a day benchmark. On June 30 this year, the production peaked 2,239 mmcfd and now averages 2,201 mmcfd, according to government statistics.
The comments from Chowdhury came at a seminar organised to mark the second “National Energy Security Day” at the headquarters of Petrobangla in the capital.
Gas supply to the country’s fertiliser factories remained suspended for several months as the government has diverted gas supply to power plants to raise electricity generation to meet the additional demand in the irrigation season and then in Ramadan.