Bangladesh-Russia set to develop gas sector strategic master plan

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Bangladesh-Russia set to develop gas sector strategic master plan

DHAKA, April 20 (BSS) – Bangladesh and Russia will jointly prepare a gas sector strategic master plan for drilling work, installing gas compressors and expanding gas distribution network.

The decision came at a meeting between adviser to the Prime Minister Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury and Vice-President of Gazprom Ivan Guleb, the Russain based world biggest producer and exporter of natural gas, held the ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources here today.

Both the countries today agreed to enhance collaboration in upstream and downstream business in energy sector through accelerate drilling, installing compressors and expanding gas distribution network.

“We are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) within a day to two in this regard,” Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury told the media following a meeting with the Vice -President of Gazprom, Ivan Guleb at the energy ministry.

A 12- member delegation from Gazprom is visiting Dhaka to sign a MoU and a joint venture agreement in energy sector between the two countries for further collaboration in energy sector.

State minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Enamul Haque, Secretary for Power Division Abul Kalam Azad, Secretary for Energy Division M Mijbahuddin, Petrobangla Chairman Dr Hossain Monsur and top official of the ministry and Petrobangla, Russian ambassador to Dhaka Gennady P Trotsenko were present.

Later, the Russian team met with the Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr Moshiur Rahman at his office. “We are keen to support the Bangladesh’s energy sector and we feel that we could do a lot to enhance the collaboration between the two countries in future,” Ivan told the media.

The meeting decided that Russia would support to drill 5 wells in different gas fields, install two gas compressors, capacity building of Petrobnagla and human resource development in energy sector along with experts visit programme.

According to the energy ministry, the Russian team will sit with the prime minister tomorrow.

“This agreed recommendations would be placed to the policy makers of the both countries to ink a final deal in energy sector cooperation,” a senior official of the energy ministry told BSS.

According to the Petrobnagla, it would seek cooperation both technical and financial from Russia to drill 5 wells at Shahbazpur, Semutang and Begumganj.

A top official of the energy ministry said Bangladesh proposal sought two gas compressors, the finances for developing five gas wells, 190-kilometre Jalalabad- Bibiana-Dhania and 115-kilometre Anwara-Maheshkhali gas pipelines and two gas processing plants.

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