ECNEC approves Tk 1,650 crore Bibiana-Dhanua gas pipeline

ECNEC approves Tk 1,650 crore Bibiana-Dhanua gas pipeline

DHAKA, Nov 15 (BSS) – The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved four development projects involving Taka 1,971 crore, including Bibiana-Dhanua gas transmission pipeline construction project worth Taka 1,650 crore.

After completion of the pipeline construction project, Dhanua will be a gas hub and will ensure uninterrupted gas supply in the industrial belt of Dhaka. The project is expected to be completed by June 2013.

The approval came at an ECNEC meeting held at the NEC conference room in city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

“Of the total project cost of Taka 1,971 crore, the government will provide Taka 242 crore from the national exchequer and Taka 79 crore as project assistance while Petrobangla will contribute Taka 1,650 crore from its own fund,” Planning Minister AK Khandker told reporters after the meeting. Planning Division Secretary Bhuiyan Shafiqul Islam was present.

The Planning Division secretary said Dhanua would turn into a gas hub and there would be uninterrupted gas supply in the industrial belt in Gazipur on completion of the gas project.

The gas transmission pipeline project aims at supplying an additional over 600 million cubic feet gas per day (mmcfd) fromBibiana and Jalalabad fields to the national gas grid.

UK-based company Chevron Limited will produce this additional gas under a production sharing contract (PSC) with Petrobangla.

Under the project, a 36 inch diameter transmission pipeline from Bibiana of Habiganj to Dhanua of Gazipur would be constructed.

This 137-km long transmission line includes 4,500 metre river ways, which will cross through horizontal directional drilling (HDD) system.

The ECNEC also approved improvement and widening of roads and construction of drainage-cum-footpath of Barisal City Corporation (BCC) project, involving Taka 208 crore.

The project aims at creating improved road network system in 45 sq kilometres of Barisal City Corporation. It would also protect the divisional city from the Kirtankhola river erosion.

Under the project, widening and development work of nearly 3.5 lakh square metre road would be implemented. Besides, four kilometre town protection embankment and circular road, 43 kilometre drainage-cum-footpath, 19 box culverts and 76 metre girder bridge would be constructed.

The project also includes beautification of a park and 33 kilometre street lightening work in the city. BCC will implement the project following the June, 2013 deadline.

Two more projects approved in the meeting are: Multi-sectoral programme for prevention of repression against women (third phase) involving Taka 44 crore and ‘Greater Rangpur agricultural and rural development project (first revised) of Taka 69 crore.


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