Production in Semtung likely to start from Nov 29
Author / Source : NURUL AMIN
CHITTAGONG, Nov 25: Production in the Semutang gas field in Chittagong Hill Tracts is expected to start from November 29 this year, said Petrobangla sources. With the beginning of production there, supply of gas from the field to the gas-starved Chittagong will start from the very next day, said sources at the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited. Meanwhile, a 65-km gas pipeline has been installed from the Semutang gas field to Chittagong.
According to the managing director of Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited (KGDCL), the company is ready to receive and distribute gas through the pipeline. It will ramp up the supply of gas to more than 25 mmcft in Chittagong, sources said.
Earlier, on April 20, KGDCL had signed an agreement with Technic Construction and Pipeline Engineers & Assocaites to install the pipeline at a cost of Tk. 20 crore.
The state-owned company, Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Ltd (BAPEX), has already completed drilling in the Semutang field. Total recoverable gas at the Semutang field amounts to 150 billion cubic feet.
BAPEX had started drilling in the field to supply gas to the Chittagong region.
This would ensure supply of 30 mmcfd of gas to power generating units against their total demand of 162 mmcfd of gas, 9 mmcfd of gas to fertilizer factories against their total demand of 115 mmcfd and 164 mmcfd of gas to other consumers.
With the beginning of production in the Semutang gas field, supply of the KGDCL will increase to nearly 250 mmcfd of gas in the Chittagong region.
Production in the Salda gas field will also begin in the first week of December, while production in the Sundalpur gas field may begin at the end of that month.
The Semutang gas field would supply more than 25 mmcft of gas, while the Salda gas field would supply 22 mmcft of gas every day. Moreover, Sundalpur gas field would supply more than 12 mmcft of gas daily.
According to a reliable source, Chittagong is now getting more than 216 mmcft of gas daily. With the beginning of production in these three fields, total gas supply to Chittagong will increase to more than 280 mmcft.