Govt plans to increase 1920 mcft gas by 2013: PM
SANGSAD BHABAN, Nov 30 (BSS)- Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina today said her government has undertaken a plan to raise gas production by 1920 million cubic feet by 2013 and 880 mcft by 2015.
“We hope that the daily gas production would be enhanced by 1920 mcft by June 2013 and 880 mcft by December 2015 from the countries different gas fields owned by local and international companies,” she said.
Replying to a question from treasury bench member Mahmud Us Samad Chowdhury during her question-answer session, she said steps have also been taken to import LNG from Qatar at a rate of 500 mcft daily.
The Prime Minister said after assuming office, her government has been implementing various programmes to increase gas production considering its importance for the overall development of the country.
She said the demand of gas is increasing gradually as it is environment friendly as well as cheap. But, she said, a crisis has been created in gas supply as the past BNP government did not take any step to explore and produce gas keeping consistency with the demand.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has been executing short, middle and long-term programmes to solve the gas crisis. The production of 500 mcft gas has already been increased due to the steps taken by the government, she said.
The Prime Minister said the government has signed a production sharing agreement with ConocoPhillips under the offshore bidding round 2008 to explore gas in the maritime area.
Besides, she said, the Environment Impact Assessment work is going on to explore oil and gas, while the seismic survey work would begin by January 2012.
After the successful implementation of the programmes, the Prime Minister said the real reserve of natural gas would be confirmed and it is expected that the country’s total gas reserve would increase by 3 to 3.5 trillion cft.
Responding to a supplementary from the same lawmaker, Sheikh Hasina informed the House that her government has taken a plan to set up seven special economic zones in the country’s seven divisions.
The government would give priority to set up small and medium industries in the zones side by side with large industries, she said.
Answering to a question from ruling party lawmaker Shamsul Haque Chowdhury, the Leader of the House also said the present government has so far built 37 power plants in the last 32 months adding 2406 megawatt electricity to the national grid.
As many as 700 MW more electricity would be added to the national grid from the under-construction power plants by this year, she said.
The Prime Minister said the present government has so far signed agreement to set up 47 power plants with a capacity of 5247 MW electricity.
To save electricity, she said her government has undertaken a plan to distribute 2.8 crore CFL bulbs. Of them, she said, 1.05 crore CFL bulbs have already been distributed in the first phase, while the rest 1.75 crore CFL bulbs would be distributed in the second phase.
The Prime Minister also called upon the people to maintain austerity in using electricity and criticized the past BNP government and the subsequent caretaker government not to take any initiatives for raising gas and power production.
“The BNP and the caretaker governments failed to add a single megawatt of electricity to the national grid,” she said.