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People suffer as glitch halts LNG supply in Ctg
Chattogram city dwellers have been suffering immensely over the past three days as technical glitches have halted supplies of liquefied natural gas from the country’s first LNG terminal in Moheshkhali.
Since November 3rd, there has been a technical problem in the supply valve at the floating storage regasification unit.
An acute shortage of gas has forced three power plants and a state-run fertiliser factory in Chattogram to suspend production since Saturday.
Residents of Mehedibag, Nasirabad, Monsurabad, Bakalia, Askar Dighir Par, Jamal Khan and some parts of Halishahar have been suffering a lot due to the gas crisis.
In Halishahar area, Ranu Barua said that very low pressure of gas made cooking almost impossible.
Nearby restaurant and hotels are also facing the same crisis. They have been buying food from restaurants far away from home.
In Bakalia area, housewife Mamata alleged that they were eating restaurant foods for the last two days.
Power Development Board Chattogram south zone chief engineer (distribution) Prabir Kumar Sarkar said that two power plants of 225MW and 150MW capacity at Shikalbaha of Patiya and the other of 210MW at Raozan stopped power generation because of the gas crisis.
Both the Shikalbaha power plants and the 210MW unit of the Roazan power plant had resumed operation after LNG was pumped through a pipeline in Chittagong on August 18 this year.
The state-owned Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Factory Ltd also temporarily stopped production after the gas crisis worsened on Sunday.
Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited general manager (operation) Monjurul Hoque said that technical glitch at a sub-sea pipeline at a 40-metre depth in the Bay halted the LNG supply. Another week will be needed to fix the problem.
He said that the LNG supply stopped on Saturday night and it would be impossible to repair it before November 15. ‘So, we are supplying gas from national grid,’ he said.
The current gas supplies to Chattogram were below 200 million cubic feet, against a demand for around 470 million cubic feet per day.