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State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid Bapu has said that 100 percent of the electrification will be ensured across the country by June this year.
He made this known on the first day of the General Manager Conference of the Rural Electrification Board in Khilkhat, the capital on Saturday (February 15).
Nasrul Hamid said that one of the biggest breakthroughs in electrification was the power development board. I thank the Rural Electrification Board for the challenge. Our challenge remains, however, that we have to complete 100 percent of the electricity by June, and the off-grid area should cover 100 percent of electricity by December.
He said that this will be the biggest gift from the power department to the people of Bangladesh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the Mujib year.
He also said the government has planned to control the captive electricity and CNG sectors by rising gas prices on the one hand and reducing supply beyond demand. But during the crisis, these two sectors were greatly encouraged.
Earlier, in the sixth session of the 11th Parliament, he said that the country currently has 10.33 trillion cubic feet (TFC) of extractive gas reserves. At present, 2,570 million cubic feet (MMCF) of gas are being produced daily from existing gas fields in the country. If gas production continues at this rate, it will be possible to use this reserve (10.33 TCF) for another 11 years with gas. According to Petrobangla, a total of 3,360 million cubic feet (MMCF) of gas is being supplied on average daily in the country.
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Out of this, domestic gas production is 2,570 million cubic feet (MMCF) and the imported LNG supply is 590 MMCF daily. However, the average daily gas demand in the country is around 3,000 MMCF. Speaking of the gas crisis, expensive LNG imports are being increased, domestic gas prices are also being raised. The government is also planning to shut off the gas in the captive electricity and CNG sectors to ensure the maximum economic value of gas.
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