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Land-based Liquefied Natural Gas terminal on the cards

400px-LNG_TerminalThe power cell under Power Division has sought expressions of interest (EOI) from international firms for the project, with the last date of submission set on April 28 

The government is going to set up the country’s first-ever land based Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal at Chittagong’s Anwara or Moheskhali in Cox’s Bazar.

The power cell under Power Division has sought expressions of interest (EOI) from international firms for the project, with the last date of submission set on April 28.

The purpose of establishing the terminal is to import LNG, so the country does not have to face any sudden energy crisis because of supply shortfall in the near future.

“We have received a credit from the International Development Agency in the amount of $155m towards the cost of the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development-2 Project. Part of the proceeds of this credit is intended as payment for consulting services for feasibility study on LNG terminal at Anwara in Chittagong or Moheskhali in Cox’s Bazar,??? power cell Director General Mohammad Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

He said the power cell was planning to set up a land-based LNG terminal to feed a proposed 1,000MW combined cycle power plant, as well as feeding the existing power plants at Raojan and Sikalbaha by one or more high pressure gas transmission pipelines to be connected from the LNG terminal.

On the other hand, the Energy and Mineral Resources Division has decided to set up the country’s first floating storage and re-gasification unit, also widely known as LNG terminal, at Moheskhali in Cox’s Bazar.

The government is looking for a contractor to install the unit under a build-own-operate-transfer basis for 15 years.

The country has been facing an acute gas crisis, as recent daily production of gas stood at around 2,300 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) against a demand of 3000mmcfd.

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Report: Aminur Rahman Rasel

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