Gas users across the country will face low pressure to supply disruption for the next three days as the flow of imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the transmission line is being hampered due to the hostile weather.
The supply of LNG dropped by 200mmcf (million cubic feet) to 630mmcf per day, said official at Gas Transmission Company Limited.
Informing customers of the matter, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company (Titas Gas) that supplies gas in Dhaka and Mymensingh divisions apologized for the inconvenience.
Titas Gas Managing Director Ali Iqbal Md Nurullah said his organisation was prioritising the power sector and domestic users, with the limited supply of gas.
"Generally, we get 1,700 mmcf gas (LNG and gas from national gas fields) per day. This supply has now come down to 1,600 mmcf. Due to the low supply, we cannot provide the expected amount of gas to power plants," he said.
Officials at Bangladesh Power Development Board said they had received 1,200mmcf gas per day against the demand for 1,450 mmcf for power generation before the disruption. The supply has now fallen to 1,100mmcf.
The supply disruption compelled the agency to purchase electricity from oil-fired power plants to meet the demand, they said. That has increased costs a bit.
Currently, the government has two floating LNG storage units in Moheskhali sea shore with a capacity to supply 1,000 mmcf gas per day. The total consumption in the country is 3,200mmcf, according to the data of state-owned oil company Petrobangla.