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Small scale LNG to be imported through FSRU

DHAKA, July 17, 2017 (BSS) - The government is expected to import small scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) up to 450 mmcf per day through installing three floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) at three points.

"We are to undertake an initiative to import small scale LNG by installing three FRSU at Sngu, KAFCO (Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company Limited) and Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Ltd. (CUFL)," Secretary of Energy and Mineral Resources Division Nazimuddin Chowdhury told BSS here today.

He said the imported LNG would be supplied through Sangu, KAFCO and CUFL, adding, "the government would import small scale LNG in one year to meet the domestic demand."

He said the government would utilize suspended ready pipeline of Sangu, jetty of KAFCO and CUFL. A study is going on what type of FRSU would be installed there for 150 mmcfd for each unit. The initiative is still at academic stage, he said.

Besides, the government is to install FRSU at Maheskhali Island in Cox's Bazar to facilitate the daily gas supply increase by 500 mmcf LNG from Qatar to meet the country's growing demand, officials said.

The government inked a deal with Excelerate Energy for FRSU to be built in 18 months.

Qatar's state-run firm-RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) would supply gas. But the government would also keep some other sources open for LNG import to mitigate gas crisis.

The government would also import LNG from spot market as 15 international LNG supplier companies would be enlisted, the Secretary said.