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Overall gas output reaches 3,667.04 bcf over 4 yrs

Overall production of natural gas reached 3,667.04 billion cubic feet (bcf) over the last four years of the incumbent government, State Minister for the ministry of power, energy and mineral resources (MoPEMR) Mohammad Enamul Haque told Parliament Thursday.

In response to a tabled question raised by Jatiya Party lawmaker AKM Mayeedul Islam during the post-budgetary session on the day, the minister said 55 per cent of gas is produced by foreign firms and the rest by local companies.

Of the local companies, Bangladesh Gas Field Company Limited (BGFCL) accounts for 34 per cent followed by Sylhet Gas Field Limited (SGFL) with 7.0 pr cent and Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration & Production Company Limited (BAPEX) with 4.0 per cent.

Meanwhile, of the international firms, Chevron accounts for 50 per cent, Tallow for 4.0 per cent and Santos for 1.0 per cent of the generated natural gas, the minister said, adding that they discovered two onshore gas fields - Srikail and Sundalpur - during the period.

According to the current estimation, recoverable gas reserve of the latest fields is about 200 bcf, the minister said.

Gas deficit now stands at 500 million cf a day as the supply is 2,270 million cf against the demand of 2,700-2,800 cf, the minister said in answer to a question of Awami League reserved lawmaker Nazma Akter. 

Replying to another scripted query of AL reserved lawmaker Momotaz Begum, the state minister said 1,900 megawatt more power would be added to the national grid by 2013. 

Currently the average power production is 6,000-6,400 megawatt a day against the demand of 6,400-6,600 megawatt.

Responding to another question of independent parliamentarian Mohammad Fazlul Azim, Mr Haque said the country's economy highly depends on natural gas, which fulfils 72 per cent demand of commercial energy.

He said some 7.0-8.0 per cent population of the country directly use gas in their daily work as gas connection for households crossed 2.3 million.