Drilling for gas from Well No 3 in Shabajpur Gas Field at Bhola began yesterday on a trial basis for feeding nearby Bhola, Borhanuddin Power Plant.
The gas extracted from the field will help generate 225 MW of electricity from the plant, Hossain Monsur, Chairman of Petrobangla, a state-owned oil and gas exploration company, told The Daily Observer.
Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Ltd (BAPEX) Managing Director Abdul Baki is not aware of the development, he said in reply to a query from this correspondent on Sunday.
The power sector is unable to generate about 2,000 MW of power due to gas shortage in spite of having arrangement for production. Due to acute gas crisis the government is depending on expensive oil-based rental power plants for generation of electricity which increases subsidy and power price for the consumers.
At least eight new gas-fired power projects with a combined generation capacity of 2,512 MW are facing uncertainty due to shortage of gas supply, officials said.
The new power plant projects are Shahjibazar 330 MW, Ghorasal 363 MW, three old units at Ghorasal Power Station with a combined generation capacity of 1,219 MW, Kodda 150 MW dual-fuel, Kodda 200 MW and Shikalbaha 250 MW plants.
Meanwhile, the power board signed a number of contracts allegedly without consultation with Petrobangla as to whether they could supply gas to the plants over the next 22 years.
Shabazpur Gas Field was discovered in 1995 and drilling began in1996. The total reserve of gas is estimated to be 45.6tcf from Well No 2 and No 3.