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Diesel supply to Dhaka thru pipeline likely to begin end of this year

Published : Saturday, 20 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 139

CHATTOGRAM, Apr 19: By the end of this year, a 250 km long pipeline is expected to carry over 27 lakh metric tonnes of diesel (High Speed Diesel, or HSD) to Dhaka and the countrys northern areas.

According to Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) sources, over 83 per cent of the works have so far been completed. The installation works of pipeline from Chattogram to Dhaka have been completed, said Colonel Jahangir Hussain, Project Director. "At the end of the current year we shall be able to operate the pipeline," Colonel Jahangir Hussain said.

Currently, connections with three terminals, one at Chattogram and two others in Dhaka have been going on, he said. "Very soon the connections of pipeline with the terminals will be completed," Jahangir said.

BPC had taken the project of the installation of 250-kilometre pipeline, for supplying fuel oil from Chattogram to Dhaka in an attempt to check pilferage and ensure its quick supply.

Presently, from Godnail and Fatullah in Narayanganj, oil tankers usually transport oil through waterways to the depots in the countrys northern areas including Baghabari (Pabna), Chilmari (Kurigram) and north-western Chachna Bazar (Sunamganj).

The 237.71-km 16-inch diameter pipeline had been installed from BPCs Chattogram tank terminal at Padma Oil installations at Patenga to Godnail tank terminal in Narayanganj.

Besides, the BPC installed another 8.29-km 10-inch diameter pipeline from Godnail to Fatullah in Narayanganj to carry oil.
Another 59.23-km 8-inch diameter pipeline from Cumilla to Chandpur has also been set up to supply oil to Chandpur areas later on.

The oil transportation pipeline will be secured as it will be three-LPE (Layer Extruded Polyethylene Coating) coated pipeline.

Once the pipeline is installed, it would help cut time in oil delivery to end-users, traffic congestion and accidents during transportation and other unforeseen bottlenecks like natural disasters and strike. BPC sources further said, Dhaka and its adjacent areas consume over two million tonnes of oil a year.

Some 200 oil tankers are used to transport nearly 90 per cent of oil through waterways. Currently, Bangladesh depends on coastal tankers, railway wagons and tank-lorries to carry refined oils to end-users after import from global suppliers into Chattogram depots as it has no major oil-carrying pipeline. Small barges, mostly owned by the private sector, also carry petroleum products on various river routes.

Moreover, due to navigability issues in inland waterways, transporting fuel become particularly difficult during the dry season. This disrupts the supply of fuel but if the project is implemented, the BPC could avoid these losses.

The BPC officials went on to say that the project would facilitate the movement of 27-30 lakh tonnes of fuel directly from Chattogram to Dhaka each year while the capacity could be increased to 50 lakh tonnes later.

This will revolutionize the transportation of fuel, sources said, adding that with this, the long wait for safe fuel transportation will come to an end.

Meanwhile, the cost of the 250 km long Chattogram-Dhaka oil pipeline has been hiked to a total of taka 3600 crore.

The approval came from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral resources last year. At the same time the deadline has also been extended to December 2024 next.

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