State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said that the import of diesel from India through the pipeline will start on an experimental basis in June.
He said this in a question and answer session in the National Parliament on Monday. Speaker Shireen Sharmin Chowdhury presided over the question and answer table when the parliament session started.
In response to the question of Awami League Member of Parliament MA Latif, the State Minister said, “India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline of about 131.5 km, including 5 km in the Indian part, has been constructed to import diesel from India through the pipeline.
“The pre-commissioning process of importing diesel through this pipeline is underway. It is expected that the commissioning of diesel import through that pipeline, i.e. pilot import of diesel, will begin in June.”
In response to the question of Member of Parliament Nurunnabi Chowdhury, the State Minister said that the amount of gas stored in the country till June last year was 9.06 trillion cubic feet (TCF). With this, it is possible to meet the needs of the country for about 11 years.
According to the latest estimate on July 1 last year, the country’s total recoverable proven and probable reserves are 28.59 TCF. Cumulative gas production in the country till June 30 last year is about 19.53 TCF. As such, the amount of remaining recoverable reserves is 9.06 TCF.