The energy ministry has said supplies to CNG-refuelling stations would remain cut for 24 hours from midnight on Friday, the Eid day. In a statement announcing the move on Tuesday, it said ‘emergency maintenance’ at Bibiyana gas-field called for the suspension. The field, run by Chevron, is a key gas provider, generating about 45 percent of the country’s total gas production.
It throws a spanner in the works of the government that had decided to keep all the refilling stations open for 24 hours for seven days starting three days prior to Eid.
Generally, refilling stations remain closed from 5pm to 9pm.
However, to ensure hassle-free journey of Eid holidaymakers, refilling stations every year are allowed to operate round the clock for a few days. But as per the ministry’s release, the CNG stations would not get uninterrupted supply for seven days. Bangladesh CNG Filling Station and Conversion Workshop Owners Association Convenor Masud Khan said there was no storage facility at the refilling stations.
“The refilling stations can provide gas only when it is there in the pipeline. Every station has some cylinders, but they are enough only to cater to a few vehicles,” he told bdnews24.com Monday. He, however, stated that government had taken the decision to suspend the gas supply at an appropriate time.
There are 570 CNG filling stations across Bangladesh. These stations get only five percent of the country’s total gas supply, agencies report.