RasGas's LNG-carrying vessel finally docked at Moheshkhali's floating LNG (liquefied natural gas) import terminal on Saturday after a three-day struggle due to rough sea.
Re-gasified LNG (R-LNG) supply to the port city of Chattogram increased again to around 300 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) from Saturday evening, said a senior Petrobangla official.
The second commercial LNG vessel carried around 140,000 cubic metres of LNG to the floating LNG terminal on September 19 and was supposed to dock by September 20 and initiate re-gasifying LNG.
The state-run corporation had to count losses as it would have to pay full charge for re-gasifying 500 mmcfd of gas, no matter it re-gasifies less or the maximum of its capacity, said a senior Petrobangla official.
Gas supply in Chattogram fell to around 200 mmcfd until Wednesday afternoon and then it dropped to around 100 mmcfd on Thursday and continued until Saturday afternoon, said a senior official of state-run gas Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd (KGDCL).
Excelerate has been charging fees worth US$ 232,000 daily to Petrobangla since commissioning of its vessel on the Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal on August 18, he said.
KGDCL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petrobangla, is responsible for supplying natural gas to the port city of Chattogram.
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