4:34 pm - Saturday October 18, 2679

PM opens Bibiyana gas extension project

Voicing her high hope to produce more than 20,000 megawatts of power by 2021, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurated the much-awaited Bibiyana Gas Field Extension Project and the newly constructed Bibiyana-Dhanua Gas Distribution Transmission line.

Hasina formally opened the projects through unveiling the plaques at Nabiganj Bibiyana Gas Field Area in the district.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates various development projects in Habiganj on Saturday. Photo: PMO

American Oil Company Chevron completed the Bibiyana Gas Field Extension Project to improve the country’s overall gas production capacity.

Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL), a company of Petrobangla, implemented the Bibiyana-Dhanua Gas Pipeline project spending Tk 1709.77 crore aimed at supplying additional gas to the national grid produced from the Bibiyana Gas Field.

Under the project, a 137-km gas transmission line with a 36-inch diameter has been set up over Habiganj, Kishoreganj, Mymensingh and Gazipur districts, including a 67-km Haor area in Habiganj and Kishoreganj districts. Petrobangla, GTCL and six other companies of Petrobangla beard the total spending.

Initially, around 300 million cubic feet of gas will be supplied through this pipeline a day while the capacity would be gradually raised to maximum 640 million cubic feet every day.

Besides, the department of Energy and Mineral Resources, Petrobangla and GTCL completed the 137-km distribution line through a 67-km long remote and haor areas of Habiganj and Kishorganj as well as Mymensingh and Gazipur districts.

UNB adds:

Renewing her party’s allegation that Khaleda Zia boycotted the January-5 election sensing defeat, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the BNP chief had actually wanted to create a Thailand-like situation where martial law was declared amid the opposition’s movement.

“She (Khaleda) had actually wanted to create a situation in the country like the one in Thailand obstructing the January-5 election,” she told a mammoth public rally here at Habiganj New Field.

Hasina said the BNP leader had tried to foil the election. “What would have happened had the election been stopped…look at Thailand, martial law has been declared there, and there has been no election schedule.”

The Prime Minister also said Khaleda Zia did not participate in the election sensing defeat in the election. “But why did you (Khaleda) try to resist people, why did you kill the presiding officer,” she asked.

Chaired by local MP Advocate Abu Jahir, the rally was addressed, among others, by AL advisory council member Suranjit Sengupta, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, State Minister for Youth and Sports Biren Sikder, former chief whip Abdus Shahid, Biren Sikder and local Awami League leaders.

– Unb, Habiganj